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Metro Business and Export Plans

CenterState CEO and the Brookings Institution, along with regional partners, have developed a Metropolitan Business Plan (MBP) and a Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI), creating renewed regional economic development and business growth strategies for the 12-county CenterState region.

Culminating an intensive period of research, planning and development, CenterState CEO, the Brookings Institution, and regional partners, released today the CenterState Agenda for Economic Opportunity, which identifies five key findings with clear implications for redefining the region’s economic profile, recommends eight top-level strategies designed to drive growth and build synergies across the region, and establishes four initiatives to focus immediate implementation efforts:

  • Establish the Data to Decisions Innovation Alliance
  • Launch a Regional Seed and Venture Fund
  • Establish a Commission on Government Modernization
  • Implement the CenterState Export Initiative

CenterState Agenda for Economic Opportunity Executive Summary and Full Agenda
Press Release
Battelle-Central Upstate New York Regional Analysis
Battelle Appendix B Industry Cluster Profiles
Economic Assets in the Region

CenterState CEO, in conjunction with several regional economic development partners, has developed a plan to double the region’s exports over the next five years.  The plan is designed to support recent regional export successes while encouraging businesses to capitalize on strong opportunities found in foreign markets.  The MEI seeks to: create quality and highly productive jobs through increased export activity, improve regional competitiveness in the global marketplace, ensure long-term economic sustainability, and attract and retain world-class talent and new wealth to the region.  The CenterState MEI proposes three core strategies to grow the region’s exports by $3 billion over the next five years:

  • Increase export activity of the region’s top exporters
  • Build export capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Expand exports of the region’s key service providers

CenterState Export Plan
Press Release
MEI Policy Memo

Get Involved
Engagement and business buy-in are among the key goals of our regional business plan and export initiatives.  To learn more, please contact Steven King at sking@centerstateceo.com or Ben Sio at bsio@centerstateceo.com.

Learn More
MBP and MEI Overview 
MBP and MEI Announcement Press Release
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program 
Brookings Metropolitan Export Initiative

Partners & Supporters
The MBP and MEI will engage partners and stakeholders across the region in developing a collaborative strategy for long term economic growth.



Cayuga Community College
CNY Regional Planning & Development Board
CNY Works
Empire State Development
F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse
Gifford Foundation
Green & Seifter Law
Lewis County Economic Development
Mohawk Global Trade Advisors
NY Department of State
Operation Oswego County
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
SUNY Cortland
Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council
Tompkins County Area Development
US Department of Commerce