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Clarkson announces plans for Hot Spot program sites in Ogdensburg, Massena

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POTSDAM - Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation has pinpointed several of the locations to display the shingle for the new Innovation Hot Spot Program in Ogdensburg, Massena, Plattsburgh, Watertown and Saranac Lake.

The north country is one of only five New York state Regional Economic Development Councils that was awarded a Hot Spot through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The Shipley Center and its Peyton Hall Incubator administer an Innovation Hot Spot award to advance technology transfer and support all aspects of start-ups and expansion in New York state’s north country.

The Hot Spot program has been able to bring together institutions, agencies and multiple businesses in the area to create an innovation ecosystem across the north country region.

Each office at the selected locations will be open one day per week and staffed by a start-up professional who will meet with entrepreneurs who have ideas for new businesses and need assistance. They will be able to help with anything from providing resources in the area to forming a corporation to developing a business plan to commercialize their products and growing.

“The Innovation Hot Spot Program aims to expand the north country’s innovation ecosystem building off the existing backbone of the partners involved,” said Matthew E. Draper, deputy director of the Shipley Center for Innovation. “The north country has a wealth of human capital and we seek to harness this resource to bootstrap economic development by building our own ideas into companies, jobs and wealth that stays in the region.”

The North Country Innovation Hot Spot program has four out of five locations selected - a Saranac Lake location is still being determined. To find an incubator, the program has launched a website that includes the locations, vetting criteria and the proposal. It is also now accepting ideas from the region to start the program. For more information, go to www.northcountryhotspot.com.

The program hopes to nurture new start-ups and direct successful entrepreneurs into New York state’s new START-UP NY program, which gives start-ups the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on eligible campuses and spaces in New York state.

The Innovation Hot Spot team will be visiting four locations this week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each day:

Tuesday: CITEC Plattsburgh Office, 402 West Bay Plaza

Wednesday: 351 E. Orvis St., Massena

Thursday: Watertown DANC Office, 317 Washington Street

Friday: 120 Chimney Point Drive Suite B, Ogdensburg

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