"In today's global economy a community will fail if it doesn't plan for the future," the MDA's Davis says. "All the Vision 2010 initiatives for developing economic opportunities and generating the proper workforce are being aggressively implemented. This is as good a fluid blueprint for the future as any we've seen in the country."
      Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, a vice president of the MDA and chair of Vision 2010's health care and education services cluster, is optimistic about the city's odds for continued—and expanded—growth. "Syracuse is successfully transforming itself from a rust-belt city with a total reliance on heavy industry to a 21st-century economy with significant strength in engineering and information sciences," Shaw says. "I don't think it has even begun to realize its potential."



      Eve Troncone has the perfect antidote for a gray day in Syracuse: bold splashes of color, liberally applied with a brush. As a painter and interior designer, Troncone uses color to energize home interiors, home furnishings, and her distinctive plaster relief canvasses. Even her suburban home gets frequent makeovers; its current palette is a mix of sunny Mediterranean hues.
      From the time she moved here from New York City, Troncone—who's also a producer, composer, pianist, and vocalist—has been pleasantly surprised by Syracuse's creative energy. "When I was studying telecommunications at Newhouse, creativity was a way of life," she says. "Once I graduated, my creative connections kept growing through my art. You have every arts organization and outlet you could want here; it's just on a smaller scale than in New York."
      Troncone's art includes bold paintings—often of children—plus painted antiques, pottery, and fabric. One of her paintings was licensed to Literacy Volunteers of America and appears on two million bookmarks. Another is installed at the Burnet Park Zoo.
      Troncone recently branched out into interior design. This spring, her work will be featured in Syracuse's annual Parade of Homes. Her dramatic use of color has become her signature. "Where there's color, there's life," she believes. "People respond almost spiritually to color. When the sky is white in Syracuse, it inspires me to paint."
      Troncone plans her creative ventures around the busy schedules of her three children. They live in Manlius, a Syracuse suburb that "feels like one big family, it's so centered around kids," she says. "This is such a safe, wholesome, welcoming place to raise children.
      "When they're grown, I may move out of the suburbs," admits Troncone. Closer to the heart of the city? "No, probably farther out," she says, "where I can have some horses, more land, and more room to create."

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