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CEO FOCUS: Partners Launch Syracuse Surge Training Programs

By Robert M. Simpson


Will connect talent to in-demand careers

Finding talent continues to be a challenge for many employers. At the same time, there are people right here in our community looking for opportunities. To address this disconnect CenterState CEO has partnered with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, business leaders, and educational institutions — including Le Moyne College, Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center, OCM BOCES, and Onondaga Community College — to launch a series of Syracuse Surge-led workforce training programs. More information is available at:

The goal of these training and advancement programs is to create pathways to in-demand, local careers with opportunities for training, career exploration, and networking. All the programs directly support the Syracuse Surge initiative, which is an unprecedented series of investments in tech infrastructure and talent to position Syracuse as a global leader in the new high-tech economy. Surge was initiated by the City of Syracuse, in collaboration with Onondaga County and leading local institutions and leads programs designed to drive inclusive growth through talent and workforce development, XBE business (minority-, women-, veteran- and disability-owned business enterprises) development, and community engagement.

More than 300 people are expected to participate in the series of training programs by the end of next year. The programs are made possible through investments from a number of public and private sources including the American Rescue Plan Act, Onondaga County, the Work Train Funder Collaborative, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Programs include electrical-mechanical technician, surge-advanced manufacturing, surge-software apprenticeship, digital customer service, and undergraduate certificates in cybersecurity fundamentals and computer programming. Most participants will earn a stipend funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

To learn more about the programs and how your company can partner in these efforts, contact Aimee Durfee, director of workforce innovation at CenterState CEO 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 Dec. 2.