Centerstate CEO

Early Childhood Education
2:54 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Police, Business Leaders Join Community Group to Demand Universal Pre-K Funding for Syracuse

Police Chief Frank Fowler joined the call for increased Pre-K funding as part of the state budget
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

A community group is rallying diverse support for the expansion of Pre-K in Syracuse, with supporters saying it could improve the economy and diminish crime.  

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Economic Growth
6:53 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

CenterState CEO Economic Forecast Optimistic

CenterState says to expect modest growth in manufacturing and exports
Credit Engineering.com

Central New York business leaders got an optimistic economic forecast Thursday at the CenterState CEO, but also found out that their own attitudes may be holding the area back.  The corporation hosted a breakfast at the OnCenter to release its economic forecast, which suggests better times for 2014.  An M&T Bank economist says business growth should be about 2.8%.  But CenterState President Rob Simpson says he hears the area is stagnant and flat.

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Tax Cuts
6:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Businesses, Homeowners Encouraged by Proposed Tax Reforms

Tax cuts could impact the Central New York economy.

Central New York business leaders and homeowners are publicly expressing their support for Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief plan.  They joined government officials Wednesday to urge the state legislature to approve the proposal.  DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the business community isn’t used to such a friendly atmosphere in tax decision-makers.

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NUAIR Drone Testing
6:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

CNY Alliance, Griffiss Airport Win Federal Drone Testing Site

One of the types of commercial and government drones that might be tested at the new site, awarded to local consortium NUAIR.
Credit NUAIR.org

  Griffiss Airport in Rome has been awarded one of six test sites for drones that could bring more than a thousand jobs and $ millions in local revenues from Syracuse to Rome to Watertown. 

The Federal Aviation Administration made the announcement of unmanned aircraft national test sites today.  Utica-area congress member Richard Hanna worked for three years with Griffiss, Centerstate C-E-O and a coalition of other companies on the bid that could help people and the region.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
6:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

CenterState Region Releases Business Plan

The CenterState CEO releases its Metropolitan Business Plan
Credit John Smith / WAER

The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO) released its Agenda for Economic Opportunity Thursday, detailing a plan for future development initiatives Thursday that was two years in the making.  After intensive research, planning, and development in partnership with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, the CEO released five key findings for shifting Central New York's economic profile in a more positive direction:

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