Ideas on how to solve CNY brain drain

Thirty-six students from Syracuse University, Cornell University and the University of Rochester will present ideas developed during a three day charrette on how to retain smart, hard-working young people in the Upstate New York region post-graduation.

The presentation takes place after a 1 p.m. reception on Sunday, Nov. 15, on the fourth floor of The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. The presentation of ideas comes after a three-day charrette titled "Work/Play/Stay," in which 12 students from each university worked round-the-clock with their peers to come up with creative solutions to the retention problem.

The Sunday presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available at the reception; parking is available at the Warehouse lot on Montgomery Street; additional parking is available in the secondary Warehouse lot on the corner of West and Walton streets. Street parking is also available.

The charrette was conceived and supported by Neil Tarallo, assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship at SU's Whitman School of Management, and Enitiative-the Kauffman-funded collaborative partnership based at SU that provides resources and funding support for entrepreneurial projects in the region. The three-day session was facilitated by COLAB, the interdisciplinary initiative based in SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts(VPA) that encourages students and faculty to use their diverse skills and perspectives to solve complex, real-world problems creatively and collaboratively.

Several members of the Upstate New York community who are invested in solving the retention problem will be in attendance. Guests include Nasir Ali, the Tech Garden; Ann Clarke, dean of VPA; Bea Gonzalez, dean of University College and chair of the Syracuse Common Council; Kristen Heath, Upstate Senate Democratic Caucus; Marilyn Higgins, SU vice president for community engagement and economic development and board chair of the Near Westside Initiative; Elizabeth Liddy, dean of SU's School of Information Studies; Eric Rogers, SCORE, "Counselors to Americas Small Businesses"; Elle Stasz, Metropolitan Development Association; Eric Spina, SU vice chancellor and provost; and Laura Steinberg, dean of SU's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Other guests include representatives from the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce; the Central New York Community Foundation; CNYWorks; F.O.C.U.S.; local, county and state officials; and local business owners.

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