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ONE WEEK AWAY: 2018 Progress Breakfast Series Continues Next Thursday, Highlighting Synergy in Downtown Syracuse through Key Partnerships and Downtown’s “Main Street”

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Syracuse, NY
–   Next Thursday, the community is invited to join the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and Mower for breakfast to learn about Downtown Syracuse as a place where communities converge, conversations are catalyzed and new connections are established. The next installment of the 2018 Progress Breakfast Series on November 1 at 8:15 am will feature presentations from three key individuals representing organizations with stakes in Downtown Syracuse. Margaret “Meg” O’Connell, Executive Director of the Allyn Family Foundation, Rickey Brown, Executive Director of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA), and David Nutting, Chairman and CEO of VIP Structures will discuss how they work together to breakdown barriers and position the center of the city for future growth. Salina Street, often referred to as Downtown’s “Main Street,” will also hold a starring role in the dialogue; it’s where UMEA is located, and where O’Connell and Nutting each hold significant roles in projects that bookend Salina Street in Downtown Syracuse. *Please find a brief description of the topics each presenter will discuss below.

New Format & Program Details: The program officially begins at 8:15 am at SKY Armory, located at 351 South Clinton Street (map), and is expected to last about an hour and a half. For the first time in the history of the event, a new format will be introduced. While each of the presenters will speak briefly about projects they’re working on – with Merike Treier, Executive Director of the Downtown Committee serving as emcee – there will also be a 15-minute panel discussion. This will allow event attendees to get a better sense of how the three entities work together, beyond what they may have read about in news headlines. Keeping with what attendees have come to expect from the Progress Breakfast Series, presenters will make themselves available for a more personalized networking session following the panel.  

“We’re looking forward to being able to enhance the traditional format for attendees, especially as this speaker line-up lends itself  so well to the addition of the panel,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “Our Progress Breakfast audience, often comprised of members the Downtown business community, has come to expect an ‘insider’s glimpse’ into collaborative efforts, and we think they’ll be interested to learn about the unique relationships between Mr. Nutting’s and Mr. Brown’s teams, and how that contributes to the progress storyline. As the Allyn Family Foundation seeks community input to shape its vision for the 484 South Salina Street property, the Progress Breakfast is a great forum to engage neighbors who want to help positively shape our community.”

The Downtown Committee appreciates the support of Mower to present the 2018 Progress Breakfast series. 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.

“Here in Downtown Syracuse, we have access to incredible resources that enhance the quality of life for residents, businesses, employees and visitors,” said Stephanie Crockett, managing director at Mower. “By choosing Downtown as the place to make our ‘workplace home,’ Mower strategically positioned itself to be totally connected. That sentiment complements the messages Progress Breakfast attendees will hear from presenters at the event next week. Downtown, the center of our city, is the place where paths intersect and connections start.”  

Ticket Information: Tickets to next week’s breakfast event are on sale now. Individual seats are on sale for $25, and may be purchased online by clicking here, or the icon below. Tables of eight seats are also available for $200.

Speakers & Topics:

  • The Allyn Family Foundation’s plans for a public market, food hall and mixed-income housing on the southern end of Downtown Syracuse will catalyze development in Downtown and the neighborhoods it borders. Through Meg O’Connell, Executive Director of the Allyn Family Foundation, Progress Breakfast attendees will be treated to an exclusive glimpse into the forward-thinking plans underway at 484 South Salina Street, and the role community outreach continues to play in the process.
  • Located in the Pike Block on South Salina Street, The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, founded in 2015, is the only Minority Chamber of Commerce in Central New York. Focused on harnessing the economic power of the minority community, Executive Director Rickey Brown will discuss opportunities for Downtown businesses and developers to partner with UMEA to enhance productivity.
  • VIP Structures is one of the organizations that works closely with UMEA. David Nutting, Chairman and CEO of VIP Structures, will discuss the ways he and Brown have worked together on projects. Nutting will also preview VIP’s exciting plans for the former Post-Standard Building in Clinton Square, which will bring new apartments, office and commercial space to Downtown’s northern-most neighborhood.

The Downtown Committee will be live-tweeting during next Thursday’s event. The community is encouraged to follow along using the hashtag, #SYRSynergy. For more information about the Progress Breakfast – and to read about previous topics covered - please visit the Progress Breakfast page  on the Downtown Committee's website.. 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. 

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