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From Poverty to Opportunity: An Economic Strategy

From Poverty to Opportunity: An Economic Strategy

There’s been a lot of talk about “poverty” in Syracuse lately. National reports have identified Syracuse as owning one of the highest rates of poverty in the country – and according to one study, the highest rates of concentrated poverty among Blacks and Latinos. This national attention has provided a necessary shock to the system. Business, political, and community leaders are rallying around the issue of poverty (and concentrated poverty) more than ever before. New York State, meanwhile, has commissioned anti-poverty initiatives in Syracuse, along with several other Upstate cities, where similar dynamics of concentrated poverty are prevalent.  For those of us who have long been working in the low-income communities of Syracuse, this is all welcome. For us to really move the needle on poverty, it must become a community priority. However, in order to “do something about poverty”, we must be committed to a deeper understanding of the issue and strategies that lead to real and lasting change.

Behind the Scenes of the Business Portal

Behind the Scenes of the Business Portal

Our Department of Neighborhood and Business Development launched, in partnership with Code for America, business.syrgov.net. We wrote about the site previously, and in this post will walk through some of the site’s backend, technical details.

Dear Baltimore

Dear Baltimore

I came to you to attend the 21st Century Cities conference and while I was there, was fortunate enough to explore your neighborhoods with some of the organizations who are doing some awesome work within your limits.