The TNGO Leadership Institute will take place in Syracuse, NY, USA. Syracuse is located in upstate New York and is 253 miles or 407 km away from New York City. The closest airport to Syracuse is the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. For participants flying in internationally, there are several flights/buses/trains available to Syracuse from airports such as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), among others. Please be sure to book these connections ahead of time. 


Map of the east coast of the United States denoting proximity to Syracuse, NY Syracuse, established in 1848, is a medium-sized city located in the geographic center of New York State covering 25.6 square miles (66.4km2) with approximately 147,000 people. It is the county seat of Onondaga County and the economical and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants. New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, as well as Montreal and Toronto in Canada are all between 200 to 300 miles (1 mile = 1.6km) away (a driving distance of about 4 to 5 hours).

Syracuse was named after the original Syracuse, a city on the eastern coast of Sicily, Italy, with which it shares some similarities, including a formerly-important salt industry and a neighboring town of Salina. The city has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals, then of the railway network. Today, Syracuse is located by the intersection of Upstate New York's two major interstate highways, and its airport is the largest in the region. Internationally, the city today is best known as the home of Syracuse University.

Destination Highlights 

Upstate New York State is home to Syracuse University as well as many other colleges and universities. The region is also filled with rich history:

  • Syracuse, in the heart of Upstate New York, historically has been part of the cradle for a number of civil rights movements in the US, such as the fight for abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the women’s voting rights movement in the early 20th century, etc.
  • Syracuse is the global capital for adult literacy promotion and advocacy: Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) and Laubach International, two of the largest adult literacy NGOs, were founded in Syracuse and merged in 2002 to form Proliteracy - helping thousands of low literacy level adults worldwide read and write, and thus empowering them to contribute to their communities.
  • National Geographic's Green Guide named Syracuse "One of America's Top 20 Green Cities"
  • The Erie Canal in its century long existence, contributed significantly to the growth of Syracuse

Driving distance from Syracuse

  • Albany, NY: 136 mi./219 km
  • Boston, MA: 299 mi./481 km
  • Chicago, IL: 665 mi./1,070 km
  • New York City, NY: 253 mi./407 km
  • Niagara Falls, NY: 253 mi./407 km
  • Toronto, ON: 248 mi./399 km
  • Washington, D.C: 350 mi./563 km

Syracuse Climate

Syracuse city skylineThe average temperature data for this period in Syracuse indicates a high of about 75˚ F (23˚C), lows of about 51˚F (11˚C) and generally sunny weather. As optimists, we will all hope that this is the reality we will experience – as a point of information, however, it can be quite hot during this period, and rainy, and, yes, it has gotten chilly as well. The interior spaces will certainly be air-conditioned and those who are not used to this may feel cold. Please make sure to include appropriate clothing to ensure your comfort. We will send you an update on the weather close to the time of your travel should we note any extremes.

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Financial Information

Upon your arrival into Syracuse, via Hancock International Airport, there is no money changing facility. Local banks do, however, maintain international currency facilities.

There are a few banks and several ATM locations around Syracuse University's campus. In addition to the one located at the Schine Student Center there are several located near Marshall Street, just a short walk from campus.


Please note that when making your travel arrangements, your final destination should be Syracuse (Hancock Airport), New York (note that we are 407 km/253 mi away from New York City). Please alert us to any visa needs as soon as you are accepted into the program; note that for most people, a Business Visa (B1 Visa) suffices to attend this one week program. We will provide you with an invitation letter to apply for such a B1 Visa upon your request – please carefully check the deadlines for requesting such a visa, plan conservatively and allow us 3 business days at least to provide you with such a letter.

Travel to and from Hancock Airport to the Genesee Grande Hotel

Travel from Hancock Airport to the Genesee Grande Hotel

There currently is construction at the Syracuse Hancock Airport, this should not affect your travel plans. There are two options for transportation from the airport to the Genesee Grande Hotel. 

Option 1: Genesee Grande Hotel Shuttle

Once arrived at the airport call the front desk of the Genesee Grande Hotel at 315.476.4212 to request the complementary shuttle service. Unfortunately, this cannot be arranged in advance and is subject to the shuttle’s availability and hours. Due to the construction, you must indicate your arrival airline and proceed to the corresponding taxi shelter for pick up. The left taxi shelter services US Air, Jet Blue, Air Canada, American, and Allegiant, and the right services Delta and United Airlines.

