Ryan Morden

Reporter, WRVO

Innovation Trail alumnus Ryan Morden is originally from Seattle.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in journalism, minoring in political science and Scandinavian studies.  Morden was Morning Edition producer and reporter at WRVO before moving over to the Innovation Trail project.  Before landing at WRVO, Morden covered the Washington State legislature as a correspondent for Northwest News Network (N3), a group of nine NPR affiliates in the northwest.

Prior to his work at N3, Morden worked as an assistant morning news editor at KIRO radio, a commercial news/talk station in Seattle.  He also produced talk shows for CBS Radio commentators Dave Ross and Ron Reagan.

Morden enjoys government and politics, reading non-fiction and literature from the edges, baseball, road trips, brew pubs, road races and catching up on TV shows online.  He currently serves as a freelancer, covering congressional issues.

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State of the city addresses can be pretty bleak, what with cities across the country growing less and less able to cope with their budgets.

But Syracuse's mayor, Stephanie Miner, found a way to deliver some good news during her speech last night: use the Internet.

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On the eve of Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner’s State of the City address, a panel of community leaders met at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to discuss the state of the city’s sustainability efforts.

Chuckie Holstein from the citizen action group F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse was a featured panel member.

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Many cities across the U.S. have recycling containers to go along with trash bins on corners and in parks. In fact, it’s almost expected in this era of sustainability and promoting a clean environment.

So it’s no wonder that residents of Syracuse who visit downtown notice the lack of recycling containers around the city.

"I ain’t never seen no recycle bins down here. Never," says Nicole Williams, a mother waiting for a bus. 

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The president’s State of the Union address was big on promoting innovation and ingenuity as a means of boosting the U.S. economy.

“We have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world,” said President Obama.

In past speeches, presidents have made mention of mitigating global climate change to promote renewable energy. In last night’s speech, President Obama didn’t even bring it up. Instead, he touted renewable energy as America’s path to economic prosperity. 

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Young professionals groups from Central New York and the Southern Tier are spearheading a summit in March to focus on what communities can do to attract and retain young talent to upstate.

It's the "We Live NY summit" and, full disclosure, the Innovation Trail is a planning a radio program as part of the summit's agenda.

The event is scheduled for March 24-26 in Ithaca.  It's scheduled to include programming tracks about topics like entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and culture.