About Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Central New York. Although the Chamber began back in 1889 as a way to buy Vimax business assistance and development programs to local businesses, this is not the same Chamber that began so many years ago. Today, the Chamber is an icon in the Syracuse business community, leading the way in everything from government relations and lobbying to creating economic growth in our region. We are a driving force for economic vitality and high quality of life in the Central New York community.         We are a broad-based association representing more than 2200 businesses of all sizes and from virtually every industry and profession in our area. Our members are business owners who realize that, through the Chamber, they can accomplish collectively what they cannot accomplish individually, while enhancing their credibility as a viable member of the business community. Our Mission: To create an economic climate that enhances growth, prosperity and the quality of life for all who live and work in Greater Syracuse.
Building a Powerful Business Community
The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is a driving force for economic vitality and high quality of life in Central New York, leading the way in everything from government relations and lobbying to creating economic growth. We are a broad-based association representing businesses of all sizes, and from virtually every industry and profession in our area. Our members are business owners who realize that, through the Chamber, they can accomplish collectively what they cannot accomplish individually, while enhancing their credibility as a viable member of the business community. "Our Chamber is proud to be chosen as the coordinating agency for this innovative application of technical expertise to business challenges," says Chamber president, Darlene Kerr. "This is a great addition to existing economic development initiatives in New York, where we've finally begun to experience new growth and entrepreneurial expansion." SATOP is managed in New York by the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with other Chambers and Economic Development Corporations across the state.
Business of the Year Awards: The Business Journal
Thirteen years ago, Norman Poltenson had a vision of creating designed to put accurate and valuable information in the hands of people throughout Central New York. Its first medium for moving that information was a monthly newspaper going to key executives and business owners in the Central New York area. It began as one employee in a 200 square feet office from this area. Today, The Business Journal is a weekly publication that goes to business owners and executives in the 16-county corridor that runs north and south through New York from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania state line. But that is just one of the avenues by which The Business Journal company puts information in the hands of those who need it. The Business Journal also organizes and conducts seminars, trade shows, and other events for the business community, and produces two publications focusing on healthcare, one aimed at the healthcare providers themselves and the other aimed at business owners, human-resources directors, and benefits managers.
Most recently, The Business Journal has embarked on a new direction for growth--forming strategic partnerships. Because of its limited resources, The Business Journal has joined media giants such as Time Warner and Cox in presenting area events. Such partnerships, Poltenson reasons, enable The Business Journal to reach a broad business audience and to reinforce its message while preserving capital. As The Business Journal finds new pipelines for delivering information to key audiences, revenues have climbed markedly in recent years, with annual revenues jumping 44.5 percent over the last three years. Editor and Publisher Norman Poltenson projects that revenues will grow about 36 percent for 1999.
To maintain the quality of the product and to continue the company's development of new products and partnerships, Poltenson has added staff, growing from nine employees in 1996 to 15 in 1998. Plans for this year call for adding new staff in the advertising and marketing department, the editorial department, and graphics and production department. Poltenson has shaped the company to work in teams, looking for new opportunities, creating new products and services, and refining its functioning in pursuit of a goal of 20-percent revenue growth each year for the next eight years.While Poltenson has focused on refining and communicating the company's vision internally, he has empowered The Business Journal staff to make decisions, take risks, and pursue the corporate goals. He has also supplied the tools staff members need to do their jobs. The company budgets three percent of annual revenues for technology investments. And Poltenson encourages staff to pursue whatever training they believe will help them do their jobs better.
But one of the key tools that employees need in order to make intelligent decisions and to take intelligent risks is a knowledge of the company's finances. Poltenson makes sure that that particular tool is in everyone's toolbox. He meets least twice a year with members of each department to bring them up to date on all of the company's finances with the exception of individual salary levels. While both salary and benefit levels are very competitive, Poltenson has added two new benefits to reward the staff in recent years. The Business Journal instituted a profit-sharing plan designed to focus employee attention on the need for continuing profits and to share the company's success with those who make it possible. Soon after the creation of the profit-sharing plan, the company introduced a 401 (k) plan to enable staff members to save more effectively for retirement. Those innovations, coupled with a Friday afternoon tradition of casual conversation, brainstorming, and analysis over a beer, and the availability of a fitness center adjacent to the office, combine to keep The Business Journal's staff fresh, energized, and creative as they strive to maintain and build on the momentum established over the last 13 years.
