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Open house shows off Incubator

April 10, 2013

It was a day that has been in the making since the announcement in 2007 that a SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator would be built in Dunkirk....

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BallsOutStocks

Nov-06-13 8:09 AM

@escapee i just logged in & read your response. thank you for the kudos. i hear this argument often about government getting "bigger" and am interested if you can provide some examples. as a local business, is your county tax rate increasing on a quarterly / annual basis and if so, by how much? are you able to raise prices to offset the increase in taxes (tim hortons recently raised coffee prices, so it is possible), did you try to raise prices which resulted in less cash flow, or was it absorbed by the customer with a shrug and "the price of everything is going up"? it would be great if the observer would do an investigative story about this in the style of PBS Frontline, to determine if this shouting about high cost of government is hurting local economy growth, or if it is just rhetoric.

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BallsOutStocks

Apr-12-13 1:06 AM

the remainder of my comments where cut off from this fine website (1,000 characters max), so I had to post the full length comment on the topix website.

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225522

Apr-11-13 12:11 AM

WOW How much for each job created? Not impressed.

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Preston

Apr-10-13 6:50 PM

What start ups? Most were existing companies before going into the incubator.

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Escapee

Apr-10-13 6:26 PM

“the nasty truth is that what this area needs is low skill manu “facturing.

I agree with 98% of what BallsOutStocks is saying. But, what this area needs is for government to stop expanding at a rate that cripples any possible private business. The economy excluding government is shrinking, and everything I see about government is that it is getting more expensive. Instead of government getting out of the way, the whole Incubator facility and incubator facility payroll have been added to burden private businesses must support. In return for all of the cost of the incubator existence, we get a couple of startups. If in fact, a startup should ever become a net taxpayer, I expect them to move to a more business friendly environment (outside of Chautauqua County).

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BallsOutStocks

Apr-10-13 11:37 AM

build it themselves. Maybe they just have so much money from research grants that they can outsource their computer supplies from him instead of Dell or HP. computer timesharing died out in the late 1980's

i saw a baseball measuring camera setup, but could not image what was high tech about it, nor figure out what it's IP was that would enable it to scale. And yet they somehow managed to raise $400k from investors but still need more. And they are spread all over the country, so how does that help create jobs in the local area?

i saw a couple integrators of websites with social media apis, and again wondered where is the high tech? cobbling together existing IP into an integration is a VAR, but not an invention of high tech.

and if the parking lot is empty because the Entrepreneurs are out travelling and looking for business, why did we need such an expensive bldg that remains empty / underused most of the time?

the nasty truth is that what this area needs is low skill manu

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BallsOutStocks

Apr-10-13 11:35 AM

at least I got some free cookies, a dip in the punch bowl, and a look at some high technology inventions (sic).

this whole thing was SUNY Fredonia President Hefner's doing, he needed a legacy to leave behind, the grant funding was there because of the poor economy, so it was proposed and built.

However, to call this a tech incubator, with the tenants that are currently in there, seems stretching the truth. I didn't see any high tech nanobots that keep your shoelaces tied, i saw a velcro wrap device that probably doesn't have much to do with "high tech".

i saw an insourcing / remote workers employment agency that claims it has IP in the form of processes and kb, and relies on the parity between wages in Virginia vs the Dunkirk area. again not very high tech.

i saw a custom computer builder, but i could not fathom why any agency needing a computer of that speed for statisical modeling / 3d imaging, etc., would not be able to figure out the specs themselves and build it the

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