Turn on the lights near your exterior windows this weekend and lets LIGHT UP SYRACUSE! March 27th-29th
From: Believe in Syracuse, Pro-Syracuse Committee
Contact: Brian R. Byrnes, P.E.
Believe in Syracuse Board Director, Pro-Syracuse Committee Chair
“Light Up Syracuse” - NCAA Basketball East Regional Weekend, March 27th -29th 2015
Our organization is writing in regards to an event proposed by our members called “Light Up Syracuse.” Light Up Syracuse is loosely modeled after an event in Pittsburgh called “Light Up Pittsburgh.” The idea is to turn on downtown lights all weekend to demonstrate that Syracuse is energized and open for business!
In Pittsburgh, all businesses were asked to leave every light on in downtown to kick off their Holiday Season. Their event was on Friday and Saturday nights and had a fireworks component. In Syracuse the plan would be slightly modified to center around the NCAA Basketball East Regional weekend, March 27th -29th, requesting that all the business, building and apartment lights be turned on in downtown Syracuse Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
During the NCAA Regionals weekend in Syracuse, the city will play host to thousands of fans of the four visiting colleges. Many, if not most, will be very wealthy donors and business owners who support these colleges. The idea is to use this event to highlight how vibrant our great city is and pitch Syracuse as an excellent place to live and do business! Light Up Syracuse would encourage locals that love our city to come downtown to see all the lights lit up for the first time in a generation, take pictures, and tell our visitors how great Syracuse and Central New York truly is. The greater Syracuse area has been identified as one of the lowest cost of living and cost of home ownership cities in America. With excellent local colleges and universities, nanotechnology development, work force with skills diversity, resident college education rates above the national average and ten year tax free incentives of Start UP NY; Syracuse is prime for new business and growth!
In addition, the plan would include seeing every visitor as a potential investor or future resident. This would be done by providing hotels with information about why Syracuse is a great place to live or retire and how to get a business started in Syracuse in each hotel room. These documents would point out the all the important business and cost advantages noted above as well as, entertainment events like the Taste of Syracuse, and The Great New York State fair and our proximity to recreation including skiing, hiking, Finger Lakes Wine Trails and The Adirondacks.
Light Up Syracuse would be an event designed to galvanize enthusiasm for the entire region, and specifically, our heart, Downtown Syracuse. It shouts, “WE ARE ENERGIZED and OPEN FOR BUSINESS!” With Light Up Syracuse an entire generation of Central New Yorkers will see all of downtown Syracuse completely lit up for the first time. This event is as much about dazzling of our own community and instilling civic pride as it is directed towards potential investors.
Please view the video prepared by a BIS member: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRMLbK3HN8Y
Thank you in advance for your coverage and support! It is simple and effective turn the lights on!
Let’s Light Up Syracuse!