Tag Archives: Innovation

Catholic Health’s new website gives detailed hospital information

The following story written by Stephen T. Watson of The Buffalo News is an interesting look at Catholic Health’s effort to provide important information to current and prospective patients which go way beyond doctor listings, descriptions of departments and directions to its hospitals. The health system will be providing important data that patients can use to make important decisions.

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Uniland remaking Frey the Wheelman site into hip office space

Uniland Development Co., a long-time member of The Business Council, is taking on a $5 million project in Buffalo to transform industrial properties into an “innovation hub for one or more technology companies,” writes Jonathan Epstein of The Buffalo News. The property on Ellicott Street is located near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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NanoCollege to get federal funding

The Times Union reports that The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will get $8.3 million over the next five years through federal funding.  The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative is a computer chip research program.  The NanoCollege is one of three research centers that will share $25 million in funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Semiconductor Research Corp.

Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity

“Now is the time to work together to successfully implement evidence-based initiatives that will prepare all students to graduate high school with the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.” – Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State.

Margaret Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Education joined Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council yesterday to host the educational conference “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity”.  The Business Council joined forces with U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation to focus on career readiness for New York students. As part of a panel presentation, Paul S. Speranza, Jr., vice chairman, general counsel and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and vice chair and treasurer of The Business Council, gave an impassioned speech about a number of educational initiatives that are currently underway in Rochester and Western New York. He outlined how these programs could be replicated around the state.

Approximately three million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled and major reforms are necessary to overcome the skill gap. After graduating from high school, students are often ill-equipped to become successful in college and the work world. Businesses, elected officials, parents, and education leaders need to work in partnership to ensure that students have all the skills they need for success in our communities.

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Tech graduates from Clarkson could make more than Harvard graduates

U.S. Chamber and Business Council Host Education Forum, Issue Call to Action for Business Community

Breaking The Monopoly of Mediocrity


Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Facilities and Transportation Exemption

The Business Council supports legislation to amend the environmental conservation law to allow for the transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG, is the same natural gas used in homes for heating and cooling but it is condensed into a liquid. Small Business Day on April 17th is your opportunity to show support for this issue.

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Memo of Support
The Hill: Liquefied natural gas: Transforming US into global energy hub
Forbes: All Roads Lead to Natural Gas-Fueled Cars and Trucks

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.

Labor Department hosts New NY Bridge employment information forums March 6-7

Join the New York State Department of Labor as they present two informational forums for job seekers interested in working on various aspects of the New NY Bridge project. Hear from representatives of the NYS Thruway Authority, members of the Tappan Zee Constructors consortium, and the NYS Department of Labor. Pre-registration is required.

Forum Dates & Locations
March 6 March 7
10:00am – 12:00pm
Rockland County Community College
Cultural Arts Theatre and Atrium
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
10:00am – 12:00pm
Westchester Marriot
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10592

To Register

Space is limited and seats will go on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you are interested in attending, we strongly encourage you to pre-register for the event. Information for this post provided by the NYS Dept. of Labor.

For more information about the New NY Bridge project, visit the New NY Bridge website.

AT&T invests over $1.4 billion in New York from 2010 -2012 to enhance speed, reliablity and performance for customers

This just in from AT&T – AT&T* invested more than $1.4 billion in its New York wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**

AT&T has made nearly 1,600 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in New York during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.AT&T logo

AT&T launched 4G LTE in Albany, Syracuse,Rochester, Buffalo, Saratoga and Saratoga Springs in 2012 and earlier this year in Ithaca. The network is also available in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets. 

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.

“Across New York, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks help create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president, AT&T New York.

 Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:

•           Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014

•           Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by   year-end 2015

•           Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in New York or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

Verizon invested over $ 1.5 Billion on New York’s and Connecticut’s wireline communications, IT Infrastructure in 2012

This just in from Verizon – “Verizon’s powerful networks continue to meet the growing broadband, communications and information needs of New York’s consumers and businesses, as the company invested more than $1.5 billion in its New York and Connecticut wireline networks and information technology infrastructure in 2012. 

