Publisher’s Note February / March 2020

By Wagner Dotto This is our Progress Edition and I hope readers will enjoy reading it. The idea is to provide an accurate picture of what’s going on in the region — the good, the bad and the ugly. To that end, we have a little of everything, including a great (and sad) story about population loss in New York state. We lost 76,790 residents between 2018 and 2019 — that’s like losing more people than the entire population of Utica within a year (Utica’s population is 60,500). The Empire State is No. 1 in population loss in the country and has lost residents for four straight years (Gov. Cuomo blames the weather). We have a Q&A with the president of CenterState, CEO Rob Simpson, who talks about the need to tackle poverty in the region (30.5% of the Syracuse population lives in poverty). We also have an interview with M&T Bank economist Gary Keith who has a tremendous knowledge of Upstate New York’s economy. His view is that, yes, Upstate is growing, but not as fast as other regions. One of his concerns: population loss. “My biggest fear is what if we created a job, and there was no one

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