"The Syracuse we are building is magnetic." – Mayor Ben Walsh

Tech tourism is growing. Families are moving to Syracuse neighborhoods. Nonprofit and private-sector partnerships are re-engaging in with our scholars more than ever. There is alignment between the City, the County, and New York State. What we are achieving through large engagement and strategic partnership is surging our city into the forefront as a leader in thought and action, an innovator, an influencer of a buzzing trend: (1) that second cities do exist and cities can come back from the mistakes of following the blueprints of the past instead of taking responsibility for their own growth, and (2) opportunity can be for allIt is here.


Citywide Book Club
City Internship Program
Columbus Day Dialogue
Community Grid
2020 Census
Home for the Holidays
Interstate 81 
NYS Marijuana Legalization
Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge
Mayor/CE Gun Violence Task Force
NYS Recycleable Bags

Syracuse Surge
• Street Lights
• Citywide 5G
Smart Cities
• STEAM School
Syracuse FEC
Summer Youth Jobs
Skaneateles Lake Watershed
Syracuse Build
New City Website
Web Accessibility
Winter Tourism 

FAQs about

Why do I hear about more "initiatives" than the ones listed?

This page is focused on major initiatives, typically classified by the breadth of partnership and resources needed to realize meaningful and desirable impact. Our departments are working on annual projects to contribute to city operations each year. As those projects grow into strategic opportunities, we'll update this list.

Why are there names listed other than city government officials?

Imagine that to buy new software, city government must get it approved in a budget, get the money, bid it out, negotiate a contract, and then 1 year later the software is purchased, not even implemented. Things at the government level take time so we have partners to help us take advantage of the opportunities of today.

We are deeply appreciative of our partners. These partnerships require everyone to grab a huge corner of responsibility to help lift our city to extraordinary heights. 

How do I lend my expertise to an initiative?

Contact the names of the individuals listed below the initiative.  

What happens to these initiatives when Mayor Walsh leaves office?

Great questions. We know that change on this scale requires partnership, people, and policy. That's why these initiatives are all anchored by MOUs with non-governmental partners and a large component of public engagement to ensure that outcomes create opportunity for all for years to come.

How can we see the progress of initiatives?

A few places. 

Syracuse Surge

Sam Edelstein, Chief Data Officer
Jennifer Tifft,  Business Development
Centerstate CEO

website coming soon

Syracuse Build

Greg Loh, Chief Policy Officer
Sharon Owens, Deputy Mayor
Syracuse Build Steering Committee

website coming soon

Syracuse STEAM School

Bob Andrews, Intergovernmental Affairs
Syracuse City School District
Onondaga County

2020 Census Count

Tory Russo, Census Coordinator
Sue Boyle, Onondaga County


The Community Grid

Mayor Ben Walsh
Sharon Owens, Deputy Mayor
Greg Loh, Chief Policy Officer
Cory Dunham, Chief Operations Officer
Frank Caliva, Chief Administrative Officer
Bob Andrews, Intergovernmental Affairs
CNY Community Grid Collaborative

Syracuse Smart City

Sam Edelstein, Chief Data Officer
Jennifer Tifft, Business Development
Centerstate CEO