Unfortunately, the shortage of engineers is growing into a huge problem. "There are 140,000 unfilled technical jobs in the United States," Mushow says. "It's expected to get worse. In 15 years there will be two jobs for every candidate. Fewer students are graduating from engineering schools, and nobody's doing anything to offset that.
      "The da Vinci Project is involved in many educational partnerships—local initiatives to encourage kids to pursue math, science, and technical degrees," adds Mushow. "We're starting to grow our own talent. And we're asking New York State to help. This state needs something on a par with the 'I Love New York' tourism promotional campaign to attract more high-tech talent to New York."


      The MDA is also looking at what it will take to keep Central New York well stocked with all levels of jobs-and the people to fill them. A road map for the future is spelled out in Vision 2010, an economic strategy for creating more than 50,000 new jobs for the region. Developed with the Stanford Business Institute, the plan identifies environmental systems and electronic technologies as the areas with the greatest potential for growth. Each is expected to generate 10,000 new jobs by the year 2010.


      In the early 1980s, General Electric engineers Bill Greenway and Joy Montgomery Greenway had job offers from GE plants in 10 cities. From a pool that included Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; and St. Petersburg, Florida, they selected Syracuse. "We both grew up in Syracuse-sized cities," explains Bill, who's from Worcester, Massachusetts. "General Electric had brought a lot of talented young people to Syracuse. The city was safe, we both ski, and we liked the fact that a substantial rural area was close by."
      The Greenways have since settled in Tully, a sleepy village in the heart of Central New York ski country. They have three children, a new home with eight acres of land, plus "deer, foxes, and all manner of wildlife wandering into our yard," Bill reports.
      But there's nothing sleepy about the Greenways's professional lives. Both left GE before GE left Syracuse. Joy is now a plant manager for Carrier Corporation, and Bill is president of InfiMed, which designs and produces digital imaging equipment for medical applications. Since 1987, InfiMed has grown from 12 to 100 employees and has $20 million in annual sales. "Digital technology is rapidly replacing film, so we're in a real growth mode," says Bill. "Our work is really state of the art."
      Bill Greenway likes the sense of community that's building among Syracuse's high-tech companies. "The da Vinci Project (a cooperative high-tech recruitment effort) is a good start," he says. "Improving our cohesiveness will be a big advantage, because our future lies in the knowledge-based, high-tech sector."

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