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TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY (WSKG)  Shirley Collado, president of Ithaca College, announced on Tuesday that students will not return to campus for in-person classes this fall. The decision comes as rates of COVID-19 increase in parts of the country.

Earlier this month the college stepped back its initial plans and announced that students in states on the New York travel advisory list could not return to campus this fall.

How can small and medium-sized cities in this country build a job base that will last well into the future? It’s a question the city of Ithaca is exploring.

We’re joined by representatives from a new initiative called “Live in Ithaca.” They discuss strategies for recruiting new employees and building and attracting new businesses in a region where the population is declining. In studio:

In the first part of the show, we talk with Scott Waldman of Capital about his story on a fracking study commissioned by the Cuomo Administration. The study was meant to find the impact fracking had on the state's drinking water, but the spotlight is now on how administration officials had a hand in editing and delaying the study. 

Then we talk with Peter King of CBS News and WXXI's Scott Fybush.  King, or rather Peter King Steinhaus, may be familiar with some as he spent some time on the airwaves of Rochester and Syracuse. He and his brother, Rick Sommers Steinhaus, have written a book on this history of Ithaca Radio, where some of the most influential leaders of the broadcast industry, including Peter and Rick, got their start. Both are Ithaca College alumns and will sign copies of his books on Thursday at the Bill Gray's on Penfield Road from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

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Many new startup companies end up running their new business out of their homes, and that's the case for Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse who live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Their sustaining business model relies heavily on their relationship with the land and people of Haiti.

They’re aiming to be both successful and socially-responsible entrepreneurs, and help re-build the island nation devastated by the 2010 earthquake.