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It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants.Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex.General Electric had its main television manufacturing plant at Electronics Parkway in Syracuse.The manufacturing industry in Syracuse began to falter in the 1970s.Syracuse was named after the original Greek city Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.The city has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals, then of the railway network.The city has many neighborhoods which were originally various villages that joined the city over the years.
The salt industry declined after the Civil War, but a new manufacturing industry arose in its place.
Today, Syracuse is located at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 90, and its airport is the largest in the region.
Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, a major research university, as well as Le Moyne College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college. The Syracuse area was first seen by Europeans when French missionaries came to the area in the 1600s.
General Electric moved its television manufacturing operations to Suffolk, Virginia, and later to Asia.
The Carrier Corporation moved its headquarters out of Syracuse, relocated its manufacturing operations out of state, and outsourced some of its production to Asian facilities.