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CEO FOCUS: Benchmarking Central New York’s Regional Economic Progress

By Robert Simpson


As I have spoken with business and community leaders at the start of this new year, I am energized by their excitement, optimism, and outlook — even as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. Likewise, our business-development pipeline remains strong with a broad range of projects that signal new opportunities on the horizon.

On Jan. 26, we will host our annual Economic Forecast Virtual Event to dig into the strategic insight shared by members and community leaders. During the event we will also release the 2022 Economic Forecast Report for Central New York, which reflects the perspectives of the business community across industries, providing us a clearer picture of the current state of the region’s economy.

This report is one of the many ways in which CenterState CEO seeks to better understand its members’ opportunities and the challenges they face, so that we can provide the strategies needed to drive our regional economy forward. While our forecast report provides insights on a regional level, Siena College Research Institute’s 15th annual New York State Business Leaders Survey offers valuable information on a statewide level. This enables us to benchmark our progress relative to our upstate New York peer cities. Therefore, I encourage you to share your thoughts through Siena’s survey. Visit and use this code CENTCEO.

Thank you for your thoughtful participation and feedback. Register (at to attend CenterState CEO’s 2022 Economic Forecast Event, virtually, on Jan. 26 at 9 a.m., or contact Lisa Metot at        

Robert M. Simpson is president and CEO of CenterState CEO, the primary economic-development organization for Central New York. This article is drawn and edited from the “CEO Focus” email newsletter that the organization sent to members on Jan. 13.