2018 Downtown Committee Annual Meeting Shines Spotlight on Incredible Investments Throughout Downtown Syracuse, Highlighting Community Engagement & Connections
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Syracuse, NY – Nearly 400 members of the Downtown community - including property owners, businesses, residents and other stakeholders – convened in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (map) for the 2018 Annual Meeting Luncheon of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc, presented by Pathfinder Bank.
In an exciting State of Downtown Report, Downtown Committee Executive Director Merike Treier highlighted the incredible growth that Downtown Syracuse has experienced this year, and the important role that the Downtown community has played in advancing the appeal of our urban core as a thriving residential, commercial and visitor destination. Right now:
- More than $360 million of investment activity is underway or announced.
- The 2017-2018 fiscal year saw the opening of 18 retail businesses.
- Downtown Syracuse currently is home to 3,600 residents, representing a 77% increase in its population since 2008.
- 29,000 people work in Downtown Syracuse. The fastest-growing sectors include Technology-based industry, Engineering, Financial and Accounting, Business and Commercial Law, Employee Benefits, Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, and Architecture.
“Incredible levels of investment have moved Downtown Syracuse forward this year,” said Ms. Treier. “Every day, I’m struck by the sense of community and the strong connections that people feel to Downtown Syracuse. There’s a sense that today, more than ever, we’re a city on the rise. In fact, if I could sum up this year using one word, it would be ‘engagement.’ The strong pull to be part of the action is evidenced in the Downtown photos shared across social media, positive news headlines, and the nearly 600 responses to our most recent constituent survey. That engagement and commitment keeps Downtown ticking. To achieve our best future, we all need to be engaged.”
Downtown Awards of Excellence: Accomplishments were recognized as Chairman of the Downtown Committee Board of Directors, Jim Breuer, presented the Downtown Awards of Excellence. The following individuals and organizations were honored for their commitment to revitalization efforts throughout Downtown Syracuse:
- Urban Innovation Award: The Redhouse Arts Center, which celebrated 100 days in its new home at City Center earlier this month, offers professional theater and partners with school districts and other institutions in our community to provide innovative arts-based education. The Redhouse Arts Center enriches our community through cultural engagement endeavors and strives to make new connections. Redhouse Arts Board Chair Bill Hider and Executive Director Samara Hannah accepted this award on behalf of the Redhouse team.
- Heart of Downtown Award: Pioneer Companies and State Tower have recharged Hanover Square with the $40 million renovation of State Tower. When the building was established in 1927, it was marketed primarily as office space. Now, reborn as State Tower, the building is truly a mixed-use neighborhood featuring high-end residential units, Class-A office space, and later this summer, new retail and restaurant opportunities. Melissa Zell, Sue Smith, Donna St. Cyr and Mark Roney of Pioneer Companies accepted this award.
- Perfect Partner: The American Institute of Architects - Central New York Chapter led the effort to bring the “Immersive Cloud,” an interactive, public art piece, to activate Downtown’s eastern gateway. Through partnerships with the City of Syracuse, Public Art Commission, Connective Corridor and the Downtown Committee, this previously underdeveloped parcel has become a conversation starter and a landmark. Anthony Rojas, President-Elect of the AIA, accepted this award alongside key partners: Eric Ennis, Adapt CNY; Daekwon Park, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Don Western, Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development; Kate Auwaerter, Syracuse Public Arts Commission; and Heather Schroeder, Downtown Committee.
- The Newsmakers Award: Nearly 50 business owners, organizations and agencies came together to share their ideas about how to best support the ongoing development happening throughout Downtown’s Southern District. With more than $125 million dollars of investments completed since 2012, and another $45 million dollars of investment underway, this neighborhood is poised for incredible transformation. The following individuals accepted The Newsmakers Award on behalf of the group: Nora Spillane, representing the City of Syracuse and the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency; First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile, Syracuse Police Department; Vince Nicotra, QPK; Benny Rivera, representing the Chimes Building ownership; and Samara Hannah of the Redhouse Arts Center.
Throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees were encouraged to follow along, using the hashtag, #EngageDowntown to share their stories about how they use Downtown Syracuse, and what they’re most excited about looking ahead to Downtown’s future. For additional information about the Annual Meeting, please click here.