Editor’s note: In July of 2015 we shared a post about the changes Northside UP would soon be undergoing with the goal of expanding programming across the community, while maintaining a commitment to the continued revitalization of Syracuse’s Northside neighborhood. This post is an update on the article and where Northside UP will progress in 2017.
Dear Friends and Community Partners,
Northside UP, originally the Northside Collaboratory, began in 2006 rooted in a collaborative approach towards the goal of radically improving the quality of life on the Northside. In June of 2015, Northside UP relocated its offices from our long-time home on North Salina Street to downtown’s Pike Block. This move was part of our team’s evolving role and work within the Syracuse community.
Since our official incorporation as the Economic Inclusion division under CenterState CEO in 2016, we’ve spent a great deal of energy revisiting our role on the Northside and the work we were known for in the neighborhood. While our workforce and small business development initiatives readily adapted to be citywide, we realized that our roles as convener and connecter on the Northside was as critical as ever. Over this past spring and summer, we met with neighbors and partners to discuss and design how to continue our work on the Northside. We’re excited to announce that our planning efforts culminated in a fresh structure for Northside UP as a program administered by CenterState CEO’s Economic Inclusion team. Under the guidance of a community-led steering committee, and with staff support from my colleagues Stasya Erickson and Jonathan Link Logan, Northside UP will continue to harness the power of partnership for improving the health and strengthening the economy of the Northside. Moving forward, Stasya and Jonathan will be serving as Co-Directors of Northside UP, while I continue to provide support and guidance. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks and months to come.
We look forward to working together in this mission so that we may create a vibrant and prosperous Northside community that embraces diversity and fosters opportunity for all. Please feel free to contact Stasya (serickson