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TWO WEEKS AWAY: 2019 Progress Breakfast Series to Shine Spotlight Downtown’s Resurgence Through Innovation, Investments & the Arts

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Image for PRSyracuse, NY –   In two weeks, the community is invited to join the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and Mower for breakfast to learn how technology and innovation, investments and the arts contribute to Downtown Syracuse’s resurgence. The first installment of the 2019 Progress Breakfast Series, scheduled for March 28 at 8:00 am will feature presentations from four key individuals, each leading efforts to recharge Downtown. The Progress Breakfast event typically draws 300 people. A limited number of seats are still available; ticket information is provided on the second page of this release.

Topics & Presentation Line-Up:

Syracuse Surge: The Downtown Committee and Mower are pleased to welcome Hon. Ben Walsh, Mayor of the City of Syracuse, back to the Progress Breakfast Series. Now in his second year leading the city, the mayor will discuss the Syracuse Surge, and how it will connect areas of productivity throughout the city. With a “Center City Innovation Hub,” located here in Downtown Syracuse, the plan prioritizes development along Downtown’s southern corridor. Breakfast attendees will learn how momentum generated from the plan will modernize the local and regional economy, and position Downtown Syracuse – and the city – for big economic growth. The mayor will also reveal details about new city initiatives, including a bike share program, which Downtown stakeholders will be among the first to try, when the program rolls out this spring.

Whitney Lofts Debut: Property investments also add fuel to Downtown’s resurgence, and the interest in new residential and retail space continues to be high. Right now, developers are putting the finishing touches on a $4.3 million investment along the 300 block of Salina South Salina Street, with 16 new luxury apartments, an American-style restaurant, and 1920s speakeasy. The first residents will be moving into Whitney Lofts as the calendar turns to spring. Steve Case and Ryan Benz of Acropolis Development are leading the charge. The dynamic partnership will treat breakfast attendees to a virtual tour of their property, and offer an insider’s glimpse into “Oh My Darling,” expected to celebrate its grand opening soon.

A Museum of Firsts: The Everson Museum of Art, in the midst of its 50th Anniversary Celebration, is often referred to as a “museum of firsts.” Through the lens of Elizabeth Dunbar, the museum’s Director and CEO, Progress Breakfast attendees will hear how the museum continues to employ creative, innovative techniques and educational programs to make art accessible.

Ticket Information: Tickets to the March 28 breakfast event are on sale now. Individual seats are on sale for $35, and may be purchased online by visiting the Downtown Committee’s website. Tables of eight seats are also available for $280.

The Progress Breakfast Series was designed to celebrate the forward-thinking that has fueled recent redevelopment in Downtown Syracuse. Unique to this event, presenters mingle with attendees in a personal network setting following the event.

“The Progress Breakfast Series is a celebration of collaboration, and it’s been incredible to see the progress that has come from partnerships, even since the first event was held in 2015,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “Since then, Downtown has experienced the rebirth of the Hotel Syracuse as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and welcomed more than 1,500 new employees to its workforce. Our Progress Breakfast audience is connected to what’s happening in the center of our city, and they’re eager to hear what’s next in the Downtown Progress storyline.”

The Progress Breakfast Series, is made possible through the support of Mower. Mower, a professional independent marketing and public relations agency located in Jefferson Clinton Commons in Downtown Syracuse, prioritizes building connections with people to accelerate growth.

“The Progress Breakfast Series draws invested, engaged, and committed members of the community, who want to be part of the conversation,” said Stephanie Crockett, managing director at Mower. “The event is known for providing ‘exclusive previews’ of projects or items that our community is buzzing about, and it aligns with Mower’s mission to be totally connected and immersed in the conversation. This speaker line-up is very exciting, and we look forward to making new connections and continuing to catalyze progress.”

The Downtown Committee will be live-tweeting during the Progress Breakfast. The community is encouraged to follow along using the hashtag, #RechargeSYR. For more information about the Progress Breakfast, to purchase tickets, and to read about previous topics covered, please click here. If you have an idea for a future topic(s) that may be of interest for the Progress Breakfast series, please send an email to mail@downtownsyracuse.com with “Progress Breakfast Topics” in the subject field.

The Progress Breakfast receives additional corporate support from SWBR Design.

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 www.downtownsyracuse.com.

About Mower 
Mower is a digitally-integrated independent marketing, advertising and public relations agency. With professionals in New York City; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinatti; Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse N.Y.;, Mower delivers strategic insights, digital solutions, smart creative, and award-winning results to clients. Mower is part of two global agency networks – thenetworkone and IPREX – as well as the 4A’s. For more information about Mower, please visit www.mower.com.  

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