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‘The sentiment is better than it once was. There’s an effort by our political leaders to get stuff done. But at the same time, we’re losing jobs in retail. Retail is dying in general because of e-commerce. It seems like yet another store at Destiny is closing every week.’ Joe Szlosek, owner at JAS Recruiting, Syracuse By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant While no one owns a functioning crystal ball, area professionals knowledgeable in the area’s economy offered their business outlook for CNY. Here’s what they had to say: “I’m optimistic. That’s not a sugar-coated thing. I see that the national economy continues to be strong and local investment is rising. When you see the progress that the cities of Fulton and Oswego are going through, it makes your head spin. You’re seeing concrete changes with new businesses and construction. I’m seeing tangible changes, not just studies and grant possibilities. I’m seeing things happen. There’s lots of good buzz out there. You start to believe some of that’s going to come true. When things grow and the investment is rising and people are onboard with starting businesses, there’s a role for me in there.” Steve Chirello, owner of Chirello Advertising in Fulton