George Winner's posts related to Economic Development

'Innovation Economy' Key to Upstate Renewal

I'm glad to have this chance to provide an update on the just-released report of a state task force that has made a significant addition to what's becoming a treasure trove of blueprints pointing the way to strategies that just might prove successful at turning around the fortunes and the futures of communities across New York, especially upstate.


New Jobs Plan Introduced

Albany, N.Y., March 2 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to enact a new, comprehensive job creation strategy that he believes has been ignored as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.


Winner Says Answers Needed for Local Economic Development

Albany, N.Y., April 30–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) warned today that continued inaction on the 2010-2011 state budget could lead to thousands of upstate job losses, including many in the Southern Tier, by the elimination of the Empire Zone economic development program set to take place 60 days from now.

Similar concerns are also being expressed by many upstate employers on the fate of the state’s low-cost economic development power programs, which are set to expire in mid-May.


Senate GOP seeks to jolt action on state budget with Power for Jobs proposal

Albany, N.Y., May 18—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues will propose a legislative amendment on the Senate floor later today to restart New York’s key economic development power programs – Power for Jobs and Cost Savings Benefits programs –  to keep low-cost electricity flowing to local businesses and manufacturers for one additional year or until Governor Paterson and the leaders of the State Legislature can reach agreement on a long-term solution. 


Winner: What about Empire Zone Program?

Albany, N.Y., June 10–With New York’s No. 1 economic development tool for upstate businessses and communities set to expire less than three weeks from now, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) kept up the call today for Governor Paterson and legislative leaders to pay closer attention to the future of the Empire Zone economic development program.   

He noted that the future of the state’s 82 empire zones wasn’t even mentioned in a meeting between Paterson and legislative leaders yesterday in Albany.


Winner Still Pushing New Upstate Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y. –During debate on the floor of the New York State Senate not long ago, one prominent Senate Democratic leader said that three-way negotiations between the Democratic leaders of the Legislature and Governor David Paterson had reached a “critical stage,” but Republicans have been left out of those talks and Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is wondering if state leaders are giving any consideration at all to a new jobs plan for upstate New York.


Economic Development Road Map

A little-noticed report released in June by the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC), Leadership for Jobs, reviews New York’s economic decline, discusses some of the key reasons for it, and offers a series of recommendations for turning it around.

We know all too well that New York is currently viewed as a business unfriendly state, whose reputation for overregulation and high taxation is off the charts.  We understand the nuts-and-bolts agenda that’s required – an agenda that must include lower business taxes, fewer job-killing regulations, and financial incentives that will lead to a better business climate.


Winner says Empire Zone replacement doesn't cut it for upstate economy

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted in opposition to legislation being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to replace upstate New York’s No. 1 economic development tool, the Empire Zone program, with a new, significantly scaled-back initiative that will provide far fewer resources and incentives to attract and retain businesses and industries across the upstate region.

The legislation creating the new program, known as Excelsior Jobs, was approved by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Paterson in June.


Business Friendly?

Many of us have been highly critical of the fact that New York's current leaders have not done nearly enough to focus on private-sector job development as one key way to help the state find its way out of this current economic crisis.

But don't just take our word for it, read the latest thoughts from the leader of the Empire State's largest business advocacy organization.


Is Your Word Good New York?

The just-completed 2010-2011 New York State budget puts a few finishing touches on what has become a disturbing and disheartening habit of New York government in the past few years: devaluing not just a strong, but in these toughest of times what should be an unshakable commitment to economic development.