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New program to grow diversity in Syracuse tech industry

A man stands at a podium reading "CEO Economic Forecast."
Chris Bolt
CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson at a press conference.

People of color who want to start and grow a technology company can get help from a new Syracuse program that’s aimed at reversing the lack of diversity in the tech sector.

The Syracuse Surge Accelerator Program will help new and existing tech-related startups with consulting and other resources, including access to the Tech Garden. The program includes opportunities for electrical mechanical technician and advanced manufacturing positions, which are essential to starting up businesses and managing connections.

The program emphasizes on development among minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses, or XBE businesses. This emphasis is to set up Syracuse as one of the smartest cities in the United States and a global leader in the new economy.

“Like communities across the country, talent is a major pain point for the Syracuse metro region’s employers, and at the same time there is significant untapped talent that is here looking for opportunities,” said Dominic Robinson, CenterState CEO vice president of eveomoic inclusion. “We want to connect to those talent pools so we can provide them with the high-value support, connections or training they need to access those professional opportunities.”

Black and Indigenous people of color can apply through May 31 through Centerstate CEO or Syracuse Surge.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.
Andrew MacBeath is a digital content editor at WAER.