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Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • December 18, 2014
This Friday, check out CNY Crossroads special event: Celebrate Christmas, an inspirational performance from Danny Gokey with special guests: 7eventh Time Down and All Things New. Warm and soulful, Gokey will perform songs from his latest album, Hope In Front Of Me.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. Special VIP passes are also available for $30 and $35. Purchase tickets here.
To learn more about Celebrate Christmas, watch the video below or check out CNY Crossroad’s website here.
Thanks to all of the business and property owners that gathered at Sparky Town for a our fall Northside Networking Event. Hosted by the Northside Business Partnership (NBP), these events are an opportunity to engage with community members, share ideas, and make important connections over a spread of appetizers and beverages.
The evening was also a great way to celebrate Sparky Town, a long-time NBP member that will officially close at the end of the year in order to explore other interests. We’re very thankful for their contribution to our neighborhood and are excited to see what the future holds.
To learn more about the Northside Networking Event, email email@example.com.
NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support and engage Northside businesses.
The Land Bank is seeking proposals for two properties on North Salina Street: 435 North Salina, former home of La Cuisine, and the building directly next door, 437 North Salina. This section of the business corridor is home to Adagio Salon, Asti’s Cafe, and Rocky’s News, creating great potential for property developers and business owners. All proposals must be submitted to the Land Bank by January 6, 2015.
Melinda Johnson wrote an excellent piece about the retirement of Geoffrey Navias, Artistic Director of Open Hand Theater, in 2015. We’re going to miss this creative visionary, but look forward to seeing what comes next for this theater and museum!
“SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Geoffrey Navias, artistic director and a founder of Open Hand Theater, will retire in May. For 34 years, Navias has been involved as a performer, writer, director, mask and puppet maker and administrator of the arts organization. He has overseen its transformation from its beginnings in a warehouse on Walton Street in Armory Square to its current landmark location in a former mansion on Syracuse’s northside. It is known as Open Hand Theater – At the Castle on North Salina Street.”
Read the full article on Syracuse.com.
Livablecny.com recently profiled Salt Works on their website in the article, Wood Work: Artisanal Craftsman Jobs for Syracuse Immigrants. They beautifully capture the stories of Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos and Luis Vilella, two of the craftsman behind Salt Works’ sustainable furniture. “Before becoming a carpenter with Salt Works, the most extensive woodwork Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos had done was chopping down trees to sell as firewood in his hometown of Guantánamo, Cuba. Whenever money was tight, which was often, he would bike nearly 10 miles to the mountains where the wood made for good kindling—not far from the mountain range where Fidel and Ché plotted the Cuban Revolution. “Day after day, my situation—my life—became much harder,” said Ramos. While Ramos, 47, sold the bundles of wood for only 20 cents each in Guantanamo, he now helps pull in several thousand-dollar woodworking projects for Salt Works . . .” Read the entire article here.
We’re excited for SyracuseFirst’s annual fundraiser, the Buy Local Bash, presented by AmeriCU: a celebration of all things local, complete with food and beverage tastings, shopping, and live music. This year, the party will be held at the Landmark Theatre and will feature a special toast sponsored by the Syracuse New Times and a short performance by dancers from Syracuse Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Some of our Northside businesses will be in attendance, including Laci’s who will be sampling some of the menu items for their new lunch spot and Rocky’s News and Cigars who will be collecting donations to the Food Bank and giving away custom-branded Buy Local Bash cigars with every donation. Our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs will also be at the Bash, giving out samples of food and coffee and selling bags of beans and jewelry.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • November 17, 2014
This Work Train update was originally published in CenterState CEO’s November/December newsletter, CEO Essentials.
As of early October, there were more than 430 unfilled manufacturing-related jobs in Syracuse, Liverpool and East Syracuse alone, according to the New York State Department of Labor Job Bank. Many of these employers may pay above minimum wage, offer fringe benefit packages and support continuing education for employees in good standing. Some operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet customers’ needs. Others face potential expansion but worry about not being able to fill orders if they cannot hire the right people in time.
At the same time, there are many un- or underemployed individuals in the community. Given the right training and support, these people could be excellent candidates for local employers seeking to fill jobs.
Enter Work Train—a CenterState CEO-led initiative that cultivates industry partnerships to create a pipeline of job applicants to fill positions that might otherwise go unfilled. Work Train works with businesses to identify and aggregate employer hiring needs. Once the skills have been documented, Work Train networks with community-based organizations and educational institutions to identify, recruit, assess, prepare and then refer potential job candidates for interviews with employers that have job openings.
Work Train is looking for manufacturing sector businesses that want to be part of this process. To learn more about participating, contact Rosemary Jonientz, Work Train assistant director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-460-5507.
Work Train’s Roots: Work Train initially piloted this platform on the North Side of Syracuse with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in health care and construction jobs. Work Train is now scaling up its efforts, most recently partnering with Loretto to hire certified nursing assistants for The Cottages in Cicero. Work Train is staffed by CenterState CEO and guided by a collaborative consisting of leaders from business, philanthropy, economic and workforce development, training and education, local government, and community-based organizations.