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2022 Fall Progress Breakfast

Syracuse, NY – The theme of the Fall Progress Breakfast Series, presented in partnership with the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and Mower, focused on “The Story Behind the Project.”  Today, around 365 people attended the one-hour program, which took place at 8:00 am at Sky Armory. Through the lens of three presenters, attendees learned about projects underway throughout Downtown Syracuse and their impact on the community.

First, Mayor Ben Walsh (City of Syracuse) talked about the excitement around the Micron announcement and how the deal expands beyond the construction site in Clay, NY. Walsh made it clear that the investments and improvements to Downtown Syracuse played a key role in securing that deal.

Then, Meg Tidd, CEO of VIP Structures, spoke about her company’s role in taking The Post building into the future. Tidd referred to this project as a labor of love and is proud of the balance struck between all the upgrades to the building while paying tribute to The Post-Standard’s beginnings. VIP Structures looked at the scale of this project as an opportunity to create something special for the Downtown area, reinforcing their commitment to the center city.

Next, Jeremy Thurston, President of The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, jumped right into the details of the massive undertaking at City Center. Thurston explained that in order to appeal to future tenants’ interests, the exterior of the building would need to undergo a major facelift.  The exterior upgrade, in addition to the overall renovations paid off; numerous inquiries for leasing commercial and retail space lead them to forgo the original plans for apartments. This pivot during construction is something Thurston felt was important to meet the community needs, citing the vibrancy of Downtown Syracuse as a key factor in talent attraction and recruitment.

Finally, Mike Intaglietta, Executive Director of The Landmark Theatre, shared the history of The Landmark and the community’s unwavering support and commitment to its success. He feels proud of the recent upgrades to the seating and brand-new marquee, stating it has changed the face of Downtown! He also gave attendees a preview of the biggest renovation to the restrooms in the building’s history announcing a fitting fundraising campaign called 10,000 Flushes.

The Progress Breakfast is known for providing ‘exclusive previews’ of projects and items that the community is buzzing about. Having these presenters participate today helps build a deeper connection and insight into the growth underway Downtown.

“Hearing today’s presenters share their behind the scenes perspective on these highly visible projects helps build a deeper appreciation for efforts that go into building a vibrant Downtown Syracuse,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee.

The Downtown Committee is proud to partner with Mower to present the Progress Breakfast Series. Mower, a professional independent marketing, advertising and public relations agency located in Jefferson Clinton Commons in Downtown Syracuse, prioritizes building connections with people to accelerate growth. Its brand as friend approach activates relationships and fuels strong connections.

“Mower has grown from 4 to more than 150 people over 54 years, and with that growth comes the continued commitment to our clients, our employees and our commitment to Downtown Syracuse” said Stephanie Crockett, President, and Chief Operating Officer for Mower.

The Progress Breakfast is held twice a year, in the fall and spring seasons. The event receives corporate support from SWBR and media support from the CNY Business Journal.  For more information about the Progress Breakfast and to read about previous topics covered, please visit

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district. The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe and accessible. For more information, visit