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Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2021

Eight Ideas to Drive New York’s Economic Recovery Now

In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher urge current and soon-to-be elected city leaders to take swift action on eight ideas that would help create jobs right now and lay the foundation for a stronger and more inclusive economy over the long run.

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Report - July 2021

RE:NEW YORK CITY

250 Ideas from New Yorkers to Revive NYC's Economy, Spark Good Jobs, and Build a More Equitable City

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Report - July 2021

Creative Comeback: Surveying NYC’s Cultural Ecosystem in the Wake of COVID-19

Drawing from a survey of 643 community-based arts organizations conducted by Americans for the Arts, this report offers new insights into the severe damage done by the pandemic to the city’s arts ecosystem. Despite the remarkable resilience of artists and organizations, city leaders, including the next mayor, will have to take further action to stabilize the city’s cultural ecosystem and strengthen it in the future.

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Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2021

Upward mobility starts underground: Give community college students free MetroCards

In this New York Daily News op-ed, CUF's Jonathan Bowles urges the city to eliminate CUNY students' transportation costs as a way to help more students remain on the path to a college credential.

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Report - June 2021

VIDEO - Opportunity Costs: Affording the True Costs of College in NYC

Thousands of NYC community college students drop out each year. A leading cause? Their struggle to afford a MetroCard, textbooks, technology, broadband, and other expenses beyond tuition. Check out CUF’s new report video to hear from students themselves and explore solutions to tackle these non-tuition financial barriers.

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Report - June 2021

Opportunity Costs: Affording the True Costs of College in NYC

Each year, thousands of CUNY community college students drop out without a degree. To help many more New Yorkers earn a college credential and access quality jobs, city and state leaders should focus on helping students overcome nontuition expenses like MetroCards, textbooks, technology, and childcare that add thousands to the cost of college and are a key factor in persistently low graduation rates.

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