The Sesame Network is an international organization founded in 1992 whose main purpose
is to promote economic and cultural cooperation among member cities around the world.
There are currently 14 members in the SESAME network representing 12 countries and 5
continents. Syracuse was accepted for membership in 1998 and the only member representing
the United States besides Lafayette, Louisiana.
Network was created to develop economic, business, and institutional partnership
between member towns, their businesses, and communities. The principle
method to promote business opportunities and technology transfers between
companies is via the International Business Exchange (IBE). This annual
three-day event visits one of the member cities from around the world
and gives companies the opportunity to develop international business
Says David Duerr, Interim President of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of
Commerce, "The IBE represents an efficient method of making internationally
contacts to compete more globally. Expanding world markets open up new
opportunities and it is an area that we must be involved in if we are
going to maintain the momentum of economic expansion".
The U.S. Department of Commerce has reported that total exports for the Syracuse MSA
are approaching $2 billion annually, making our city 64th in the nation. The Commerce
Department has also stated that every $1 billion in exports represents 16,500 jobs.
If you would like more information on the Sesame Network or would like information
on how your company can get involved in the International Business Exchange, contact
Gregory Hitchin in Business Development Manager for Onondaga County, at (315) 435-3770.