Syracuse business group's letter obscures an issue of accountabilityWhen the Syracuse Common Council recently gave the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce a “wedding present” of five free years of electrical service at its Syracuse Technology Garden at taxpayer expense, the leaders of the Chamber and its marriage partner, the Metropolitan Development Association, remained silent.
No defense was offered by the Chamber or MDA. No surprise there: It’s hard to defend the indefensible.
To be sure, the administration of former Mayor Matt Driscoll bears most of the blame for this mess; for years it failed to address a mix-up over an electric meter at the Tech Garden as the bill mounted. The council bears the blame for settling the bill by saddling taxpayers. A council debate and resulting coverage in The Post-Standard provoked fierce criticism of the deal.
Now comes a statement intended “to clarify the issue.” Rob Simpson is president and CEO of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, the new entity born of the marriage of the Chamber and MDA. His 2½-page “Message From The President” was sent to CenterState’s 2,000-plus members, representing tens of thousands of employees in Central New York.
The message says, “It is our goal to be open, honest and responsive to our members.” Instead, the letter tries to spin the tale. It touts the future benefits of the Chamber-MDA merger. Nowhere does it deal directly with the transfer of a Chamber debt to taxpayers. Its aim seems not so much to clarify as to mollify members seeking answers.
The moment of greatest clarity in this whole debate came when Councilor-at-large Lance Denno decried the deal: “Totally forgiving a $200,000 debt — when we’re in the middle of the most serious budget crisis the city has faced probably since the Great Depression — I think is just foolhardy and irresponsible.” He was being generous. The actual debt was probably closer to $360,000, as the city would have known if it had bothered to meter the electric usage properly.
Simpson writes artfully that, “In resolution of the issue, the Chamber agreed to provide the City of Syracuse with a mortgage in the amount of $216,000 using more than $3.5 million in Tech Garden leasehold improvements as collateral.”
This is an affront to his members, who deserve straight talk, and to taxpayers, who will see not a dime from this “mortgage.” Where are the monthly payments on this “mortgage”? What are the repayment terms? City officials admit, and the CenterState letter implies, that no money will ever transfer back to the city unless the Tech Garden is sold. The city is not holding its breath. This was a gift, and the councilors knew it when they voted for it. That’s why one of them cheerfully called it a “wedding present” for the Chamber and MDA.
Simpson writes that his message was intended to clarify “certain mischaracterizations and resulting confusion ...” He cites no evidence. His own letter could have been Exhibit A.
Syracuse - A Vibrant City Of New York
Syracuse is a city of historic and cultural marvels along with magnificent lakes, hills, valleys and streams. This beautiful city is located on the banks of lakes Onondaga and Ontario and in close proximity with Finger Lakes region that is situated just around twenty miles. The city has grabbed the position of an important economic and educational hub of Central region of New York. It enjoys the status of being the county seat of Onondaga County. The city population was 147,306 according to the 2000 census making it the fifth most populous city in the state.
It has got its name from an Italian city named Siracusa of Sicily. The city of Syracuse has a very rich history as it played a very important role in social movements and general innovations. It was the first city to establish the very first democracy in North America and it was also the first city to raise voice against slavery and women suffrage in the country. Syracuse University was established in the year 1870 that later became the prominent feature of the city and played a very important role in development.
By the beginning of nineteenth century, the city emerged as an important industrial area with several manufacturing industries. The city has become a major tourist attraction as it offers big-city amenities and attractions with the feel of a small town. It has a lot to offer to the tourist right from museums, art galleries and for the people who love to take a journey through history to symphony orchestra, opera for music enthusiasts. One can also go for a very vibrant and bustling downtown area in order to find some excitement and fun. In true sense, the city is able to provide something for everyone no matter for what reason you are in the city, you would definitely find something to amuse you.
