Dan Bazile

Innovation Trail alumnus Dan Bazile is former reporter for WMHT in Albany.  He has covered a wide range of topics, from town board meetings, to the September 11th terrorist attacks.  

Bazile is also the former host, writer and producer of Help Wanted: Tools for Tough Times, a statewide syndicated program that focuses on the economic crisis and helpful resources for viewers to use to get through the recession.

In December 2007 Bazile briefly left broadcasting to work as a spokesman and communications advisor for the New York State Assembly Republican minority leader, and then became part of a team responsible for a special election in New York's 20th congressional district.

Bazile grew up in New York City.  He has a bachelor's degree in communications and theater from Plattsburgh State University.

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Ken Adams will be the new head of New York's economic development arm.

That's according to a release from the governor's office today:

"With Ken Adams as President and CEO, the Empire State Development Corporation will fuel New York-based innovation and create jobs at home while helping to transform the state into a world-class center for business and new ideas," Governor Cuomo said. "As I said in my State of the State address, we need a strong voice to help say that New York is 'open for business.' A fast growing and forward-thinking economy begins with changing the state's business climate to attract and maintain cutting-edge companies. Ken is clearly the right person at the right time for New York and I thank him for agreeing to serve the people of the state. He succeeds Dennis Mullen, who has been a tireless advocate for business, marketing and growth for our state and I thank him for his dedication to New York."

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking for a new economic development boss as he gears up to bring jobs back to the Empire State. In the past, the head of Empire State Development (ESD) would have been crucial for taking on that task. But now that's not certain.

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Green jobs will be getting a whole pile of green, if the governor has his way. But some environmental groups are saying it's not enough.

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President Barack Obama is returning to upstate New York, according to a White House press release issued Thursday.  

Details are still forthcoming (the release was only two sentences long, and one of them effectively said "details are coming").  But we do know he's expected to visit General Electric's facility in Schenectady on Tuesday, January 11.  According to the Times Union, the president will get a tour from CEO Jeffrey Immelt.

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You can check out the moments of the speech related to New York's innovation economy below, or you can read the entire transcript.

2:45 p.m. "It's a time of national transition. New York must lead once again. Make January 5th, 2011, the day that the Empire State strikes back," Cuomo says in his final point.

2:41 p.m. Cuomo believes NY has a "bright future in green jobs."  He's proposing a $100 million competitive grant fund.