Downtown Syracuse: Arts Color Economic Growth

Will Maitland Director of the Arts & Business Council of New York Delivers keynote address at Downtown Committees annual meeting this Tuesday

The Downtown Committee holds its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd at 8:30a.m. at the Museum of Science and Technology, 500 South Franklin Street, in Syracuse's Armory Square district. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting is entitled "Downtown: Arts Color Economic Growth." Jim Breuer, Chairman of the Downtown Committee, noted that the revitalization of downtown has been closely related to the expansion of arts, education and cultural attractions downtown. "The arts bring thousands of people downtown every year, and offer unique and compelling reasons why people come downtown. In Central New York, the greatest arts and cultural institutions are downtown."

Based in Manhattan, the Arts & Business Council of New York is a partnership devoted to stimulating alliances, benefitting both the arts and business sectors and the communities that they serve. Through its cultural tourism initiative, the Council encourages partnerships between the cultural and business resources in travel, hotel, restaurant and retail sectors to attract new visitors to New York, create job opportunities and stimulate local economic growth.

Mr. Weiss was named Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of New York in 2005.

Before joining the Arts and Business Council of New York, Mr. Weiss served as Director of The Center for Creative Resources, a nonprofit firm providing development, marketing and management services to small and midsized arts organizations and individual artists' projects.

Prior to that, he spent five years as Vice President of Development and Communications for New York's City Center, where he successfully increased its annual fundraising and sales income and secured more than $14 million in capital funding. Mr. Weiss spent 10 years as Deputy Director of Development for the New York City Opera, where he oversaw a staff of 14 and annually raised more than $11 million. He spent four years as Managing Director of CSC Repertory, an off-Broadway theater, and five years with the American Stage Festival.

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