Option 2: Ride-Sharing (Lyft or Uber)

Currently, Lyft and Uber are ride sharing platforms endorsed by Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport. Pickups for Lyft and Uber are located at the overflow parking lot, located outside of the Terminal B baggage claim on the first floor. The address of your destination is 1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, New York 13210, US.  Ride-sharing options require the use of their respective apps.

Travel from the Genesee Grande Hotel to Hancock Airport

Option 1: The Genesee Grande Hotel Complimentary Airport Transportation

The Genesee Grand Hotel offers complimentary airport transportation from the hotel to the Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport. Check with the hotel front desk to schedule a ride.

Option 3: Syracuse Regional Taxi

You can schedule a pick up from the Genesee Grande Hotel through Syracuse Regional Taxi. You can schedule a pick up either through their website at http://www.syracusetaxi.com/reservations.aspx or by calling the number (315) 437-5555. From there all you need to do is tell them the location of the pick-up, and the date and time at which you want to be picked up. The for the location you can either enter in the Genesee Grande Hotel or the address, which is 1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, New York 13210, US.

Option2: Ride-sharing (Lyft or Uber)

Uber and Lyft can be requested via their apps to Genesee Grande Hotel which will take you to Hancock Airport. The address of the airport is 1000 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13212.


During the program, participants will be residing at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13210, which is only a few minutes away from the Program venue. 

* Please note that the program fees do not include accommodation for participants. The TNGO Initiative will help reserve a hotel room for each participant base on each participant’s itinerary. Upon arrival in Syracuse, NY, each participant will pay for their own hotel booking at the Genesee Grande Hotel via credit card. If using a credit card in the U.S. could be a problem, please indicate via the leadershipinstitue@maxwell.syr.edu.

* Program Venues: The Leadership Institute is scheduled to take place in a number of stimulating settings. These venues include the prestigious Maxwell School at Syracuse University and nearby towns such as Skaneateles or Cazenovia.

* Meals and expenses: Lunches and some dinners are included in the program fee, with the exception of two evenings when participants are free to make their own arrangements to explore some of Syracuse’s many fine restaurants on their own or in groups. We will be happy to assist you with making reservations for these evenings if you decide to go as a larger group. Breakfast will be available to participants at the hotel each morning at an additional cost to the participant. Please also note that you are responsible for covering incidental local expenses such as the use of a mini bar, telephone, laundry service, etc.

Getting Around Syracuse

Fall treesCENTRO Carousel Center Shuttle A free shuttle service is available to Carousel Center, Syracuse’s premier shopping center, with more than 170 stores, a 15-screen Cineplex, and a variety of restaurants. The Shuttle runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, and is available for boarding at College Place, Archbold, ESF, and Brewster/Boland bus stops.

Connective Corridor www.connectivecorridor.syr.edu
The Connective Corridor is a community-wide project to link the neighborhoods, cultural venues, and businesses in the City of Syracuse. The corridor encompasses the University community, area museums, theaters and galleries, and Armory Square – a vibrant section of the city known for its eclectic nightlife and retail establishments.  The Connective Corridor shuttle bus is a free service for the public operating during Syracuse University’s academic terms. It travels from the University to the Delevan Art Gallery on the city’s Near West Side, stopping at marked Centro bus stops along its routes. The bus provides convenient access to the arts and cultural venues on the Connective Corridor, including on-campus stops at Syracuse University. For more information and a schedule visit the website above.


4SU Taxi: 315-478-8294

USA Taxi: 315-471-7272

AAA University Taxi:  315.433.1000

*note, all Taxis only travel certain distances

Getting to Syracuse - by air 

Syracuse University quad view from aboveSyracuse Hancock International Airport
1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 454-3263

Parking in the open lot are $6.50 per day (6-24 hours) and $8.00 per day (12-24 hours). Allright Parking Syracuse, Inc., manages the parking facilities at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (315) 455-2337.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is easily accessible from Interstate 81 and Interstate 90 (the New York State Thruway.) From Route 81, follow signs to Exit 27. There is direct access to Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard, which is the main entrance road to the Airport. From Interstate 90, follow signs for Exit 36 to Interstate 81 North, then Exit 27.

No currency exchange at the airport

Key Bank has an ATM located in the main lobby area across from the Car Rental Counters, next to the International Airport Barber Shop. Partners and Trust Bank has ATMs located on the second level outside each security checkpoint.