Syracuse City and CenterState CEO Announces New Hires for Syracuse Build and Pathways to Apprenticeship Programs


July 8, 2021

Ebony Farrow appointed Program Manager for Pathways to Apprenticeship program

The city of Syracuse and the CEO of CenterState have announced new employees to support Syracuse Build, the program launched by Mayor Walsh to prepare community members for careers in the construction industry. Christopher Montgomery has been appointed director of Syracuse Build which will be hosted at CNY Works. Additionally, Ebony Farrow has joined the CenterState CEO’s Economic Inclusion team as the Pathways to Apprenticeship Program Lead.

As director of Syracuse Build, Montgomery will provide key support to Syracuse Build as it aims to build a robust and inclusive construction labor pool of Syracuse residents in preparation for upcoming job opportunities lined up associated with unprecedented levels of local construction and development projects. He previously worked as a staff assistant and program coordinator at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (Syracuse EOC). Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Management and Economics. He also serves on several boards of directors and management, most notably as chairman of the board of commissioners of the Syracuse Housing Authority, Blueprint 15, the Sustainable Economies Alliance and the Syracuse Poster Project.

“One of the key ingredients to the success of both programs is the selection of those who will lead and support its operations. Chris and Ebony both have a proven track record of providing training and employment support to our residents. and have established valuable relationships with industry partners, “said Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, Chair of the Syracuse Build Steering Committee.” I look forward to working with both of them as we prepare our workforce. work to future opportunities. ”

As a program manager for the Pathways to Apprenticeship program, Give birth is responsible for guiding the direction of the program, deepening relationships with partners, ensuring the success of participants and leading day-to-day operations. The Pathways to Apprenticeship program provides construction training to prepare Syracuse residents, especially people of color, women, and veterans, to successfully enter union apprenticeship and construction careers. She comes to the CEO of CenterState with extensive experience leading construction training and education programs.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Ebony and Chris to these leadership roles,” said Aimee Durfee, Director of Workforce Innovation at CenterState CEO. “We look forward to working with them to diversify the construction industry in Syracuse.”

About Syracuse Build

Syracuse Build is a City of Syracuse initiative started by Mayor Walsh to support local construction activity by connecting job seekers from historically marginalized communities of Syracuse with career paths in construction-related fields. The goal of Syracuse Build is to align local government, labor unions, anchor institutions and construction companies into a coordinated network of community, training and workforce partners. Work Train at CenterState CEO serves as an intermediary, providing resources and partners to develop both the Syracuse Build initiative and the Pathways to Apprenticeship program.

About Pathways to Learning

Syracuse Build’s Pathways to Apprenticeship program is a comprehensive apprenticeship preparation program that focuses specifically on women, people of color and veterans to help them access registered construction trades apprenticeship programs. . The 11-week paid program is designed to prepare a local workforce for the significant number of construction jobs created by investments in federal, state and local infrastructure, including I-81. The Pathway to Apprenticeship program is a collaboration of the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council (CNNYBTC) and Syracuse Build.

About the CEO of CenterState

The CEO of CenterState is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, corporate leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart businesses, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem solving. www.centerstateceo.com


This press release was produced by the city of Syracuse. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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