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Event - September 2019

Are Creative Industries the Future of Middle Class Jobs in NYC?

On October 16, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy forum that explored the growing importance of the creative industries to New York’s economy.

Event - July 2019

Harnessing NYC’s Public Libraries to Support Immigrants

On Thursday, June 13, the Center for an Urban Future hosted a policy forum about how the city's libraries can strengthen and expand their already-significant immigrant-focused initiatives and explored whether libraries are well-positioned to play a stepped-up role in other critical areas, such as ensuring an accurate Census count.

Event - June 2019

Growing & Diversifying Brooklyn’s Innovation Economy

On June 21st, the Center for an Urban Future, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO Improvement District, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and Industry City, held the "Growing & Diversifying Brooklyn's Innovation Economy" forum.

Event - April 2019

Rethinking Public Benefits for the Future of Work

On April 25th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "Rethinking Public Benefits for the Future of Work."

Event - February 2019

Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation

On March 4th, the Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held a forum, "Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation," featuring keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Event - February 2019

Where Do Public Libraries fit in NYC’s Tech Skills-Building Ecosystem?

With Amazon coming to Queens and New York's tech economy booming, demand for homegrown tech talent has never been higher. What more should libraries be doing to introduce young people to computational thinking, build awareness of technology career paths, and help adults acquire the digital skills needed for today’s economy?

Event - September 2018

Preparing NYC for a More Automated Economy

On September 27th, the Center for an Urban Future held a forum, "Preparing NYC for a More Automated Economy," featuring Winston C. Fisher of Fisher Brothers and NYC Regional Economic Development Council; Maria Gotsch of the Partnership Fund for New York City; Molly Kinder of New America; Steven Kuyan of NYU Tandon's Future Labs; Barbara Chang of HERE to HERE; Angie Kamath of CUNY; and Sharon Sewell-Fairman of the Workforce Professionals Training Institute.

Event - February 2017

Driving Innovation: Cities as Models for Urban Policy Change

On February 13, 2017, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner with support from the Citi Foundation hosted a forum to explore a crucial question: With a change of leadership in Washington, will cities be able to maintain—or even accelerate—the pace of progress?

Event - December 2016

Expanding Opportunities in Brooklyn’s Tech and Creative Sectors

Ensuring that more residents benefit from the boom of jobs in Brooklyn’s technology and creative sectors is both a major challenge and vital opportunity for the future of the borough. A CUF symposium brought many promising ideas to light.

Event - June 2016

Video - How can NY State integrate job training into its economic development strategy?

New York State commits nearly $1 billion each year to economic development projects across the state through its 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs). Thus far, however, REDC’s have only made limited investments in job training and workforce development. On June 14, 2016 Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held a policy forum on how New York can strengthen connections between its signature economic development initiative and job training programs.

Event - January 2016

Video - A Door to Opportunity

At a time when the economy is producing few decent-paying jobs for those without a college degree, our January 12, 2016 symposium explored what state policymakers can do to improve the outcomes for community college students throughout New York.

Event - January 2016

VIDEO - Career Pathways, One Year Later

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner convened a forum on realizing the promise of Career Pathways, the city's new approach to workforce development.

Event - October 2015

The Future of the Arts in NYC

On October 14, 2015, the Center for an Urban Future in partnership with the City of New York organized a half-day conference at the Morgan Library and Museum to discuss the future of the arts in New York. In this recap, we share some important take-aways from the discussion and a few ideas that we found particularly compelling and achievable.

Event - March 2015

Video - Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable, a symposium on how wage reporting data can help the state measure the success of its workforce development system.

Event - December 2014

VIDEO - Symposium for Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries

On December 4, 2014, we convened a dynamic conference for rethinking and re-imagining New York City's branch libraries. Organized by the Center for an Urban Future in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York and the Charles H. Revson Foundation, we invited six interdisciplinary teams to present innovative design solutions for the challenges facing branch libraries and curated response panels with key officials from the de Blasio administration and City Council, as well as other distinguished community leaders, developers and policy experts.

Event - October 2014

Video: Strengthening NYC’s Youth Workforce Development System

On October 7, 2014, the Center for an Urban Future and JobsFirstNYC held a solutions-oriented symposium on how to address New York City's youth workforce development system and to discuss specific steps that the de Blasio administration could take to get more young New Yorkers into decent paying careers.

Event - May 2014

Video: Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

At a time when so many of the new jobs being created in today's economy offer low wages and limited opportunity for economic mobility, the Center for an Urban Future's May 16, 2014 symposium explored entrepreneurship as one route for low-income New Yorkers to achieve economic self-sufficiency and potential strategies for city and state government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations to expand the number of low-income entrepreneurs in the five boroughs.

Event - May 2014

Video: State of New York’s Infrastructure

Building on the findings and recommendations of Caution Ahead‒ our report on New York City's aging infrastructure‒ Center for an Urban Future and City & State held a half-day conference on May 15, 2014 to discuss three infrastructure areas vital to our city's future: transportation, buildings and utilities.

Event - February 2014

Video: Taking NYC’s Design Week to the Next Level

Check out the video from our February 12, 2014 forum examining what can be done to improve and build on NYC’s first-ever design week. NYCxDESIGN, which debuted last May, was a big hit. But as New York moves forward with preparations for the second edition of its design festival this spring, a number of distinguished panelists weighed in on how to make it even better.

Event - January 2014

Video: Platforms for Mobility

New York State's 35 community colleges are increasingly vital to the state's economy and more critical than ever to individuals' economic mobility. On January 10, 2014, the Center for an Urban Future held a symposium in Albany that focused on how New York can harness the full potential of its community colleges and what can be done to ensure that more of those who enroll in the state’s community colleges actually graduate.

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