The Oct. 31 session of Thursday Morning Roundtable will feature Rob Simpson, president and chief executive officer of CenterState CEO. Since 2011, Simpson has served as co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC), a commission responsible for coordinating economic development for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties.  The CNY REDC was awarded the top prize in the state in 2011 and 2012 for the development and implementation of its five-year strategic plan, securing a total of $197.5 million for 147 projects in the region. He has also actively engaged the Brookings Institution to work with the region to develop a Metropolitan Business Plan and a Metropolitan Export Initiative – the region’s most sophisticated planning efforts to date.

In recent years, CEO has received national attention for its innovative, integrated approach to business, economic and community development.

TMR meets from 8:15-9:15 a.m. at Drumlins, 800 Nottingham Rd., Syracuse.

TMR is a community program of University College of Syracuse University. For further information, contact Sandra Barrett, director of community programs, 315- 443-4846, email, or visit  The TMR program is broadcast on WCNY-FM, 91.3 on Sundays at 8 p.m. and at