Category Archives: Member News

Xerox awarded major contract

Congratulations to Xerox, a member company, on being selected by New York to update the state’s Medicaid claims processing system to a new technology platform that will put the Empire State on the cutting edge.

According to a report in Business Wire, the five-year contract totals just under $565 million. The article quotes New York State’s Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson as saying, ““Xerox is giving New York the flexibility to customize our Medicaid program so we can best serve both the people who rely on this system and the healthcare providers who are on the front lines of caring for them every day. We’ll rely on Xerox to offer a simple and straightforward experience for our service providers and our Medicaid population.”

The story goes on to add that the new system, dubbed Health Enterprise, will allow for:

  • Quicker updates
  • Modularity and interoperability
  • Mobile access
  • Population health management

For more information on the contract, and to read the whole story, please click here.

Verizon named best for vets

Fantastic news for one of our member companies! Verizon just took the top spot in the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings.

The top five are:

  1. Verizon
  2. USAA
  3. Lockheed Martin
  4. BAE Systems
  5. Charles Schwab Corp.

According to USA Today: “More companies than ever before responded to this year’s survey, which explored each employer’s recruiting, culture and policies.”

“Service members have an accelerated learning curve,” said Evan Guzman, Verizon’s head of military programs, and he explained the goal isn’t only to bring in talent, but also, “to make sure we at least give them some guidance and support”.

We want to congratulate Verizon, and thank them for their dedication to our military. The USA Today article referenced above can be found here.

IBM aims to shake up the health care industry

Forbes.com is out with a very interesting story about how IBM, a member company, is making a significant foray into the health care industry.

According to the story, “IBM’s pitch is that it will be able to create a new middle layer in the health care system – linking the old electronic records systems, some of which have components dating back to the 1970s, with a new, cloud-based architecture, because of its deep breadth of experience.”

The article goes on to say that as part of the effort, IBM is acquiring two companies, Cleveland’s Explorys and Dallas’ Phytel. The computing giant also announced strategic partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson (also a BCNYS member), and Medtronic.

The entire effort centers around IBM’s Watson computer. You probably remember Watson from its famous appearance as a contestant on Jeopardy! a few years ago.

The article states the jury is still out on whether Watson is up to the task, but IBM is convinced the technology is ready. Stay tuned!

Retiring Lt. Governor Duffy to be CEO of Rochester Business Alliance

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will become the next CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance at the start of the new year, the organization announced on Wednesday morning.

Duffy starts his new job Jan. 5.

Duffy is a former mayor of Rochester with close ties to Governor Cuomo, who has said economic redevelopment of upstate cities will be one of his agenda items. Duffy succeeds Sandy Parker as CEO. Parker will retire at the end of the year.

Click here to read the news release from the Rochester Business Alliance.

Destiny USA opened 24 years ago this week

Central New York landmark, and Business Council member Destiny USA, celebrated its grand opening 24 years ago this week as Carousel Center. The facility, opened on October 15, 1990 with approximately 1.1 million square feet of retail space. It has more than doubled in size since then.

With the addition of the expansion in 2011, Destiny USA is now 2.4 million square feet. It is home to more than 160 retail stores, over 40 outlets, 33 restaurants and 17 entertainment venues, making it a destination for couples, friends and families across the region and the world.

Carousel Center has a fascinating history. It was named after the iconic Carousel that sits inside the Food Court on the second level. Carousel No. 18 was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1909 and had quite a journey as it moved around the country for 81 years – including several homes in the Syracuse area. The Pyramid Companies purchased the Carousel for $397,500 in 1985 when its then-current home at Roseland Park closed. The company restored it and placed it in Carousel Center in 1990.

“The Carousel continues to run each day and puts smiles on the faces of everyone, kids and adults alike,” Sara Wallace, Director of Marketing, said. “Destiny USA will be offering free carousel rides to everyone on October 15 as part of the anniversary celebration.”

The facility has always been much more than just a shopping center. Even from its early years, it has been a driver of economic development, including jobs, sales tax revenues, and tourism to the area. Carousel Center, and now Destiny USA, also has an active history focused on environmental protection since Robert Congel, founder of The Pyramid Companies, purchased the land the facility stands on in 1983.

Now, in its industry-leading role, Destiny USA implements a model of advanced and innovative sustainability initiatives as a LEED Gold® certified building, including rainwater harvesting, a solar reflective “cool” roof, purchasing Green Power for the facility, using recycled products used in construction throughout the expansion, and many more.
Carousel Center opening
“We’re proud of our LEED Gold® status and strive to expand all of our sustainability measures throughout the facility,” Rob Schoeneck, General Manager, said. “Destiny USA has grown its recycling program in recent years and created a composting program. Since July 2012, we’ve composted more than 1.1 million pounds from 25 restaurants.”

New York State Announces Second Round of P-TECH Business-Education Partnerships

New York state has announced a $4-million second round of funding to expand the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.

The first 16 schools funded in the first round of NYS P-TECH awards will open in September, preparing to serve more than 6,000 young adults throughout the state.

The Business Council supports, and is involved in the P-TECH partnerships which were innovated by IBM.

Stanley S. Litow, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the company’s International Foundation, said, “The P-TECH grades 9 -14 model can be a real boon to students and employers, creating a clear pathway from school to career all across New York State.”

Heather C. Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, said, “Our members across the state have jobs for skilled workers to grow their businesses and drive the local economy. NYS P-TECH’s public-private partnership model ensures quality education for students and a highly-skilled labor force for employers.”

