‘Syracuse Surge’ scores another big name for high-tech jobs

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) –A major software company wants to make its way to Syracuse. If approved by the City’s Common Council, Microsoft would be heading to the Salt City as part of the ‘Syracuse Surge’ initiative.

Microsoft announced similar hubs earlier this year in Louisville, Kentucky and Houston, Texas.

Where Microsoft would set up shop in Syracuse hasn’t been finalized, but Mayor Ben Walsh says the hub will be used for developing uses for new technology, aiding tech start-ups and training the workforce of the future.

Microsoft joins J.P. Morgan Chase and JMA Wireless as two major parts of ‘Syracuse Surge.’

“We are not only getting buy-in from very large corporations, but we are also getting buy-in from local companies as well,” Walsh said. “We want to continue that growth and continue that surge and we expect to do just that.”

The Syracuse University iSchool, the City of Syracuse, and Microsoft are all partnering as part of the initiative.

Art Thomas is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the iSchool and Director of the iConsult Collaborative for City projects.

“Surge is really saying, how do we use technology to get better insight on how we spend money and how those resources are being deployed and to what extent we can make things more efficient,” Thomas said.

This innovative initiative positions all three as collaborators in a hub for Smart Cities technology development, research, and training, and for advancing the City’s energy use, public safety, job creation, and wider economic development goals.

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