Talk CNY

Talk CNY

CenterState CEO is Central New York’s leading business leadership and economic development organization, committed to creating a region where businesses thrive, and all people prosper. Welcome to CenterState CEO's semimonthly podcast, Talk CNY, presented by NBT Bank.Through this series CenterState CEO shares the latest news and information on topics ranging from community and workforce development, to policy and innovation. Each month we’ll feature leaders from across Central New York to shine a spotlight on the growth and opportunities happening in the region. In under 15 minutes, you’ll get an inside look at the people, projects and planning moving Central New York forward, and be connected to resources you need to support your business’ growth.

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June 12, 2024 26 mins

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CenterState CEO’s unique position as both a chamber of commerce and an economic development organization allows us to implement holistic strategies when working towards our goal of creating a region where businesses thrive and all people prosper. One example of this is our workforce development team. 

On this episode of Talk CNY, presented by NBT Bank, CenterState CEO’s Vice President of Workforce Innovation d...

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Central New York needs a skilled workforce that is representative of its population to build a vibrant, equitable economy. That’s something our partners at SUNY Oswego know well. 

As the largest public employer in Oswego County, SUNY Oswego is committed to making a positive economic, social and civic impact. They recently established the Office of Workforce Innovation and External Relations (OWIER) is a single...

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Talk CNY: Economic Champions Miniseries, presented by NBT Bank, gives us a chance to celebrate all the amazing businesses that make Central New York a great place to live and work. Host Kate Hammer speaks with a different business leader each episode to discuss who they are, what they do and how they’re tackling the growth in the region.  

On this episode, Kate talks to VIP Structures CEO Meg Tidd. Meg discuss...

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Talk CNY: Economic Champion Miniseries, presented by NBT Bank, gives us a chance to celebrate all the amazing businesses that make Central New York a great place to live and work. Host Kate Hammer speaks with a different business leader each episode to discuss who they are, what they do and how they’re tackling the growth in the region. 

On this episode, Kate talks to Dr. Bianca Gonzalez, CEO of AMPAworks, a c...

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Talk CNY: Economic Champions Miniseries, presented by NBT Bank, gives us a chance to celebrate all the amazing businesses that make Central New York a great place to live and work. Host Kate Hammer speaks with a different business leader each episode to discuss who they are, what they do and how they’re tackling the growth in the region.  

On this episode, Kate talks to Haun Welding Supply and Haun Specialty G...

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Central New York’s current economic development pipeline, the mechanism we use to monitor economic opportunities, is 20 times what it was in 2019. As of May 2024, it’s tracking around $10 billion in interest investment, and advanced manufacturing projects make up around 75% of that. It’s a big shift from what we were seeing even a year ago.

But CenterState CEO’s economic development work isn’t limited to the t...

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April 24, 2024 27 mins

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Communities don’t often have the advantage of being able to plan for exponential growth until they’re in it. However, Central New York has the unique opportunity to do just that.  

Because there is time to plan, there’s a chance to address the region’s current and upcoming demand for housing without creating unsustainable, inequitable conditions that often result from significant economic investment. CenterSta...

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April 10, 2024 27 mins

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We are a quarter of the way through 2024, and the team at CenterState CEO is working to keep pace with the region’s growth. From convening a housing taskforce and creating career pathways with our partners to supporting our members’ growth and building a new center of innovation on Harrison St., CenterState CEO is engaging in a wide range of projects. 

On this episode of Talk CNY, presented by NBT Bank, Center...

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Today's guest of Talk CNY - Quarterly Market Insights presented by NBT Bank is Ken Entenmann, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Economist for NBT Bank.

Ken joins us today to share what's happening in the markets and how it impacts you.

Kenneth J. Entenmann is Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer & Chief Economist at NBT Wealth Management. Ken has over 3 decades o...

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CenterState CEO’s business development work includes aiding new entrepreneurs as they start their first business—entrepreneurs like Durin Leckie.  Durin utilized CenterState CEO’s small business development programming to formalize and accelerate his business. Through Up Start technical assistance and the Growth + Equity Fund, Durin took Ali Fix It Construction from a one-man operation doing handyman jobs to ...

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March 6, 2024 18 mins

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An important part of CenterState CEO’s economic development efforts is community investment. This work ensures business development services help not just large companies, but also small, main street businesses and entrepreneurs from historically marginalized backgrounds.

One of the people helping our region’s small business owners navigate the ins and outs of entrepreneurship is CenterState CEO’s small busine...

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February 21, 2024 15 mins

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Syracuse Hancock International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. Air traffic is up 20 to 25 percent compared to 2019, the airport’s busiest year on record... and the number of available airline seats in 2024 already exceeds 2023. And there are no signs of slowing down.  

But the Syracuse Hancock International Airport is not only expanding commercial air service. It’s also innovatin...

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February 7, 2024 22 mins

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In 2016, local leaders recognized the potential of making Central New York a globally recognized center for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) innovation. That vision was turned into reality thanks to unparalleled state investments.  

Now, our region has an ecosystem of research and development assets like an FAA designated test site, beyond visual line of sight testing and advanced air mobility (AAM) capabilities ...

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January 24, 2024 24 mins

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On this episode of Talk CNY Season 2, presented by NBT Bank, Empire State Development’s Regional Director for Central New York Dan Kolinski discusses the goals outlined in the recently released Regional Economic Development Council’s 2023 strategic plan. The 2023 plan is updated to include goals that reflect our current regional moment, such as creating a future ready workforce, connecting industry ecosystems...

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January 10, 2024 30 mins

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In the first episode of Talk CNY Season 2, presented by NBT Bank, CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson joins new host Katie Zilcosky to reflect on all Central New York accomplished in 2023, and share his outlook for 2024. Tune in to get a preview of CenterState CEO’s 2024 Economic Forecast Report.

Simpson serves as president of the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), based in S...

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December 27, 2023 19 mins

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On this episode of our podcast, we’ll take a look back at the first season of Talk CNY, presented by NBT Bank and celebrate a year of thoughtful conversations and highlight the stories that we told over the past 23 episodes. 

We will also share a few behind-the-scenes moments, including some of our best bloopers. 

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December 20, 2023 19 mins

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On this episode of Talk CNY presented by NBT Bank, Jared Shepard, CenterState CEO’s director of research and planning, talks about the key indicators that underscore the growth that is ahead for the region and develop the strategic plans needed to meet those opportunities and challenges. 

As the director of research and planning within the Strategy, Policy and Planning team, Jared Shepard leads the organizatio...

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Today's guest of Talk CNY - Quarterly Market Insights presented by NBT Bank is Ken Entenmann, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Economist for NBT Bank.

Ken joins us today to share what's happening in the markets and how it impacts you. He will focus on the Fourth Quarter of 2023 UPDATE

Kenneth J. Entenmann is Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer & Chief Economist...

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December 6, 2023 19 mins

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On this episode of Talk CNY, Alan Rottenberg, founder, Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative, and Donna Gillespie, chief executive officer of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, share how the Career Apprenticeship Initiative, first developed in Canada, is connecting recent college graduates from local colleges to career opportunities in the region. You’ll hear how this talent model can help the...

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November 22, 2023 28 mins

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On this episode of our podcast, we’ll hear from CenterState CEO’s Ben Sio on how his team is leaning into the unprecedented growth in the region and developing strategies to ensure we are prepared for all the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

As Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy and Planning, Ben Sio oversees the strategic direction of CenterState CEO and ensures that collective a...

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