While New York State Gas and Electric, or NYSEG, and Rochester Gas & Electric, or RG&E, have received a lot of headline attention for their charitable contributions to local and regional food banks – their response to the Coronavirus Pandemic has been among the more interesting. President Carl Taylor spoke with FingerLakes1.com about that response effort, both from operations and community giving standpoint. He noted that while people have been at home, usage has remained balanced throughout most of Upstate New York. However, as part of their response to COVID-19 – both NYSEG and RG&E took steps to ensure customer, worker, and community safety.
Earlier this week we featured a ‘Daily Debrief’ taking on questions about the future sustainability of local journalism. It’s a topic we have broached numerous times, and one that’s become even more relevant during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Economic shutdown is crushing small businesses, which is the lifeblood of local advertising.
Steve Keeler leads the School of Media and Arts at Cayuga Community College, and we talked to him about advertising, subscribers, coverage of the pandemic, and much more.
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, or Finger Lakes Works for short, is contending with some of the biggest questions the region faces moving forward. In particular, they are wrestling with questions about workforce makeup following the pandemic. As the economy reopens and people go back to work, Michael Woloson, who serves as Business Services Coordinator for the organization is working to help all parties involved. Today on the show, a conversation with Woloson, about FLW’s efforts, and what the regional economy might look like after the pandemic.