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Fall 2017 Innovation Roundup

New York State’s innovation economy has continued to rev up in recent months, thanks to business accelerator competitions encouraging entrepreneurial startups, groundbreaking…
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Drone Technology Takes Flight

The hurricanes that devastated Texas and Florida earlier this year also ushered in a new era for first responders, by adding drones to their ranks to make search-and-rescue…
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Downtown Disrupted

New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative—the DRI—has a vision. It’s one that involves…
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New York’s New Cash Crop

Industrial hemp has long been prized as one of the simplest crops to plant, grow and process. Now, thanks to a significant investment from New York State, and to partnerships…