The IBM team developed a property vacancy prediction model that combines two concepts; the first, a system of systems method, connects stakeholders and data from neighborhood, planning and development, common services, and support services entities. The second element, a predictive situational analysis system, uses a variety of tools including a data clearinghouse, prediction methodologies, cost estimations, decision analysis, event correlation, and a dashboard to facilitate decision-making by the city. The team provided Mayor Miner with a roadmap to implement this model, which aims to move Syracuse towards data-driven, holistic, and proactive interventions that prevent and reverse neighborhood decline.
Stephanie Miner was elected Mayor of Syracuse in November 2009. She became the first woman elected Mayor of any of the "Big 5" cities in New York State. Prior to being elected Mayor, Stephanie Miner served eight years as a Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large. She has also served as a labor lawyer representing unions and employees, and on the staffs of New York Governor Mario Cuomo and the Geraldine Ferraro for U.S. Senate campaign.