Centerstate CEO

Centerstate CEO

Plenty of signs show good things ahead for the Central New York economy.  But analysts are also warning that there are some factors that could at least be ‘headwinds’ against growth. 

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Economic data for the last year show the Syracuse economy enjoyed one of its best period of success in a long time.  And officials at Centerstate C-E-O that released the numbers hope it has promise for extended growth into the future.  President Rob Simpson calls the uptick in jobs and wages remarkable.

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A range of businesses that call Syracuse and Central New York home will come together Monday to try and convince people to spend their money locally.  The 10th Buy Local Bash and has spent the last decade trying to support local buisnesses. 


The Syracuse Mayor and Onondaga County Executive say the state DOT’s initial recommendation of a boulevard to replace I-81 through the city’s core presents a new opportunity to unite the community and move the transformative project forward.  

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Experts say the focus on advancing drone technologies in Central New York with millions of dollars committed by the state could transform the industry.  As local and Upstate companies are fine tuning the technologies, others are already claiming success by delivering more specialized services to customers. 

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Leaders at Centerstate CEO say they prefer a community grid, plus recommendations to replace the I-81 viaduct. The board suggests ways to revitalize the city through strategies and metrics, address traffic flow and environmental improvement. This includes improvements to feeder sections of I-81 South into the city like the Bear Street corridor to enhance transportation infrastructure and connect with the Inner Harbor developments and surrounding area. Rob Simpson explains that plenty of creative thinking has to go into the plans for the best outcomes.

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Central New York economic development officials have been left disappointed after a deal to bring Amazon to New York City fell through. Centerstate CEO Senior Vice President Andrew Fish worries that community opposition to the plan sent a message that the state is not the friendliest place to conduct business. 

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About 600 local business leaders are being called upon to think creatively in 2019 to expand upon 2,800 new job gains in the Upstate region last year as well as how to best attract and retain talent to fill a wealth of current and future job openings.


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A fast-growing municipal pet licensing service out of Canada has decided to establish its U.S. headquarters right here in Syracuse.  Docupet introduced on-line registration service here about two months ago, and now they have an office in AXA Tower II. 

It’s been said time and time again that one of the keys to escaping poverty is steady employment. City Limit's Brian Moore continues to explore workforce development programs in Syracuse that are helping people gain skills and lasting employment. In the second episode of his series, he visits with employment programs that not just help the needy gain employment but also build a career.