In an essay in Forbes Magazine, entrepreneurship expert and Syracuse native Carl Schramm knocks his hometown for forgetting its innovative roots and potentially dooming its future.
Schramm is the former president of the Kauffman Foundation, an organization that supports entrepreneurship. He returned to Syracuse in the fall to become a University Professor at Syracuse University. The Innovation Trail spoke with him in September.
Schramm writes in the article that up until the Great Depression, Syracuse could lay claim to being one of the most highly educated, healthiest, wealthiest and most innovative cities in the country. Its "civic distinctions" today - like its high poverty rate, low tax base and poor high school graduation rate - are "embarrassing," Schramm says.