At a press conference taking place this morning, JPMorgan Chase officially announced that Syracuse is one of only five cities in the nation to receive a $3 million grant over three years through its AdvancingCities program.

Le Moyne is one of the key partners who will benefit from the grant, which is part of JPMorgan’s initiative to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity in cities.

The city was awarded the grant to help with Syracuse Surge, which will develop long-term strategies to surface talent from vulnerable populations and connect them to jobs in high-tech industries. The other cities receiving the grant are Louisville, Chicago, Miami and San Diego. Read more on how Syracuse will benefit in this story on syracuse.com and one on UrbanCNY.com.

A portion of the grant - $400,000 over three years – will be available to Le Moyne for work related to the College’s ERIE 21 initiative. This will be used to expand Le Moyne’s Quantitative Thinking Village. This program, which was run as a pilot last summer, saw several dozen middle school students from the Syracuse City School District come to campus for a week-long residential camp that introduced them to coding skills and data analytics.

“In addition to the tremendous impact that the AdvancingCities Grant will have on furthering the lofty goals of Syracuse Surge, while simultaneously catapulting our city to an elite status among 'smart cities'nationwide, it will also enable Le Moyne to play a critical supporting role in this exciting chapter in Syracuse’s history,” said President Linda LeMura. In photo above, she is shown speaking at the event with several of the community partners and stakeholders listening to her remarks.