Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the appointment of Eric Ennis as Deputy Commissioner of Business Development in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD). Ennis, who most recently served as the City’s Director of Business Development, will be responsible for advancing and managing department-wide administrative and strategic initiatives. Additionally, he will facilitate new economic development activity and workforce opportunity efforts, and support commercial and mixed-use areas in neighborhoods across the city.
“Eric has played an integral role in numerous economic development and quality of life initiatives, including efforts to strengthen our neighborhood business corridors and maximize the value of underutilized city assets and properties. He’s also helped create successful events and programs and contributed to enhanced mobility in Syracuse,” said Mayor Walsh. “Combining Eric’s expertise in business development with his volunteerism in the community and passion for bettering the city makes him an excellent fit for this role.”
As Deputy Commissioner of Business Development, Ennis will provide oversight and supervision for the Business Development and Minority Affairs divisions of NBD. He will also be responsible for working closely with city public authorities such as the Syracuse industrial Development Agency, the Syracuse Local Development Corporation and the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation.
In previous positions, Ennis facilitated the launches of several City of Syracuse initiatives and worked to advance new investments including the Resurgent Neighborhoods Initiative, City Asset Disposition Workgroup, Weekends on Walton Events, Open-C PACE clean energy financing and the Syracuse SYNC shared micro-mobility system.
Beyond his position as Deputy Commissioner of Business Development, Eric also serves as the Executive Director for the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO). In the community, Eric leads Adapt CNY, Inc. as President and is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Syracuse Urban Partnership (SYRUP) and Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC). Ennis received his MPA from Syracuse University in 2014 and two bachelor’s degrees from the University at Buffalo in Environmental Design as well as Social Science Interdisciplinary with a concentration in urban and public policy.