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Message from the President

Rob Simpson, President, CenterState CEO

Welcome to the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.

Based in Syracuse, we are part of a vibrant, twelve-county region that is home to 1.5 million people encompassing Central and Northern New York, the Upper Mohawk Valley and the eastern Finger Lakes.  CenterState is larger than 11 states, by population, and would rank as the 39th largest metropolitan area in the United States.  Overall, the CenterState economy has a greater output than 60 percent of the countries in North, Central and South America.

We have a rich history of business innovation, creativity and leadership.  And, today, as a region, we are well positioned to lead in an evolving global economy. 

In a knowledge economy, smart regions prosper.  CenterState New York is rich in intellectual resources, with the third highest concentration of colleges and universities in the nation. In this region, there are 35 campuses educating more than 138,000 college students and conducting more than $2 billion in research and development, annually.  The region is recognized as an international leader in green and clean technology, sensor systems, and nanotechnology. 

Now, we are pleased to introduce an organization built to leverage our region’s many assets to develop new economic opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.

Combining the resources of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Association, and joined by partners across the region, CenterState CEO is much more than a typical economic development organization.  Instead, our focus is on total community prosperity and well-being, applying unprecedented levels of innovation and collaboration to transform the region. 

With more than 2,000 members at the Partner and Investor levels, CenterState CEO is the region’s source for:

  • CenterState Chamber Business Services
  • Business Development
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology Initiatives
  • Infrastructure & Urban Initiatives
  • Workforce Alignment & Talent Initiatives
  • Government Relations & Business Advocacy
  • Regional Marketing of Business, Tourism & Lifestyle

Through our members and in each of these focus areas, we will have a meaningful and lasting impact as CenterState’s hub for business leadership and economic growth.  Whether your business is large or small, we invite you to join our efforts to enhance business, economic development and our quality of life.  Ultimately, we will measure our success through your involvement and by earning a reputation as New York’s most effective business leadership organization.

Robert Simpson
President, Centerstate CEO