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CenterState CEO provides business expansion and retention services as well as financing assistance to companies with a focus on the region’s most competitive and emerging industry sectors. With its diverse membership and professional staff, CenterState CEO is uniquely positioned to link business leaders to each other and promote economic vitality. This collaborative approach enables us to assess companies’ needs, quickly respond to requests, and help companies access services and funding offered by the region’s economic development partners.

Business Relocation & Expansion

CenterState CEO can help you navigate the region’s economic development resources and incentives to encourage business expansion and relocations due to growth.

CenterState CEO can assist with:

  • Expediting zoning and planning approvals
  • Selecting sites for business expansion
  • Coordinating with government agencies on such issues as water, sewers and roads

Financing & Investment Opportunities

CenterState CEO works with a range of public and private sources to help businesses secure financing for growth.  When businesses succeed, it generates jobs, wealth and enhances the overall economic climate in the region.

CenterState CEO can assist with:

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council

New York State's Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) process, awards more than $750 million in state economic development resources, annually. This includes up to $150 million in capital grants and $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects across the state identified as regional priorities.

CenterState CEO is proud to play an active role as a member of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC). The Central New York region has had remarkable success through the REDC process, receiving the most funding to date out of all 10 council regions. By aligning critical projects to a clear vision for theregion, this initiative has transformed skylines and downtown districts and allowed businesses across the community to expand and create thousands of new jobs. Learn more.

To learn more about these opportunities contact Nora Spillane.

Honora Spillane
Vice President of Economic Development

Export Assistance

CenterState CEO has worked to create a regional export strategy to increase the global competitiveness of the region and its businesses.  Let us help your business reach global markets through our export-focused programs and unique partnerships.

Export Consultant

CenterState CEO’s export consultant can guide businesses through the legalities and considerations of going global and can assist in making international connections for exporting.


The Central New York International Business Alliance is the lead agency in providing export services and guidance to companies interested in joining the global market.  The CNYIBA can assist with:

  • Events, workshops and seminars
  • Member trade missions
  • Connecting new-to-export companies with experienced export mentors
  • Providing counseling to companies looking to expand international sales
  • Access to a network of members to exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Acting as a resource of information regarding international trade, financing, and marketing

Export NY

ExportNY is a four-month program created for executives who want to enter the global marketplace. Participants spend two days per month in program sessions. Between sessions they work on developing and executing their plan. By the end of this fast-paced program, businesses are on their way to expanding their markets.

To learn more about any of our export assistance, contact Steven King.

Research & Development Partnerships

CenterState CEO has created partnerships with a number of academic and research facilities serving the region, including the Syracuse Center of Excellence and the CNY Biotech Accelerator. These partnerships can assist businesses with their research, development and product commercialization needs to achieve growth. We can also help connect you with subject matter experts and R&D facilities through these partnerships.

To explore these partnerships, contact Rick Clonan.

Physical Space

From large business parks to incubation space, to office locations in Downtown Syracuse, CenterState CEO can help you find the space to suit your growth.  Locations for expansions and new business locations include, but are not limited to:

For more information on bringing your business to Central New York, contact Honora Spillane.

Honora Spillane
Vice President of Economic Development

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