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Gas prices higher than last year, but cheapest they have been in 2018

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Good news for drivers hitting the roads this holiday season, as AAA forecasts prices at the pump to be the cheapest so far this year. The national average for a gallon of regular-unleaded is$2.45 a gallon, a new low for 2018. AAA says the national average price has dropped more than 50 cents since Memorial Day weekend. The group predicts... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing how tourism and economic development are linked (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing tourism in the Finger Lakes w/ local chamber reps (podcast)
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new community guide aimed at connecting those staying and living in the Finger Lakes — with valuable local services. In this case, the most-recent publication – known as the “Finger Lakes Gateway Connections Community Guide” is aimed at decision makers who might be considering doing business or living in Seneca County.... more

Cayuga County tourism agency confirms new executive director

Cayuga County tourism agency confirms new executive director
The Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new executive director, after the board Tuesday confirmed a replacement for Meg Vanek, who is retiring after 21 years with the agency. The bureau’s board of directors confirmed Karen Kuhl as the new executive director based on her experience with regional, national and international tourism, according to a release. Kuhl previously... more

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs
Crews have started removing hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs that the federal government said the Cuomo administration installed illegally. The state Department of Transportation says Thursday that the agency and Thruway Authority have begun removing the “I Love NY” signs located along the Thruway and other state highways. Crews were out along Route 490 in Pittsford and... more

Local food producers sought for market at Auburn welcome center

Local food producers sought for market at Auburn welcome center
The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center is seeking local producers of food items to be part of the Taste NY Market that will be located there. The market will be operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, which is looking for producers of honey, maple, dairy, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles and other fermented items, sauces... more

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas
New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system. The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships. The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options,... more

How you can vote to help the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls secure a $150,000 grant

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is a finalist in the “Vote Your Main Street” initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The NWHOF is in the process of rehabilitating the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill as the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s new (old) home—a place rooted by its early trustees Jacob Chamberlain and Charles... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Flagging concerns with FLX Welcome Center, City of Geneva

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Understanding the
Concern about cost and process. In Geneva, residents and taxpayers alike have been asking questions about the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, since a pair of investigative reports were published by WHEC-Rochester, and the Geneva Believer. Both highlighted exorbitant costs in some aspects of the buildout, which was executed through a joint-effort between the state and city of Geneva. “It started... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Local officials say Yates doesn’t compare to other counties

The recently released county-specific report from ACT Rochester indicates that Yates is the only county in a nine-county region in which the median household income kept up with inflation since 2000. But there are other indicators of the report card that require some response from local officials. In fact, Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates... more

National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off May 6-12, 2018 celebrating the value of travel and its impact on the economy, local businesses, and personal well-being. This year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Travel Community – a $2.4 trillion-dollar industry in the United States. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC),... more

Public to weigh rules for short-term rentals in Canandaigua

Short-term rentals like Airbnbs would have to follow the same local laws as established bed and breakfasts under proposed changes to city code. On Thursday evening, residents will be able to weigh in on the list of changes at a City Council public hearing. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Jill Myers. Jill and her husband Rob... more

del Lago vs. Albany: Competitors will have billion dollar advantage if state fails to act

The two biggest competitors of del Lago Resort & Casino have a billion dollar ‘Ace’ up their sleeve. Historic filings and reports from the last 20 years showcase a problem not dealt with by New York State officials. While much of the ‘heat’ has been on del Lago for their underperformance — officials in Seneca County are joining the casino’s... more

Cuomo urges commission to maintain Lake Ontario outflows to avoid flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the International Joint Commission reconsiders its plan to decrease Lake Ontario outflows beginning Friday. At 1 a.m., outflows will decrease from 8,950 to 8,550 cubic meters per second. Frank Bevacqua, a spokesperson for the International Joint Commission, said the reduced outflows coincide with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season. But Cuomo is concerned... more

“I Love NY” signs may be here to stay

New York State’s illegal tourism signs might not be coming down yet after all. Despite a Newsday report claiming the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will take down the “I Love New York” signs in April, a DOT spokesperson told the Albany Times Union they have no immediate plans to take down signs. The state agency is awaiting... more

FLEDC reports spotless audit, positive future

At the annual meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC), hosted by Veraisions Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars, Steve Griffin, CEO of FLEDC (Yates County’s sole industrial and economic development agency), played his primary role as head cheerleader for Yates County business. Speaking to the largest number of local business and political figures ever to attend the annual... more

Officials respond in Seneca County to del Lago’s financial concerns

Officials in Seneca County are responding to the headlines about del Lago, the 13-month-old casino and resort located in Tyre – after its future viability was called into question with the request of a state bailout. Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley echoed requests from del Lago ownership to ‘level’ the playing field by creating parity with Indian-owned... more

‘THEIR FAULT, NOT OURS’: Seneca Nation responds as del Lago blames them for ‘unfair’ advantage

del Lago Resort & Casino is facing a ‘blatantly unfair competitive disadvantage’. That’s the word from Steven Greenberg, acting as spokesperson for del Lago Resort & Casino as they move toward ‘leveling’ the playing field. “When del Lago sought and won its casino license, it was done based on circumstances that have now significantly changed,” Greenberg explained. “The Seneca Nation... more
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