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Progress Breakfast

Theme: Destination Downtown
Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 am at The Oncenter
Tickets on Sale Now: $25/Individal Seat or $200/Table of Eight Seats
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You're invited to join the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and Eric Mower + Associates for the next Progress Breakfast event, as the organizations team up to celebrate three tourism elements that have contributed to Downtown Syracuse's success as a cultural destination.  

Three guest speakers will share their Downtown Syracuse stories, highlighting their retail, sports-tourism and cuisine specialties that have helped put Downtown on the map as a place where people want to be: 

  • First, Kathie Morris, owner of The Changing Room, a specialty women's boutique retail store on South Warren Street, will shed light on how Downtown's retail climate complements its residential landscape. Morris, who expanded her boutique to Downtown Syracuse about two years ago, has seen a surge in foot traffic, which she attributes partially to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown's resurgence. She and her husband recently moved to Downtown Syracuse, demonstrating their belief in Downtown as a 24/7 community.
  • Then, Vance Lederman, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Syracuse Crunch, will speak to how having an AHL hockey team right here in Downtown Syracuse helps infuse new energy into the center of our city as a sports-tourism generator. Vance, who has called this community home for 20+ years, will share the humorous story of how he and Crunch owner Howard Dolgan first found themselves in Syracuse, how they fell for Downtown's charms, and the exciting reasons why they stayed.  
  • Finally, John Stage, founder of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will speak about the early success his first restaurant achieved in Downtown Syracuse, and how the flagship restaurant helped put Syracuse on the map as a culinary destination. 

As part of this special program, all presenters will make themselves available after breakfast, giving guests an opportunity to mingle and network in a more personal setting.

The Downtown Progress Breakfast is Thursday, October 26 in the Ballroom of The OnCenter (map). Tickets are $25 for an individual seat. Tables of eight are available for purchase for $200. Please click here to register for this exciting event!

*Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Call Kristine Sherlock at 315-422-8284 with any questions.