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CenterState CEO provides business expansion and retention services as well as financing assistance to companies with a focus on the region’s most competitive and emerging industry sectors. With its diverse membership and professional staff, CenterState CEO is uniquely positioned to link business leaders to each other and promote economic vitality. This collaborative approach enables us to assess companies’ needs, quickly respond to requests, and help companies access services and funding offered by the region’s economic development partners.

Business Relocation & Expansion

CenterState CEO can help you navigate the region’s economic development resources and incentives to encourage business expansion and relocations due to growth.

CenterState CEO can assist with:

  • Expediting zoning and planning approvals
  • Selecting sites for business expansion
  • Coordinating with government agencies on such issues as water, sewers and roads

Financing & Investment Opportunities

CenterState CEO works with a range of public and private sources to help businesses secure financing for growth.  When businesses succeed, it generates jobs, wealth and enhances the overall economic climate in the region.

CenterState CEO can assist with:

  • Obtaining grants and low-interest loans through regional partners
  • Arranging for complete incentive packages

To learn more about these opportunities contact Nora Spillane.

Honora Spillane
Senior Director of Business and Economic Development


The Central New York Regional Development Council (CNY REDC) offers funding for projects that advance Central New York's strategy to grow the region.

With the leadership and engagement from CenterState CEO, its members and community partners, Central New York received one of three $500 million Best Plan awards as part of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition.  This brings the state's investment in Central New York to $844 million, more than any region since the competition's inception.

The New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is the single entry point for access to state economic development funding which is processed through the Regional Council.

To learn more about the application and award process contact Andrew Fish.

Benjamin Sio
Chief of Staff

Grants for Growth

Grants for Growth offers product-to-market grants to promote the growth of your business. Grants up to $150,000 can be awarded to participating businesses. To date more than $3.8 million has been awarded through the program, which assists with technology transfer and commercialization through collaboration with higher-education partners. Find out if you are eligible for the Grants for Growth program by visiting The Tech Garden site or contacting Rick Clonan.

Export Assistance

CenterState CEO has worked to create a regional export strategy to increase the global competitiveness of the region and its businesses.  Let us help your business reach global markets through our export-focused programs and unique partnerships.

Export Consultant

CenterState CEO’s export consultant can guide businesses through the legalities and considerations of going global and can assist in making international connections for exporting.


The Central New York International Business Alliance is the lead agency in providing export services and guidance to companies interested in joining the global market.  The CNYIBA can assist with:

  • Events, workshops and seminars
  • Member trade missions
  • Connecting new-to-export companies with experienced export mentors
  • Providing counseling to companies looking to expand international sales
  • Access to a network of members to exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Acting as a resource of information regarding international trade, financing, and marketing

Export NY

ExportNY is a four-month program created for executives who want to enter the global marketplace. Participants spend two days per month in program sessions. Between sessions they work on developing and executing their plan. By the end of this fast-paced program, businesses are on their way to expanding their markets.

To learn more about any of our export assistance, contact Steven King.

Steven King
Executive Director, CNY International Business Alliance

Research & Development Partnerships

CenterState CEO has created partnerships with a number of academic and research facilities serving the region, including the Syracuse Center of Excellence and the CNY Biotech Accelerator. These partnerships can assist businesses with their research, development and product commercialization needs to achieve growth. We can also help connect you with subject matter experts and R&D facilities through these partnerships.

To explore these partnerships, contact Rick Clonan.

Physical Space

From large business parks to incubation space, to office locations in Downtown Syracuse, CenterState CEO can help you find the space to suit your growth.  Locations for expansions and new business locations include, but are not limited to:

For more information on bringing your business to Central New York, contact Honora Spillane.

Honora Spillane
Senior Director of Business and Economic Development

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