A 6 page paper discussing the efforts of the South Side Entrepreneurial Connect Project, a coalition of small businesses on the South side of Syracuse that has banded together to lift up their section of central New York. Expenses are high and margins are low; there is little available funding to promote the area. There is a wealth of possibilities for revitalizing the area, however, and the paper lists several of them along with a SWOT analysis, a description of the current situation and recommendations for revitalizing South Syracuse. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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This paper is dedicated to the memory of , research writer and well of wisdom. Revitalizing Downtown Syracuse By
Caldwell, -- properly! Introduction Filled with natural
beauty and home to the northern end of the same mountain range that becomes the Appalachians further south, extensive areas of central New York State are pastoral, sparsely populated and
have been economically depressed for some time. In years past, manufacturing jobs fled to the lower costs of the South. More recently, many of those remaining have simply
left the country. Current Situation When most people outside of upstate New York think of New York, the image that comes to mind
is New York City. The central part of the state is dotted with small - some tiny - towns, most of which have only limited retail or library services.
Residents of these small towns think nothing of driving 30 miles from Schenevus to Cobleskill for a pizza, or driving 25 miles to the nearest grocery store of any
size. Schenevus, a small town southeast of Syracuse, literally has more cows than people. Thus Syracuse not only serves the needs of
many people other than residents of Syracuse, there also are few choices for entertainment, shopping or literary pursuits outside the Syracuse city limits and within 50 or more miles.
The result is that people living in the immediate area perhaps are more open than most to street festivals, free concerts, craft fairs and other small-town activities adaptable to a