Category Archives: Technology

Capital Region leaders say growing skills gap will leave more students unprepared for jobs

Workforce development has been one of The Business Council’s leading concerns as more and more of it members report a shortage of workers with skills to fill high-skill jobs. On its Education and Workforce Development committee webpage, The Business Council wrote about the importance of training individuals in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — “[it’s] critical if we want to stay competitive in the global economy. The Business Council supports initiatives that foster the development of a 21st century workforce, ensure that students are well prepared for entrance into college and career, and strengthen partnerships between private-sector companies, colleges and local school districts.”

In a report in the Times Union, Eric Anderson cited a report by America’s Edge, “a business-supported organization that advocates investments in education, they warned that the state will eventually face a shortage of 350,000 workers with the skills to fill so-called “middle-skill” jobs, those that require training beyond high school but not a bachelor’s degree.”

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New York State to ask smartphone makers to help prevent thefts

New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman will announce today that he has sent letters to the top executives of Apple, Google, Microsoft and Sumsung asking “for their cooperation in working on new measures to prevent thefts,” writes Thomas Kaplan of The New York Times.

In New York City alone, the Police Department recorded an increase of 3,890 Apple product thefts in 2012.

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The Business Council welcomes new members

MedicalSocietyofstateofNewYorkThe Medical Society of the State of New York represents approximately 30,000 licensed physicians, medical residents, and medical students in New York State.  MSSNY is a non-profit organization committed to representing the medical profession as a whole and advocating health related rights, responsibilities and issues. MSSNY strives to promote and maintain high standards in medical education and in the practice of medicine in an effort to ensure that quality medical care is available to the public.

CTGLogoCTG develops innovative IT solutions and services to address the business needs and challenges in several higher-growth industries including healthcare, energy, and technology services. They are a leading provider of IT and business consulting solutions to the healthcare market, as well as managed services IT staffing for major technology companies and large corporations.

StandardSolarStandard Solar provides solar electric solution and have completed over 1000 residential and commercial projects installed to date and are one of the most experienced solar companies in the country.  They employ the most NABCEP certified engineers, installers, and electricians to ensure the utmost in our dedication and quality of work.

hilliard_logoThe Hilliard Corp. is a World Leader In Motion Control And Filtration Technology and is located in Elmira, NY Since 1905. The Hilliard Corporation offers a broad line of motion control products, oil filtration and reclaiming equipment, starters for industrial gas, diesel engines and gas turbines, and plate and frame filter presses used in the food and beverage industry.

Thank you all, for joining The Business Council!

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Colleges cut prices by providing more financial aid

Private U.S. colleges simply could not ignore falling enrollment rates. As Ruth Simon of The Wall Street Journal reported, enrollment fell at 46 percent of the 383 private colleges last fall, according to the new Nacubo survey. “Some private colleges are seeing just 20 percent of the students they accepted actually enrolling,” wrote Simon.

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Crain’s: Cyberattacks on credit-card systems rise

Elaine Pofeldt of Crain’s New York Business reports that Symantec, the online security company, found that cyberattacks on businesses increased by  42 percent in 2012. Pofeldt wrote that restaurants and hotels are the most common victims, followed by retailers.

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NYTimes: Cornell gets major gift for Roosevelt Island project

Cornell Tech has received a gift of $133 million that will help the applied sciences graduate school created by Cornell University to offer a two-year, two-degree master’s program. Cornell Tech will be located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Students at the newly named Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute will specialize in connective media, healthier living or the built environment.

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Your most engaged staff may be your worst workers

This comes under the heading of interesting, doesn’t it? In a special to The Globe and Mail, Harvey Schachter wrote about research which shows the highest performers are not the most engaged workers. Here are the first two paragraphs of Schachter’s piece – you’ll have to read on.

What if your top performers were not your most engaged employees or were frustrated and considering bolting from your organization, in part because you were letting low performers slough off?

What if your lowest performers were your most engaged employees – so engaged, in fact, that they were recruiting their friends to come on board, perhaps talking up your company because it is, to their minds, a fairly undemanding workplace?

This sounds like a disastrous situation, but luckily it’s not your workplace, right?

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