The city of Syracuse is partnering with Microsoft and Syracuse University to improve the quality of life for residents. The company has selected the city to host its first "Smart Cities" technology hub in the northeast.
Students at Syracuse University's iSchool will use Microsoft's software platforms to analyze real data from city services like streetlights, trash pickup and snow plowing. Ultimately, their findings can help make those services better.
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says this will eventually grow jobs and entice companies coming to the county.
"Seeing job creation like we haven't seen since 1990 and we're seeing population trends finally breaking our way to the positive not stagnant. And we're seeing companies that are here reinvesting and doubling down like JMA and like Bakers health group," said McMahon.
The addition of Microsoft to the city is expected to entice more companies to come to the city and eventually growing job opportunities.