Fred Smith

December, 2015

Current Position: Interim President, Clinton Community College Hometown: Evans Mills, New York Education: B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Albany; M.B.A. from Syracuse University Civic involvement: Honorary Rotarian, Board of Directors service to various organizations including Lake Forest and the Plattsburgh Old Base Memorial Chapel Fred Smith personifies the adage, “The reward for good work is read more


Nomad

December, 2015

Einstein has been quoted as saying, “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” The owners of Nomad Airstream, a full service Airstream travel trailer customization and ser- vice company based in Plattsburgh, NY, can relate. The story of Nomad president Steven Clement and CEO Guillaume Langevin is one of small serendipities, enormous challenges and more read more


Jewels of the North Country

December, 2015

Perry Sporn started selling jewelry in New York City to pay his college tuition and opened his first jewelry store in Saratoga Springs in the early 1980s. Today Sporn has 20 stores and 550 employees throughout the Northeast and Quebec. After selling national brand jewelry made all over the world, Sporn was inspired to create read more


Nova Bus: Buses Four Ways

December, 2015

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority just received its first compressed natural gas (CNG) bus to run in the city of Buffalo, a first for Buffalo and for Plattsburgh. That was the first CNG bus to roll off the line at the Nova Bus manufacturing facility on Banker Road. Nova Bus, a subsidiary of Volvo Bus North read more


December 2015

December, 2015

There was a time when this area of New York State was known for three things: Plattsburgh Air Force Base, SUNY Plattsburgh and dairy farming. There was some manufacturing — Imperial Wallcoverings which closed in the late 1990s, Diamond International (now PACTIV) and Georgia Pacific (celebrating more than 50 years in Plattsburgh). Today much has read more


Igniting an Economic Revolution

November, 2015

On October 5th, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council submitted its proposal under Governor Cuomo’s “Upstate Revitalization Initiative”, a one-time competition among seven upstate regions for up to $500 million of economic development investment over the next ve years. The outcome of this and other elements of the 2015 regional economic development competition process read more


The Man Behind The Plan

November, 2015

As you travel up the winding driveway, past the manicured grounds and bucolic pond, and take in the commanding building exterior, the University of Vermont Health Network — Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) radiates comfort, security and safety. Keeping the hundreds of patients, staff and visitors who enter the main building, surrounding offices and medical read more


Health Emergency Plans

November, 2015

Most of us take some things for granted. Health is one of them, especially if we feel good. We’ve had our flu shots. We go to the doctor for checkups. We exercise and try to eat good foods. But, what if there were a widespread health crisis in our area? To find out, we visited read more


Disaster Planning At Northern Insuring Agency, Inc

November, 2015

Nobody likes to think of disaster befalling, whether it is personal or corporate. Flood, fire, natural disaster, data security breach, or even a personal tragedy can visit any of us at any moment. “Even if you know what to do when something goes wrong, it is still hard to handle,” Deena McCullough stated. “But having read more


Making Sure the Lines Are Always Open: Wells Communications

November, 2015

Coordinating emergency communication services during a record-breaking ice storm, installing and restoring emer- gency call boxes along the desolate areas of the Northway and assisting local authorities to communicate with over 1,300 law enforcement personnel during Prison Break 2015— the rain-drenched, three-week manhunt in remote Adirondack forest- land — show Wells Communications at its best. read more