Firm information: Metropolis of Syracuse and CenterState CEO announce two new hires


The City of Syracuse and CenterState’s CEO announced that Christopher Montgomery has been named director of Syracuse Build, which will be located at CNY Works. The program was created to prepare community members for careers in the construction industry.

As director, Montgomery will be instrumental in the program as it aims to build a solid and inclusive construction worker pipeline of Syracuse residents in preparation for coordinated upcoming employment opportunities related to unparalleled local construction and development projects.

Montgomery previously worked as a human resources assistant and program coordinator at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business, management and economics. He also serves on several boards of commissioners and directors, including Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Syracuse Housing Authority, Blueprint 15, Sustainable Economies Alliance, and Syracuse Poster Project.

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In addition, Ebony Farrow has joined CenterState CEO’s economic inclusion team as Pathways to Apprenticeship Program Manager.

Farrow will be responsible for guiding the direction of the program, deepening partner relationships, ensuring participants’ success and directing day-to-day operations. The Pathways to Apprenticeship program provides construction training to prepare Syracuse residents, especially blacks, women and veterans, for successful entry into a union teaching and construction career. She has extensive experience leading construction training and education programs.

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