Watch for the Syracuse Surge in 2021

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Learn more about CenterState CEO’s Surge Learning Community launching in January.  This program will work with young leaders on tech opportunities and tech training, and also expose them to the culture and skills needed to build a career in the tech industries. The purpose of the program is to further the participants’ understanding of the Syracuse Surge initiative, Smart Cities, and what the new tech economy means to them.

Syracuse is a Smart City where innovation meets opportunity. Led by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the City’s economic strategy for growth, the Syracuse region made two bold declarations this time last year about launching Syracuse Surge:

  • In the Syracuse region, growth and opportunity will be inclusive and sustainable
  • Syracuse, and all of its major partners across sectors, will be a leader in the new economy of connected, advanced technologies

The Syracuse Surge has resulted in “an unprecedented series of investments in tech infrastructure to position Syracuse as one of America’s ‘smartest’ cities” according to Rob Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO.

This initiative is designed for small businesses, diverse firms, startups and key community stakeholders who are interested in tapping into digital innovation and engaging on strategies to advance tech talent and inclusion in the tech ecosystem.  It engages global tech leaders and celebrated local businesses who are making Syracuse an emerging market for business, technology, and innovation.

Partners in the initiative are:  JP Morgan Chase Advancing Cities, MicrosoftOnondaga CountyCenterState CEOSyracuse University School of Information Studies, and all our local education, business, and philanthropic partners.

Interested in learning more and participating?  E-mail SU alumnus Marcus Webb ’19 and G ’22 who is Economic Inclusion Fellow at CenterState CEO at