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CenterState CEO Celebrates 289 Businesses as 2017 Economic Champions

CenterState CEO recognized 289 companies as 2017 Economic Champions for their collective hiring of more than 5,000 employees, nearly two million square feet of expansions, and $975 million in capital investments. Sixty-six companies were also recognized for opening the doors to a new business.

The accomplishments were celebrated at the Economic Champions Luncheon before a sold out crowd of more than 775 CenterState CEO members, community leaders and guests to the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter.

“Through this event we celebrate the companies that are at the forefront of our region’s growth and economic progress,” said CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson. “With each capital investment, new hire, expansion or new business, Central New York’s economy is strengthened. Their achievements—no matter how big or small—echo throughout the regional economy and impacts us all.”

The CenterState CEO Community Visionary Award, sponsored by Wegmans, was presented to Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. for its more than 30 years of service to the community. This award is given to a person, company or association that embodies the vision of economic opportunity and has had a significant impact on community prosperity.


Keynote speaker Quentin Hillsman, head coach, Syracuse University Women’s Basketball inspires the crowd. Watch the video at goo.gl/KCpYiV.

The luncheon also featured remarks from Quentin Hillsman, head coach, Syracuse University Women’s Basketball. Hillsman shared his motivational insight on leadership, team building and community engagement.

“Congratulations to CenterState CEO’s 2017 Economic Champions, and thank you for the growth, diversity and opportunities you all have inspired across this region,” said Hillsman. “Teamwork is paramount to economic growth, and the leadership capabilities of one can truly impact the lives of many in a limitless and positive way.”

See a complete list of the 2017 Economic Champions.

Watch Simpson’s remarks


Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C., one of this year’s 289 Economic Champions.

Watch the 2017 Economic Champions video at https://goo.gl/tXbL2k


Walt Dixie, executive director, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., accepts the Community Visionary Award presented by Wegmans. Pictured from left are CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson, Dixie and Evelyn Carter, director of community relations at Wegmans. Watch the video at https://goo.gl/XJcpiV