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OCL announces the kick-off of its 2016/17 study, “How CNY Works: Examining the Diversity of Our Economic Base – Past, Present and Future “by inviting the public to attend our first study session.

With community input, the study committee will look at the businesses and industries that built CNY – and the people who worked in them. The first study session will be held at the Salt Museum, Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool, NY on Tuesday, September 27, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. OCL’s study sessions are free and open to the public.

Several speakers will trace the history of Syracuse’s economic growth from its early days on the shores of Onondaga Lake through the 20th century. The sessions are designed to promote dialogue and learning by exploring the interrelationship between employers, workers, jobs, wages, and overall prosperity. The impact these factors have on the concentration of poverty in Syracuse will also be examined.

Attendees are invited to bring a bag lunch. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For anyone traveling by bus, Centro route #46 has a stop close to the Salt Museum.

For additional information, contact study co-chairs Melissa J. Menon at or Craig French at