December 3, 2022

Nominate a CNY Business as a 2020 Economic Champion Today


Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson (CNYBJ file photo by Eric Reinhardt)

This has been an unprecedented, challenging year for our entire community. In spite of it all, we have witnessed perseverance, tenacity, and the resilient spirit of our members and the business community. Countless companies and organizations have engaged in the hard work of recovery and progress. 

We invite you to join us in recognizing these bright spots and successes by nominating your business, or others, as a 2020 Economic Champion.

 Economic Champions are business and organizations — large and small — driving the Central New York’s economy forward by adding jobs, opening their doors, expanding, or investing in their operations, and more. New this year, organizations are invited to nominate in categories that highlight their resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Innovation Excellence” recognitions will acknowledge businesses and organizations that have made a significant innovation in a product, process, or program in 2020 in response to COVID-19 that contributed to growth or improved quality of life for the people of Central New York. “Resilient Response” recognitions will acknowledge those that quickly adapted a product, service, or program to respond to the COVID-19 crisis that exemplified its business resiliency and resulted in company growth or public benefit.

Businesses may nominate themselves or others as Economic Champions by Oct. 15 [through this link:]. Past recipients may apply. Economic Champions will be recognized at the live virtual event on Nov. 19.

A resounding commitment to business growth and greater prosperity is essential to our forward progress and emergence from this crisis. We look forward to recognizing your achievements.        

Robert M. (Rob) Simpson is president and CEO of CenterState CEO, the primary economic-development organization for Central New York. This viewpoint is drawn and edited from the “CEO Focus” email newsletter that the organization sent to members on Sept. 24. 

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