What industry defines Syracuse today? We were a great Salt City once. Some consider us a full-blown college town (hence, the pride of the Orange Nation). The name Emerald City is potentially creeping into our history of commercial monikers. Will this be the brand of Syracuse in 20 years? Is sustainability our next great industrial achievement?
LinkedIn recently did something very cool. Using data from its 175 million users in the United States and Europe, it generated a map, or economic graph, of major cities broken down by their biggest and best industries. The map shows how some cities fit their stereotypes and others sort of don’t.
For example, New York City is all about finance. Albany and Rochester fell into the engineering category. Burlington, Vermont’s top skills are filed under energy. San Francisco is known for its tech industry. Miami is ranked under the lifestyle section, known for its tourism and arts scene.
I’m from Louisville and we’re about business, apparently. But this is a wide category that includes skills from up and down the spectrum. Indianapolis is a medical town, Birmingham is famous for law, Boston has science and D.C. has public policy.
This means that these are the major sectors where people work in these cities.
One interesting find is under the title of “Rust belt remnants.” From the map, you can see which parts of the Northeast and near-Midwest still have strong ties to manufacturing and engineering (blue dots). Obviously Syracuse falls into this category even though it’s not specifically shown on the graph. I suppose we aren’t big enough to be included? Nevertheless, we can imagine what top skills we might hold: focus on higher education, interest in engineering and green infrastructure, healthcare management, etc.
What do you think our top skills are? How do you think Syracuse will be identified in 2064?
We seem to be on track towards becoming some sort of Emerald City. Will our future dot be green?