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Mar 09, 2011 8:08 am
Chambers of Commerce weigh in on biz climate
Francesca Olsen of the Register-Star reports on the 25th annual business climate survey, which polls the members of area Chambers of Commerce in the Capital Region, including the Columbia County Chamber. The survey, put together by Marvin and Company, P.C., and the University at Albany School of Business, finds that the Columbia Chamber seems optimistic about the future, with 52% of respondents believing their businesses would “remain stable” in 2011, 37% saying they believed their business would increase and 11 percent saying they thought business would decrease. Only 6.7 percent, meanwhile, saw their employment levels dipping in any way.

Peckham to expand with Greene IDA help
Mid Hudson News Network has a story about how Peckham Industries will lease and redevelop more property in the Town of Athens, with the aid of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency. The transaction will provide for the expansion of the existing Peckham material business and its facilities and creation of five new jobs. Now to see what happens with the proposals in terms of local planning reviews and public hearings...

Redistricting debate roils Senate
The Times Union ports on yelling and threats in the state Senate this week as Senate Republicans rejected the Democratic minority's attempt to push for a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's redistricting bill, which would create a nonpartisan commission to draw new district lines based on recent census figures, instead of leaving such matters to existing majorities and incumbents, with the GOP is saying is the only way to do things now, legally.

Flood watch is issued
The Daily Freeman has passed on a flood watch from the National Weather Service in Albany for the region from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. The combination of 1 to 4 inches of rain expected, snow melt due to warmer temperatures, poor drainage from blocked storm drains, and lack of rainfall infiltration due to a frozen ground could result in flooding. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

State job cuts negate private-sector gains
The Albany Business Journal has a story in which it is noted that losses of government jobs in the Capital Region swelled at the start of 2011, easily negating private-sector gains, according to new data. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area, covering five counties, had a net gain of 1,000 private-sector jobs from January 2010 to January 2011. The health care sector led the way, along with one covering scientific, engineering and technical jobs. But the region had a net loss of 6,400 jobs over the 12-month span, a drop of 1.5 percent. No other metro market came anywhere close to that decline. “There’s just so much government here, it’s hard for the private sector to outweigh those losses,” said James Ross, an analyst with the state.

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