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Report - December 2020

A Green Public Works Program for NYC: 40 Ideas from Experts

To understand how New York might take advantage of federal investment to create jobs and help the city mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, CUF asked city leaders in coastal resilience, environmental justice, urban agriculture, renewable energy, and more for sustainability and resiliency project ideas.

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Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2020

Op-Ed: Making the gig economy work for New Yorkers

In this Times Union op-ed, CUF Editorial and Policy Director Eli Dvorkin and Winston C. Fisher argue that New York’s leaders should bring together workers and industry to establish a bold plan to ensure that independent workers in all sectors can access universal, portable benefits, gaining financial security without losing flexible work.

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Report - November 2020

CUNY’s Key Role in Expanding Access to Tech Careers

Part of our ongoing research on how to create a more inclusive economy in NYC, this data brief shows that CUNY has made crucial progress in producing STEM grads. Tapping this talent pool, and making further gains in the years ahead, will be key to closing the opportunity gap for tech careers.

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Event - November 2020

Encouraging and Supporting Low-Income Entrepreneurship in Manhattan

On November 18h, CUF held a virtual policy forum that explored the opportunity to increase the number of low-income entrepreneurs in Manhattan as a way to help those hardest hit by the pandemic to boost incomes and generate wealth.

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Event - October 2020

9 ideas for building an opportunity agenda in New York

On October 27th, CUF held a virtual policy forum to explore concrete steps to create a bold new opportunity agenda. Nine policy ideas came out of the discussion, some of which will need federal action but others where New York policymakers can take the lead.

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Report - October 2020

Surviving the Winter: Helping NYC’s Small Businesses in the Months Ahead

Open streets and outdoor dining gave the city's small firms a lifeline, but with just a few weeks left until winter, it's time for the city and state to step in with new set of creative solutions to give shops and restaurants a crucial boost. CUF asked over twenty city leaders and experts for ideas and insights on how policymakers can help sustain restaurants and other small businesses through the colder months.

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