Programs & Partners

CenterState CEO benefits from many strong community, organizational and economic development partners, collectively advancing business opportunities and creating greater impact in the region.

Partners & Programs

Programs & Initiatives

CenterState CEO's develops and administers programs and initiatives designed to deliver valuable services, expertise and resources while advancing strategic priorities for the business community and the region.

CEO Travel

CenterState CEO is pleased to work with travel partners to offer world-class travel at discounted prices.


GENIUS NY is the world's largest business accelerator competition for uncrewed systems, IoT and robotics startups.

Grants for Growth

Grants for Growth is a long-standing CenterState CEO seed funding program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness and create jobs.

Growth + Equity Fund

The Growth + Equity Fund was developed by CenterState CEO in response to the need for more program options to address a spectrum of market inefficiencies and inequities.

Northside UP

The Northside Urban Partnership (Northside UP) is dedicated to harnessing the power of partnership to develop innovative solutions that improve the health and strengthen the economy of the Northside of Syracuse.

Syracuse Surge Accelerator

The Syracuse Surge Accelerator is a one-year in-person accelerator to provide direct resources and support for BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Syracuse Surge Workforce

Syracuse Surge is an inclusive community plan to ignite economic growth and neighborhood transformation in the city of Syracuse and the Central New York region.


SyracuseFirst advocates for independent local businesses and entrepreneurs, encouraging citizens to "Think Local First."

The Clean Tech Center

The Clean Tech Center at The Tech Garden in Syracuse is a NYSERDA-funded initiative focused on supporting companies commercializing environmental and clean energy technologies.

This Is CNY

A talent attraction initiative in partnership with Advance Media New York, to aid local companies in their search for new employees.

Up Start

The Up Start business development program connects local, service based businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to the tools and networks that help them thrive.

Work Train

CenterState CEO’s Work Train initiative centers on helping workers access career opportunities and build wealth through family sustaining employment, and helping employers succeed by connecting them to talent and supporting their talent…

​Innovation Hot Spot

The Tech Garden is the designated Innovation Hot Spot for the Central New York region. The Hot Spot program is a five year tax incentive program designed for formative stage companies in the tech and manufacturing industries.

Organizational Partners

Organizational Partners are independent organizations aligned in their mutual interest to advance economic development in the Central New York region and beyond. CenterState CEO provides operational support services, co-location or others benefits, and collaboration on strategic priorities and opportunities.

CNY Biotech Accelerator

As part of SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) is a state certified business incubator.


The CNYIBA provides experienced export guidance to help companies target international markets and buyers.

Downtown Committee of Syracuse

A private, nonprofit professional downtown management organization whose mission is the revitalization of downtown Syracuse.

Electronics Park, LLC

EPLLC oversees redevelopment of properties within Electronics Park and its day-to-day operations.

Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation

One of the premier economic development financing organizations in Central New York. It assists businesses with various needs.

New York Land Bank Association

The New York Land Bank Association, Inc. was established in 2015 to support land banks across the state.


NUAIR provides expertise in uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) operations, research and integration.

Syracuse Tomorrow

Syracuse Tomorrow is the nonpartisan, regional, state and local political action committee of CenterState CEO.

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

A nonprofit whose mission is to harness the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the region.

Visit Syracuse

Visit Syracuse plays a critical role in Onondaga County’s economic development by strategically growing the region’s visitor industry.


Engagement with additional organizations further supports CenterState CEO’s strategic initiatives, members and stakeholders.

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council

The Central New York Regional Development Council (CNYREDC) is made up of regional public and private sector leaders. CenterState CEO maintains a seat on the council to help advance regional economic development priorities.

Funding Partners

CenterState CEO is fortunate to benefit from partnerships with several state and local entities that support the work of its programs and initiatives.

National Affiliations

CenterState CEO’s unique work has drawn the attention of national foundations and partners, establishing it and the region as a best practice model in the areas of regional economic development, sustainability, and equity.

Syracuse Center of Excellence

SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems.

Syracuse Regional Airport Authority

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is Central New York’s gateway to the world and an economic engine for the region. CenterState CEO members recognize the importance of convenient, competitive air service.