Continuing a trend that began in 1995, Verizon has spent in excess of $1 billion each year to further build, refine and modernize its land-based communications infrastructure in the two states.Verizon Logo

“The economic health of these states, and the people who live and work there, is increasingly tied to robust and modern communications networks, and Verizon’s significant infrastructure investments provide a prescription for growth,” said Kevin Service, Northeast area president.  “Advanced networks spur innovation, commerce, business development, learning and communication at an accelerated pace.

“Our infrastructure investment breaks down traditional technological boundaries, providing powerful solutions that enable people and businesses to connect however, whenever and wherever they want.  This creates opportunities that are borderless and that bring great benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and communities,” said Service.

More than half of U.S. consumers say Internet service is their home’s most important convenience, according to the Verizon FiOS Innovation Index – a series of consumer research surveys.  More than 50 percent of all survey respondents also indicated an interest in remote health monitoring and virtual medical visits, which are enabled by ultra-high-speed networks and innovative applications.

“Whether it’s touring the Louvre from your laptop, watching TV on your tablet, or monitoring blood pressure online, the power of our networks is helping consumers and businesses advance their own agenda and remove technological boundaries,” said Service.

Innovation That Creates Consumer Choice, Delivers Rich Customer Experiences

Verizon’s major wireline infrastructure programs in 2012 included:

  • Continued deployment of the company’s award-winning, 100-percent fiber-optic FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services.  At year’s end, FiOS services were available to more than 3.45 million New York and Connecticut homes and businesses.
  • The introduction of breakthrough speeds with FiOS Quantum Internet for consumers and small businesses, featuring download/upload speeds of 50/25, 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 megabits per second (Mbps).  The two highest downstream speed offers – 150 and 300 Mbps – and the new 65 Mbps upstream speed are some of the nation’s fastest mass scale Internet speeds available.  (This FiOS Internet speed grid shows specific examples of the benefits of faster downstream and upstream speeds.)
  • Continued FiOS innovation:
    • FiOS TV anytime, anywhere, on a variety of devices, including Flex View and FiOS TV Online, to which Verizon added 12 new brands, representing more than 50 channels, including Showtime, FOX, VH1, NFL Network and NFL RedZone
    • TV beyond the set-top box, featuring 75 live, linear channels delivered via Xbox, iPad and an array of Samsung and LG smart TVs and Blu-ray players
    • Content enhancement by adding 28 new channels, such as BBC HD and Cartoon Network HD; more than 17,000 video-on-demand titles, including free VOD from NBA TV; and a significant expansion to Verizon’s free on-demand offerings from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and Showtime.  FiOS TV now offers more than 50,000 VOD titles each month.
  • Investing in superior customer experiences: More than 200,000 Verizon customers nationwide who had repeat repair calls on their landline phone service moved their service from Verizon’s copper network to the company’s all-fiber infrastructure, which is less susceptible than copper to moisture and water damage and offers a better service experience.
  • Continued deployment of fiber-optic links to wireless providers’ cell sites throughout New York and Connecticut as these carriers expand their infrastructure to meet ever-growing demand for wireless broadband and advanced 4G services.  In 2012, Verizon deployed fiber optics to connect 867 of these sites in the two states.  

(NOTE: Verizon Wireless infrastructure investment information can be found at http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/index.html?type=News+Releases.)

MIT: Nation must rebuild ‘industrial ecosystem’ to spur manufacturing

Megan Woolhouse of the Boston Globe writes – “A new report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology urgently recommended that the nation rebuild its “industrial ecosystem” of manufacturers, suppliers, research, and skilled labor to support multiple industries, not just clusters of companies dedicated to one particular sector.

The report, unveiled in Washington Friday, said manufacturers with the ability and talent to produce the ideas of entrepreneurs are in increasingly short supply, as US corporations have shifted production offshore and outstourced many other functions, such as research and development, over the last 30 years.

“Across the entire industrial landscape there are now gaping holes and missing pieces,” the report said. “It’s not just that factories stand empty and crumbling; it’s that critical strengths and capabilities have disappeared that once served to bring new enterprises to life.”

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