CEO/GOFCC - Signature Events

Economic Champions Celebration

Past Event
The Oncenter Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center

800 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
United States

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Economic Champions Celebration

About Ian Bancroft

Bancroft serves as the chief executive of Wrexham County Borough Council, which oversees economic and community development for the Welsh city made recently famous when two Hollywood stars purchased the community’s storied football club. Prior to taking up that post in 2018, he spent the previous 14 years working at a senior leadership level within large public service organizations in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North East Wales. In his role, Bancroft is committed to public service delivery and aims to work with partners, local communities and residents to build and deliver a clear vision that achieves outstanding results. As a Wrexham resident for the last 20 years, Bancroft is passionate about the current positive opportunities Wrexham and Wales provides and the potential for the future. Bancroft’s message at the Economic Champions Luncheon will highlight how the Wrexham community is leveraging and embracing this period of growth and strategic investment, much like Syracuse, to drive continuous community progress.

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Why Bring Wrexham to Syracuse?

The cities’ stories mirror one another - both are experiencing an exceptional period of investment, growth and global recognition after a time of economic challenge. Both cities’ economies were once anchored by industry: where Syracuse had manufacturing, Wrexham had coal mines and steel mills in the early 20th century. Despite the years of economic challenge, leaders in both cities recognized the need to develop and advance community-led strategies. By leaning into their own histories and stacking up strategic wins, they created the essential building blocks to land once in a generation investment. For Syracuse, that came from Micron Technology choosing to locate its newest megafab facility in Central New York. For Wrexham, it’s the global recognition and increased tourism that came with their soccer team being purchased by Hollywood’s Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElheney in 2021.

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