Meet the Police Chief: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
FOCUS FORUM and THURSDAY MORNING ROUND TABLE
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner
Syracuse’s new police chief adroitly addressed questions for a standing-room-only crowd at the Syracuse University Community Engagement Offices.
He offered a fresh point of view and covered the bases on this community and police strategies. Among the topics he addressed were adding officers, recruiting officers from all parts of the community, and assuring that those officers earn the respect of the community. But his message went much deeper than that. FOCUS and TMR have begun work toward more in-depth community follow-through on topics raised.
You can see the Channel 9 coverage, a short Spectrum News summary, or listen to the entire event on WCNY-FM radio 91.3 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. You also can hear broadcasts of the joint FOCUS Forum/TMR economic development presentations archived at WCNY-FM.
The Special Evening Forum Thursday, Jan. 31., with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon II drew a warm reception on a very cold day.
You can read coverage of the event HERE.
FOCUS and Leadership Greater Syracuse arranged the forum with support from National Grid.
J. Ryan McMahon II (left) and Ben Walsh
FOCUS FORUM on VETERANS SERVICES
7:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2018
FOCUS Greater Syracuse was back at the atrium of City Hall Commons at 7:30 a.m. on Friday Dec. 7, 2018, for a free public forum with veterans service groups. Participants in the free forum learned about services provided and volunteer opportunities and shared their knowledge and networks over morning coffee.
Jeff Bastable, a board member and Director of Philanthropy for Honor Flight Syracuse.
Jennifer Mennard, Outreach Coordinator for Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse
Lynn Fox, Community Outreach Director for Clear Path for Veterans
You can find a list of contacts for these organizations and many more and some of the presentations HERE.
You can hear the WCNY-FM broadcast of the three community economic development forums at www.wcny.org/radio/shows/tmr/
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A Community Engagement & Outreach Project on the Challenges, Realities and Opportunities of Economic Development and Community Wealth Generation
SESSION 3: Nov. 1-2
For the third and final Forum of the series FOCUS invites four local leaders actively involved in our economic development plans and practices at the grassroots and community level.
Mark Olson, Village of Fayetteville Mayor; Carolyn Evans-Dean, South Avenue Business Corridor Revitalization Project Manager; Mark Venesky, Cicero Town Supervisor; Mike LaFlair, Housing Visions Director of Marketing and Community Relations
The second Forum of the series covered the challenges in maintaining and growing businesses and community wealth and the tools they can use to compete in the marketplace. The session will tackle “self-inflicted” obstacles to success.
PROGRAM SPEAKERS WERE…
Andrew Fish, Senior VP for Business Development at CenterState CEO
Nora Spillane, Syracuse Deputy Commissioner Dept. of Business Development
Laura Miller, General Manager, Darco Manufacturing, Inc.
Joe Russo, Economic Development Program Manager, National Grid
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SESSION 1: Sept. 27
The series began Thursday Sept. 27 with three forums featuring national site-selection experts Chris Steele and Jim Damicis at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the NEW! New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center; and at the South Side Innovation Center.
COMMUNITY BUILDING WITH THE PEACEMAKERS
The first FOCUS Forum of the month was Sept. 13 at La Casita Cultural Center, with Westside residents talking about the community-building efforts of Take Back The Streets and the Peacemaking Project.
The August FOCUS Forum was on Onondaga Lake
Onondaga County Director of Environmental Protection Travis Glazier and Honeywell Project Director John McAuliffe offered an update on the lake and surrounding projects. FOCUS presented some highlights from the 2017 community survey about Onondaga Lake waters. This Forum included great views of the lake from the Skydeck at Destiny USA.
The July Forum featured Onondaga Citizens League report on Community Engagement.
The June Forum brought a national speaker to Syracuse.
The June 15, 2018, FOCUS Forum featured Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Sharon Brangman of SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Dr. Selby’s visit is the result of years of work by the CNY-CAN collaboration of FOCUS Greater Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Division of Geriatrics – now Department of Geriatrics, Southwest Community Center, and HealtheConnections. CNY-CAN has been bringing together patients and caregivers with health professionals to share their experiences and identify the kinds of research needed to meet patient needs.
To learn more about CNY-CAN CLICK HERE. Note that Dr. Selby also was the featured speaker at the Grand Rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical University Thursday June 14 at Weiskotten Hall. You can hear an interview with the doctors at HEALTHLINK.
We thank PCORI, Loretto and the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York and SUNY Upstate Medical University for helping to make this visit possible.
Kim Parker – Founder & CEO of Parkerpower Corporation – Accounting & Finance Professional Talent Search, MATCH & Placement Specialists
Martin McDermott – Senior Vice President of JF Real Estate – Commercial Real Estate specializing in downtown office buildings and suburban retail properties
Nancy Watt – Real Estate Agent with Hunt Real Estate ERA – Residential Real Estate specializing in promoting Central New York to potential homebuyers as new hires or prospects for top employers
It was standing room only for the April 20 FOCUS Forum with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and Director of Administration Christie Elliot.