Upstate New York's economy will need to be in a near-constant state of reinvention if it wants to survive in the current environment, according to CenterState CEO, an economic booster organization based in Syracuse.
It's no guarantee, but the college internship can often lead to a job offer after graduation.
Economic development officials in Syracuse are hoping that getting more college students involved in internships at local, small businesses can help reduce the "brain drain" of young, educated people leaving the region.
CenterState CEO, an economic development agency, is ramping up its Project ION - Internship Opportunity Network - for another school year.
The plan was released Wednesday during CenterState's annual meeting. Along with Brookings, representatives from the US Export-Import Bank and the Commerce Department touted the potential of the region.
But central New York has a ways to go: Of the top 100 largest metro areas, Brookings found Syracuse ranked 72nd for export value in 2010.
CenterState CEO in Syracuse is trying to get more companies in Central New York to do business outside the area. Syracuse is one of four metropolitan areas in the U-S that are working with the Brookings Institution to increase exports over the next five years. As part of two initiatives, they are asking local business for data about their exports, and encouraging them to look at more business opportunities outside the area.