County Executive Joanie Mahoney http://waer.org en Construction to Begin on CNY Nanotechnology Hub in DeWitt http://waer.org/post/construction-begin-cny-nanotechnology-hub-dewitt <p>Ground was broken Friday on a facility in a rural area of DeWitt that’s expected to bring more of Hollywood to Onondaga County. &nbsp;In fact, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano&nbsp;Industries already has a tenant.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;During the state of the county address earlier this year, California-based film and TV company “The Film House” announced it will relocate its headquarters, production, post production, and distribution operations to the facility. &nbsp;President and CEO Ryan&nbsp;Johnson was on hand for the groundbreaking.&nbsp;</p><p><em>"Not only will we get to work with this first kind of educational institution that will drive production and innovations globally, it will help train and develop our future workforce so &nbsp;we can continue to grow in Syracuse and &nbsp;build the film industry in Upstate New York."</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lieutenant Governor R</span>obert<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;D</span>uffy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was among the officials turning over the first symbolic shovels of dirt.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">J</span>ustin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;S</span>teele is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director of the upcoming film “The Opium War,” which will be filmed and produced in Central New Y</span>ork<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> using the hub’s resources. &nbsp;But </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">O</span>nondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County executive J</span>oanie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;M</span>ahoney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the hub goes beyond the film industry.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">15 million dollars in state money will build and equip the facility at the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">C</span>ollamer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Business Park, but officials say that should leverage 150 million dollars in private investment over seven years. &nbsp;The project is expected to create 350 permanent, high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs. &nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WHAT'S NEXT FOR LT. GOV. DUFFY?</span></strong></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:33:41 +0000 Scott Willis 21321 at http://waer.org Construction to Begin on CNY Nanotechnology Hub in DeWitt Syracuse Zoo Turns 100 and Officials Credit Community Support http://waer.org/post/syracuse-zoo-turns-100-and-officials-credit-community-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>People who visit or take their families to Onondaga County’s<a href="http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/"> Rosamond Gifford Zoo</a> can make a day of it.&nbsp; The might not have been the case when it first opened 100 years ago.&nbsp; It’s grown a bit, from what Joanie Mahoney calls modest beginnings.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:51:08 +0000 Chris Bolt 20761 at http://waer.org Syracuse Zoo Turns 100 and Officials Credit Community Support Rosamond Gifford Zoo Plans Ahead While Marking 100 Years http://waer.org/post/rosamond-gifford-zoo-plans-ahead-while-marking-100-years <p>Syracuse's Rosamond&nbsp;Gifford&nbsp;Zoo is mapping out its future while celebrating its 100th anniversary. &nbsp;Officials Tuesday unveiled a 20-year strategic master plan that includes a combination of short and long term projects and a business plan. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>County Executive Joanie&nbsp;Mahoney says the zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a four acre plot with a few animals to 43 acres with more than 700.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:47:57 +0000 Scott Willis 17888 at http://waer.org Rosamond Gifford Zoo Plans Ahead While Marking 100 Years New Summer Event at Onondaga Lake Brings Christmas Early to Local Children http://waer.org/post/new-summer-event-onondaga-lake-brings-christmas-early-local-children <p>Just a day after finding out details of this summer's Jazzfest, Onondaga County and Galaxy Communications announced on Tuesday a new festival for Central New York families&nbsp;to attend. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:29:38 +0000 Chris Bolt 16970 at http://waer.org New Summer Event at Onondaga Lake Brings Christmas Early to Local Children Excitement Builds Over Planned Destiny USA Hotel http://waer.org/post/excitement-builds-over-planned-destiny-usa-hotel <p>Syracuse-area tourism officials say the proposed Destiny USA hotel is a great step for generating interest and economic growth in the area. &nbsp; Destiny officials sent a letter to the county executive and mayor expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel as part of their master plan. &nbsp;Convention and Visitors Bureau President David Holder says Destiny as a destination appears to be coming to fruition, and there are still untapped markets. &nbsp; He says the area is ready for another hotel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:26:44 +0000 Scott Willis 14091 at http://waer.org Excitement Builds Over Planned Destiny USA Hotel