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Buffalo banks on a new stadium and coal about to break records

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Good Morning and welcome to the Innovation Trail Mix for Wednesday.

A 72,000-seater domed stadium for Buffalo? With a North American Museum of Sports and Culture? And the involvement of the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester? Go for it. (WXXI News)

Our colleagues at WBFO have a lot more detail on the overall vision.

Buffalo Business First looks at what it will take to get the project over the line: intervention by Cuomo.

And Governor Cuomo must be getting sick of those bus rides, but he was out and about again yesterday looking at the outfits in the Capital region who received funding from the Capital Region Economic Development Forum.

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Governor Cuomo at the ecovative factory in Green Island, NY Tuesday.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick filmed this profile of the company Ecovative Design. (where the Governor is pictured above) for homeworkhotlinetv last year.



AP reports that Finger Lakes wineries are stepping into the debate over fracking for natural gas. 

This story is a week old, but Bloomberg has posted that the world's largest producer of services for fracking, Halliburton Co., has seen a downturn in its Q3 profits because of a glut in the market.

Michael Cembalest from JP Morgan Asset Management has some pretty interesting insights into the energy sector for 2012, it's from Forbes.

Forget oil. Coal is about to jump through the roof.

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And back to Buffalo where the city has come in at #25 on a list of the nation's cities showing leadership in cleantech defined as “green building deployment, clean vehicles in use, advanced transportation infrastructure, public transportation ridership, regional electricity mix, GHG emissions, venture capital investment, clean energy patents, clean economy jobs, among other things.” (Grist.com)

It's the only city in New York state that made the top 50 according to their criteria.

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cleantech ranking

And State Sen. George D. Maziarz (R) says that cheap power imports from Quebec would be the death knell of a number of western new york communities. (WBFO)


The Democrat and Chronicle's Matthew Daneman takes a look at how Xerox isdoing.

What you may have missed from yesterday:

Workers United is out in the marketcourting potential buyers for the parent company of the iconic Rochester brand, Hickey Freeman.

How big is big data? Pretty big, reports Marie Cusick from the 6th Annual ICEGOV.

BP Wind Energy is testing the powers of Article X from the Power NY Act 2011 in the north country.