During your tour to Syracuse, the places where you would visit include Rosamond Gifffor Zoo which is really a great place to visit. The aim of the zoo is to understand, exhibit and conserve the animals. The zoo also works to set a relationship between the visitors and animals. This magnificent zoo is home to around nine hundred animals. The zoo is stretched over an area of about forty three acres providing an ideal setting for magnificent wildlife creatures.
The Onondaga Lake Park has a lot to offer to the visitors of the city or to the local people looking for some change from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. The park is open for general people all round the year. The park offers the Salt Museum, Wegmans Playground and Willow Bay as well.
The Salt Museum of the park is quite innovative and provides some educational ventures. The museum gives knowledge about the processes involved in the production of salt. It also explains the flourishing days of Syracuse when salt became the major factor of the city.
The city is known as a prominent arts and cultural center with a range of museums and art galleries such as Everson Museum of Art, Erie Canal Museum, Museum of Science and Technology, Fire Museum of Syracuse etc. It also exhibits some art galleries such as Joan Lukas Rothenberg, Carol's Antiques Art & Gifts, Community Folk Art Center, Delavan Art Gallery and several others.
Syracuse is the fifth largest city in one of our nation's most prominent states, New York. With a population of roughly 147,000 residents, Syracuse has recently been showing signs of rapid growth. In fact, in 2006, Syracuse tied with New York City for the highest job growth in the state. This is due in some part to the recent expansion of several prominent educational institutes, like Upstate Medical University, a branch of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Syracuse University. These two colleges are the city's first and second largest employers, respectively. The area known as "University Hill" is the city's fastest growing neighborhood, adding dozens of small businesses and residential complexes.
Syracuse is often seen as a highly desirable place to live, both culturally and economically. In 2010 Forbes rated the city as the fourth best places to raise a Family in the United States. It is also unique among northeast cities in that the cost of living is relatively low. Economically, Syracuse has the rare distinction of being home to large number of small businesses as opposed to only a few large ones. This encourages diversity as well as promoting stability, since the entire workforce can't be threatened by the closing of one company. In addition, most of the city's top employers are in the educational and service industries, which overall tend to be much more stable than their manufacturing counterparts. However, manufacturing is still an important part of Syracuse's economy.
In recent years, Syracuse has seen a major surge in the number of financial, corporate and business institutes operating out of the city. This has come at an important time, when more and more manufacturing jobs have left the region in favor of less expensive labor overseas. The cost of doing business in Syracuse was recently ranked as the sixth lowest in the country, a major factor for attracting new companies and encouraging the expansion of existing ones in the city.
There is an extremely high concentration of medical facilities in the area, due in the large part to the presence of Upstate Medical University and the affiliated hospitals and clinics. It should come as no surprise, then, that registered nurse is the most popular career choice in the entire city. There are almost 6,000 men and women working as nurses in the city today and they are well paid for their essential work. On average, a registered nurse in Syracuse earns about $56,000 a year, with salaries for experienced and well-educated employees reaching as high as $86,000 annually.
Another popular job in the healthcare industry is that of medical and health services manager. These employees essentially work on the business end of health care, overseeing budgets, equipment, new hires, and other day-to-day operations in a medical facility. There are almost 700 of these employees in the city, each one earning an average of about $66,000 a year. Talented employees can expect to take home a salary of up to $134,000.
Since education is such an important part of the city's economy, there are thousands of employment opportunities in this arena. Of the top ten most popular careers on the Streamate.mobi website, four of them are devoted to educating the city's youth. Elementary school teacher is the most popular, with about 3,600 of the working in Syracuse's school systems. This is followed by high school and middle school teachers. All three of these types of teachers tend to earn about the same salary, usually around $56,000 a year. A teacher with many years of experience in the Syracuse school systems can expect to earn up to $80,000 a year.