Syracuse surge

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon at the daily COVID-19 briefing to discuss some of the findings from the Economic Resilience Task Force. The Task Force is focused on how Syracuse and Onondaga County will slowly resume economic activity following weeks of shut down.



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Optimism. Confidence.  Windows of opportunity.  A city that is surging.  Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh expressed all of that in his State of the City address last night.   

But he also acknowledged there’s more work to be done.

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Syracuse mayor Ben Walsh and School District Superintendent Jaime Alicea toured the former Central High School Thursday, with renewed hope that the long-vacant building will become a regional STEAM school.  Governor Cuomo has committed to the $70+ million project as one of his many priorities, which will also include a worker training center. 

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Excitement is growing about the proposed regional high school and worker training center in Syracuse now that Governor Cuomo has included it as one of his state of the state priorities.  He gave his address Wednesday afternoon. 

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Microsoft has chosen Syracuse to be home to its first Smart Cities technology hub in the northeast.   It would be one of the next big pieces of the Syracuse Surge project to revitalize the neighborhoods just south of downtown.  City officials discussed the partnership Thursday with common councilors. 

Two Syracuse Companies to Add 400 Jobs as Part of Major Expansions

Oct 10, 2019
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More than 400 new jobs will be created in Syracuse as two industry leading companies plan major expansions of their operations.  Bankers Healthcare Group will add 330 employees to its payroll, and JMA Wireless will hire 100 new workers.  

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It’s been just over a year since two 40-foot concrete sidewalls tumbled off a railroad bridge onto South Clinton Street in Syracuse.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the news was startling to those who live, work, and drive near the railroad viaduct that winds its way through the city.  Officials later learned that an inspection two years prior found several structures of the bridge posed at least some hazard.

The proposed STEAM school in the old Syracuse Central High School building cleared its first major hurdle last week when state lawmakers approved the plan.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math school is collaboration between the city, county, and area school districts. 

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State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined other leaders Friday for a tour of the proposed future site of Onondaga County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM school. 

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The City of Syracuse is getting a boost in its efforts to become the first large municipality in the state to test Smart City technologies.  The New York Power Authority has awarded a half million dollars to the project as part of the larger Syracuse Surge revitalization plan.