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Walsh names new SIDA director, other business-development officials

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has appointed Judy DeLaney as the new executive director of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA).

DeLaney’s appointment was one of three that Walsh announced in the Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD).

Besides DeLaney’s appointment, Jennifer Tifft has also been named the department’s deputy commissioner.

The appointments follow the departure of Honora Spillane, who left City Hall in May for a job at CenterState CEO. Spillane had served in both roles.

Walsh also promoted Eric Ennis to director of business development. He had been serving as an economic-development specialist, per his LinkedIn profile.


Judy DeLaney
Judy DeLaney

DeLaney will administer the work of SIDA, including evaluating new projects seeking support for investment and creating new jobs throughout the city.

In her previous role at NBD as economic-development specialist, DeLaney assisted businesses seeking to grow with financing options through SIDA and the Syracuse Local Development Corporation. She has worked for the City of Syracuse to advance economic-development efforts for nearly 19 years, Walsh’s office said.


As deputy commissioner, Tifft will report to department commissioner Stephanie Pasquale.

Jennifer Tifft
Jennifer Tifft

Tifft will also be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and supervision of the staff of the business development, neighborhood planning, program administration, fiscal, and minority affairs divisions. Tifft will also work with the commissioner and division heads on department-wide administration and strategic initiatives. She’ll also work to identify opportunities for shared services with the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development, Walsh’s office said.

Formerly a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, a global consulting firm, Tifft has experience in government strategy and operations. She worked with Deloitte for more than 13 years, managing projects focused on economic growth, service-delivery enhancement, performance measurement, and overall program improvement for residents in states and cities nationwide.

Tifft recently served as the chief of staff for Deloitte’s future of mobility practice, where she identified new opportunities associated with the introduction of shared, autonomous, and connected mobility technologies.

Tifft is a graduate of Syracuse University with a master of public administration (MPA) degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a juris doctor (JD) from the Syracuse University College of Law.


Eric Ennis
Eric Ennis

Ennis has worked with the city in community development roles since 2014. As director of business development, he has assumed responsibility for “driving” business and economic development in the city, Walsh’s office said.

That includes reviewing and supporting commercial and mixed-use real-estate projects, providing technical and financial assistance, and leading other initiatives that will foster business growth in the city.

He also serves as executive director of the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO), which provides small-business loans to firms in Syracuse.

Besides his work duties, Ennis serves as president of Adapt CNY and played a key role in bringing Gotcha’s Syracuse Sync bike share program to the city. That program launched Tuesday.

Ennis is a graduate of Syracuse University with an MPA degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo.

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Photos credit: City of Syracuse

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