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WalletHub has named Albany-Schenectady-Troy to its list of best metro areas for STEM professionals in 2017!

The Capital Region, which comes in at number 15, is full of lucrative, high-skilled jobs for professionals in STEM fields. Major area STEM employers include General Electric, Globalfoundries, IBM, and Samsung. 

Photo of SUNY-Poly CNSE building, which houses research labs for Globalfoundries, IBM, TEL and others. CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia
When you think of video games, does Troy come to mind? If not, it likely will soon. Two video game developers are on a mission to make Troy a focal point in the gaming industry.

Have you been hearing the buzz about the new casino set to open in Schenectady? Word has come out that the project is ahead of schedule and will be opening in just a couple of months!

An original rendering of Rivers Casino  
When Metroland folded in 2015 due to back taxes many were sad to see the popular alternative arts and entertainment publication go. Now, someone has stepped up to fill that void, with a new alternative weekly paper.

Beekman 1802, home of the "Fabulous Beekman Boys" reality TV show, is moving its headquarters to Schenectady under Start-Up NY, a program from Governor Andrew Cuomo to create new jobs in New York State - find out how the company will generate jobs in Schenectady under this new initiative. 

After many months of waiting, Via Aquarium is now open! There has been buzz about bringing an aquarium to the Albany area for years, and ViaPort, the parent company of Via Aquarium, has stepped up to the plate. Here's what you can expect from the very first aquarium in the Capital Region!

Photo credit: Alan Nudi 
An oyster bar and a beer bar are opening up in Troy, an Albany coffee shop is expanding with a second location, and an Irish restaurant is coming to Crossgates  - check out what's new on the restaurant scene

A unique pizza chain is about to make a home in the Capital Region! An agreement has been signed for three units in Albany, Troy, and Saratoga. Here's what makes this NY-style fast casual pizza different from the current chains in the region.

Two new stores will be taking up residence at Crossgates Mall - one next month, and one next year. The store coming in December will be perfect for buying holiday gifts!

The Mohawk Harbor development project aims to make the City of Schenectady not only a great place to work, but to live as well. The Rivers Casino & Resort at the Mohawk Harbor site is currently hiring employees in preparation for its opening next year. As part of the city's "Walk to Work" initiative, the hope is for new casino workers to become Schenectady homeowners, and for those homeowners to live within walking distance of their workplace and downtown.

An original rendering of Rivers Casino & Resort

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