Applications are due by September 12, 2014 and can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap.

Mom’s recipe becomes Worthy Jerky

Alex Krakoski was finishing high school in Switzerland on a scholarship when he ran short of money, and that is when he got in touch with his mother and asked her to send him the jerky recipe.

This was not just any beef jerky. This was the jerky his mother made for him as a kid using the best natural ingredients.

Describing what makes his mom’s jerky so special Alex said, “My mother was a dedicated cook and didn’t want me to eat junk food, so she would make this really good jerky with steak, fruits and vegetables and spices.”

Alex started making his mother’s jerky in Switzerland for about $3 a pound and began selling it to his fellow students for about six times as much. That generated the cash he needed for the trip back to the United States and it planted a seed that has grown into Worthy Jerky, a business that Alex and his fellow Cornell University classmate Benjamin Pham founded and continue to operate with a management team comprised of several other Cornell students.

Worthy Jerky is one of the newest members of The Business Council of New York State.

As with most startups, there is an idea guy and a business guy. Alex is the CEO and idea guy. Ben is the COO and business guy. Other students handle product development, creative strategy, public relations, finance, manufacturing, distribution and marketing.

Alex describes the nutritional value of Worthy Jerky as comparable to Chobani Yogurt in that both are made from natural ingredients.

The jerky caught on and Alex and Ben faced the happy decision of how to grow their business. “We had a choice to make,” Alex told a member of The Business Council staff during a recent visit to Albany. “We could drop out of college, open our own facility and produce jerky, or we could find a contract producer to make and package our jerky.”

They decided to stay in college and found a company in Sherill, N.Y. to handle the manufacturing and packaging of Worthy Jerky. Worthy Jerky is now sold in the Cornell Campus Store and P&C Fresh supermarkets in Ithaca and Cortland.

When this team of Cornell students graduates next year, they will not only have college degrees, they will have a business that is poised to grow and a fantastic experience with capitalism.

Visit Worthy Jerky’s website for more information.

AT&T 4G LTE expands in Albany area

AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in areas around Albany, N.Y.  More consumers and businesses in in Otsego, Greene, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties can now experience the latest generation of wireless technology.

New areas of coverage include Cooperstown, Milford, Oneonta, Catskill, Delanson, Duanesburg, the New York State Thruway in Schenectady County, Carlisle, Central Bridge and Cobleskill.

“We’ve seen positive response from our investment in the 4G LTE network, and as today’s expansion shows, we’re continuing to rollout our fast 4G LTE speeds to more of the Northern Catskills,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president, AT&T.  From 2011 through 2013, AT&T invested nearly $1.45 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in New York.

The benefits AT&T 4G LTE include: faster speeds, reliability, new devices, faster response time, and spectrum efficiency.

[youtube height=”400″ width=”500″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjCvY4utV-o&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

The expansion is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced in Fall 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.  Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy small cells and add Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.

AT&T also operates more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 1 million globally through roaming agreements. The company is also a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.

Over the past six years (2008 to 2013), AT&T invested more than $140 billion into its wireless and wireline networks, when you combine capital investment and acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations.  

 

Where IN New York joins Made in New York

IN_main_1Manhattan-based publishing company Where® IN New York recently joined The Business Council of New York State’s Made in New York program.  Made in New York is an exclusive benefit for The Business Council members who produce or manufacture products in the Empire State.

“Where® IN New York’s publications are essential guides for travelers to New York City,” says Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council. “Travel and tourism is a key sector of our state economy and Where IN New York’s inclusion in Made in New York showcases New York City’s best offerings to consumers around the state.” 

“This invaluable partnership is the perfect platform for Where® IN New York to promote our market-leading publications to members of The Business Council,” says Where® IN New York’s Senior Vice President Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Adeline Tafuri Jurecka. “Our publications and partners connect with more than 30 million travelers through several avenues, including concierge participation, and our goal is to provide the visitor market with the best the city has to offer.” 

Made in New York provides one-stop shopping for consumers interested in boosting New York’s economy and growing local jobs — both priorities of The Business Council.

Where® IN New York has been the leader in guiding travelers and residents to the best that New York City and the TriState area have to offer for more than 77 years and provides 20 jobs to New York’s economy. The company’s products featured on Made in New York include its monthly, consumer-style IN New York magazine; the annual Where Guest Book® New York; the monthly New York Where®, and the quarterly IN New York Map.

The Where® IN New York brand portfolio transforms Tri-State, national and international travelers into local spenders.  Where IN New York leverages special partnerships with the hospitality industry to help sophisticated travelers decide how to spend their time—and money.

To view Where® IN New York’s Made in New York page or for more information on Made in New York, visit www.madeinny.org.  For more information on Where IN New York and its publications, visit www.mvpny.net.

IBM and Apple forge global partnership to transform enterprise mobility

Apple and Business Council member IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration that draws on the distinct strengths of each company: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with Apple’s legendary consumer experience,  hardware and software integration and developer platform. The combination will create apps that can transform specific aspects of how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction—faster and easier than ever before.

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.

“Mobility—combined with the phenomena of data and cloud—is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. “This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM’s leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can’t imagine living without. Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple and IBM’s shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company’s knowledge, data, analytics and workflows. Specifically, the two companies are working together to deliver the essential elements of enterprise mobile solutions:

For more information visit www.ibm.com/MobileFirstForiOS or www.apple.com/ipad/business.