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Incubator hosts Hoyt for Q&A

February 22, 2013

If you wanted to know more about the state of New York state, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 address on the subject, the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator was the place to be Thursday afternoon....

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Feb-22-13 6:36 AM

Seems like a nice visit. However no :on this date , this committee, group etc will meet, to form definate proposals for this program ,that will do this for employment, attract new business and most inportant deliver a report by such and such a date.

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Feb-22-13 7:05 AM

It was a purely politically motivated visit of no substance, and having it at the incubator couldn't have been a more perfect and ironic setting for it. Smoke and Mirrors, as they say.

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Feb-22-13 7:41 AM

Upstate job growth less than half the state average (5% compared to 11%) and I would bet most of the job growth is coming from Erie and Monroe counties. I would not be surprised if Chautauqua County is negative in private sector jobs growth. Who do I blame? There is a lot of blame to go around (taxes, poor housing stock, etc.) but certainly those individuals who are supposed to be creating jobs are failing us. What is the world is Daly, Tranum and the local “development” departments doing to create jobs? Can you imagine the tax dollars we would have to “give away” to companies by eliminating these positions? All I see is one excuse after another as to why they are not producing. I also blame our local political leaders. They continue to appoint these individuals without accountability. After decades of failure, you would think that they would have the courage to replace them for the good of the community. Quote of the day “CEO Todd Tranum also expressed concern about the NRG

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Feb-22-13 8:41 AM

Before you blame anyone about Chautauqua County's failures, you have to ask yourself, if you were a C-level executive, operating in a global economy, considering a location for a long term multimillion dollar PPE investment, what makes this county attractive for such an investment -- even if the tax rates were zero and socalled burdensome regulations diminished??? The skill of the local work force? Easy access to markets? Easy access to suppliers? Cost of energy? Cost of living?

These investment decisions are highly multidimensional -- but so far, the local complaining and leadership isn't.

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Feb-22-13 10:22 AM

The only people attracted to this area are career welfare people. His appearance was meaningless!!! Just BS. I don't know why he even bothered.

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Feb-22-13 10:55 AM

This area had its opportunity when GM was looking to site the Saturn plant. Anyone know what happened?

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Feb-22-13 11:27 AM

Joew -- I seem to recall that Saturn-GM was divested.

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Feb-22-13 12:19 PM

The Saturn plany locating here was always a joke. We were never in the running, not seriously. The brand was a failure anyway.

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Feb-22-13 3:07 PM

Just another overpaid politician,with a do nothing made up job,Cuomo took care of Hoyt so he wouldn't have to run for re-election,this job will pad his retirement for 4 years and he will be just fine!!! With a big fat pension,i wonder if he took any furlough days like the unions did?

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Feb-22-13 3:17 PM

Has Chautauqua County been able to attract any new jobs the last cpl of yers? I can't think of any,will have to ask Bill Daily,see if he knows? He's a waste of money!!!

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Feb-23-13 9:17 AM

Chautauqua County is not the only county to lose jobs in recent history. The whole country has experienced jobs losses as a result of foreign trade and trade policies that encourage imports. What makes our county different is that we have not been able to attract new investment and jobs to replace the jobs lost. That's where excessive taxes come into the equation. Why would any businessman in his right mind want to invest in a high taxed union environment. Our leaders know this but they are so comfortable in their cushy jobs that they don't want to change a thing.

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Feb-23-13 10:39 AM

It wasn't just Saturn that looked at building here. Volkswagen and Nissan also looked at building plants here. Three strikes, you're out. Saturn may be gone, but the other two aren't.

Phil, true imports may be hurting, but in many cases, those products are made much better than domestic products. Even "imported" products that are assembled on U.S. soil are better made.

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