The Impact of Buy America on Clinton County

December, 2015

The presence of Bombardier and Nova Bus are the face of Buy America in our community. Buy America has many different statutory foundations as well as colloquial meaning. It first came to life in the “Buy America Act” (1933). In 1979, the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) that provided for a system of exemptions became law. read more

Help From High Places

December, 2015

Angel investor: Someone who provides financial backing for startups or entrepreneurs. The capital they provide can be a one-time injection of seed money or ongoing support to carry the company through difficult times. Angel investors give more favorable terms than other lenders because they are focused on helping the business succeed rather than reaping a read more

Not Just Nuts and Bolts

December, 2015

PRE-TECH PRECISION For over a hundred years, the tiny ham- let of Mineville, New York played a vital role in industry that reverberated outside its immediate region. Ore was discovered there in the early 1800s, and first the Witherbee- Sherman Company and later Republic Steel ran the mine there until it closed in 1971. Railroad read more

The Boat of the Future: Procat 320

December, 2015

ProCat U.S., owned by Magguy Thibodeau and Michel Pachiaudo, has begun to produce the ProCat 320, a catamaran work boat that is more than a redesign of a classic vessel. It is a fiber- glass symbol of how perfectly applied vision can spur an innovative business, stimulate economic growth in a North Country village and read more

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


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