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The Pulse of the Region. Rochelle Ruffer, PhD Associate Director of Economic Analysis Center for Governmental Research Rochester, NY. Center for Governmental Research. Founded in 1915 by George Eastman Project-oriented nonprofit serving state & local government primarily in NYS

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the pulse of the region

The Pulse of the Region

Rochelle Ruffer, PhD

Associate Director of Economic Analysis

Center for Governmental Research

Rochester, NY

center for governmental research
Center for Governmental Research
  • Founded in 1915 by

George Eastman

  • Project-oriented nonprofit serving state & local government primarily in NYS
  • 18 staff members in Rochester & Albany
  • Focus areas include economics & public finance, human services restructuring, education reform, health care
outline of talk
Outline of Talk
  • Population Trends
  • Employment Trends
  • Thinking outside traditional “sectors”
  • Areas of Promise
slide5

Clinton

Franklin

St. Lawrence

Essex

Jefferson

Lewis

Hamilton

Warren

Oswego

Oneida

Orleans

Niagara

Wayne

Monroe

Saratoga

Fulton

Onondaga

Herkimer

Genesee

Ontario

Madison

Wyoming

Yates

Otsego

Erie

Albany

Chenango

Schoharie

Tompkins

Schuyler

Greene

Delaware

Tioga

Columbia

Broome

Allegany

Steuben

Chemung

Ulster

Dutchess

Sullivan

Putnam

Orange

Rockland

Suffolk

Nassau

The Regions in our Analysis

Washington

Syracuse MSA

Utica-Rome MSA

Buffalo-NF MSA

Rochester MSA

Montgomery

Schenectady

Seneca

Cayuga

Rensselaer

Cortland

Livingston

Cattaraugus

Chautauqua

Westchester

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Clinton

Franklin

St. Lawrence

Essex

Jefferson

0.0%

Lewis

0.5%

Hamilton

0.4%

Warren

0.4%

Oswego

Oneida

Orleans

Niagara

Wayne

Monroe

Saratoga

Fulton

Onondaga

Herkimer

Genesee

Ontario

Madison

Wyoming

Yates

Otsego

Erie

Albany

Chenango

Schoharie

Tompkins

Schuyler

Greene

Delaware

Tioga

Columbia

Broome

Allegany

Steuben

Chemung

Ulster

Dutchess

Sullivan

Putnam

Orange

Rockland

Suffolk

Nassau

Job Growth Remains Slow

Change in Nonag Employment

Aug 06-Aug 07

NYS: 1.0%

Washington

Syracuse MSA

Buffalo-NF MSA

Utica-Rome MSA

Montgomery

Rochester MSA

Schenectady

Seneca

Cayuga

Rensselaer

Cortland

Livingston

Cattaraugus

Chautauqua

Westchester

Source: NYS Department of Labor

employment all sectors
Employment All Sectors

Rochester, Utica-Rome, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSAs

manufacturing
Manufacturing

Rochester, Utica-Rome, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSAs

financial activities
Financial Activities

Rochester, Utica-Rome, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSAs

professional business services
Professional & Business Services

Rochester, Utica-Rome, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSAs

educational health services
Educational & Health Services

Rochester, Utica-Rome, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSAs

thinking outside traditional sectors
Thinking outside traditional “sectors”
  • Recent CGR report for FLP WIRED concludes
  • While technical competencies - are important to the success of many Finger Lakes firms, it is management competencies that set the outstanding companies apart from the rest.
      • Systems & process integration
      • Strategic sensibility
      • Customer responsiveness
      • Talent identification and development
      • Quality and operational excellence
      • Entrepreneurial ethos
good news
Good News!
  • Also important are enabling competencies
  • While our study concentrated on the Finger Lakes area, the rest of western NY is probably similar
  • These management and enabling competencies allow the Finger Lakes to be globally competitive in a wide variety of technologies, products, and services.
areas of promise
Areas of Promise
  • CIMS Sustainability Institute
    • CGR study suggests SI will expand the number of senior researchers, the physical plant and technology transfer support in:
      • sustainable design and manufacturing
      • fuel cell research
      • renewable energy research
solar energy possibilities
Solar Energy Possibilities
  • RIT R&D at NanoPower Research Labs to support the solar energy sector
  • The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) SOLAR 2009 in Buffalo
    • Reasons include:
      • Support for renewable energy by local leaders
      • Recent economic development
      • Opportunity to partner with policy-makers to expand the use of renewable energy
wind energy
Wind Energy
  • Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County, 240 MW wind farm as well as many others
  • Many potential sites for wind, including capacity of approximately 214 megawatts in Buffalo city area
economic impact of wind in franklin county
Economic Impact of Wind in Franklin County
  • Recent CGR study of 128 MW proposed wind farm concludes:
    • Wind is compatible “alternative crop” for Franklin county farmers
    • Generates modest annual employment – 29 jobs (direct and spillover) with earnings of $1.14 million
    • Generates sales tax revenues from landowners’ expenditures
home to some green manufacturing
Home to some “Green” Manufacturing
  • GM’s Tonawanda (NY) Engine Plant, the world’s largest engine manufacturing facility, has achieved landfill-free status in its manufacturing operations by reducing waste generation, recycling and converting waste to energy.
  • More than 95% of the waste materials from the plant’s manufacturing operations (23,233 tons annually) are recycled and nearly 5% (or 1,060 tons annually) are converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities.
questions
Questions?

Rochelle Ruffer

[email protected]

(585)327-7056

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