Tuesday May 11, 2010

Itís Official: Syracuse Chamber, MDA Merger Complete

A new era of economic prosperity begins in Salt City

    The merger between the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Association is complete.

    The new name for the organization is CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.

    With more than 2,000 members, CenterState CEO represents a 12-county region at the heart of the Empire State, encompassing Central and Northern New York, the Upper Mohawk Valley and the eastern Finger Lakes.

    “With our combined assets and the active involvement of our membership, CenterState CEO has the unique opportunity to be New York’s most effective business leadership organization with near- and long-term benefits for our members and the region,” said Robert M. Simpson, president and CEO.

    CenterState CEO has a new board of directors that includes many members of both previous boards. Darlene Kerr, former president of the Syracuse chamber, retired but will remain active as a board member.

    Integration of the staffs has started and will continue in the coming weeks.

    Once complete, most CenterState CEO staff will be located at the former chamber headquarters at 572 S. Salina St., Syracuse, with additional staff located at the Syracuse Technology Garden, 235 Harrison St.

    A facilities committee has been convened to examine long-range facility requirements.

    Members will be able to continue to reach staff members at the same phone numbers as in the past. New staff email addresses will use first initial and last name @centerstateceo.com.

    CenterState CEO offers dual membership levels to meet the needs of diverse companies. Partner memberships are offered to businesses seeking access to CenterState chamber services. Investor memberships are for businesses and institutions seeking to provide additional leadership for a regional economic development agenda.

    A new website at www.CenterStateCEO.com provides the community with ongoing updates about programs and projects.