Event - January 2013

Video: Is it Time to Say Goodbye to the GED®?

New York State is on the verge of replacing the familiar GED® with the nation's first alternative high school equivalency exam. Join the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy at a high-profile symposium in Albany to explore the big questions about the Regents' ambitious plan.

Event - March 2012

Video: Improving Employment Outcomes for Young People Aging Out of NYC’s Foster Care System

As many as half of the young people who age out of New York City's foster care system each year fail to obtain and hold onto jobs. This failure to connect—and stay connected—to the world of work is one of the key reasons why an alarmingly high number of former foster youth end up incarcerated, in homeless shelters or on public assistance. This conference aimed to draw attention to this often-neglected issue and spark a broader discussion among policymakers, advocates and stakeholders about the challenges that foster youth in NYC face in accessing jobs after they age out of the system and how to develop achievable policy recommendations to address these problems.

Event - September 2011

Reforming New York’s GED System

While there is widespread support in New York State and City for raising GED pass rates and increasing the number of people who are well-prepared to take the test, the means by which we achieve these improvements is disputed among officials, policymakers, program operators and academics. This panel will bring together leading state and city education officials with policy experts and community-based practitioners to discuss which GED reforms make the most sense and how to achieve them in practice. The panelists will examine which programs are models that could be built upon, anticipated changes to the GED test, whether New York should charge a fee for test takers, the benefits and costs of the official practice test, availability and quality of preparatory instruction, and how to ensure that more GED attainers go on to college.

Event - September 2011

Do You Get What You Pay For? Financial Incentives in Public Policy

During these days of economic distress and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to understand which strategies are most effective in alleviating poverty and improving the lives of low-income people. Please join us for a half-day conference that will discuss one of the most promising—and controversial—antipoverty strategies: financial incentives in health and social policy.

Event - March 2011

Video: Restarting the Economy: Unlocking the Growth Potential of Small Businesses

With so many Americans now unemployed and the economy still struggling to get into a high gear, the country badly needs small businesses to work their magic. Small businesses created roughly two thirds of all new jobs in the United States over the past 15 years, but they are also the nation's turnaround specialists: Small firms almost single handedly sparked the economic recovery during the nation's two previous recessions. But this time, small firms have been struggling, too.

This conference will focus on what the private and public sectors can do to help more of the nation's small businesses expand and create jobsand serve as a catalyst for economic growth. With a panel featuring some of the nation's leading thinkers about strategies for small business growth, the event will discuss everything from how to help more small businesses export their products and services and how to get more small firms to become suppliers to the nation's largest corporations to how to address the financing gaps that inhibit so many small businesses from growing to the next level.

Event - September 2010

Conference - Time to be Creative

On September 20, 2010, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center organized a conference which brought influential leaders from New York City's arts and real estate communities to discuss whether the real estate downturn provides a unique opportunity to address the serious space needs facing New York City artists, arts groups and creative entrepreneurs. Panelists included Seth Pinsky, Mary Ann Tighe, Elizabeth Streb, Sam Miller, Eric Gural, and Rebecca Robertson.

Event - August 2009

New York’’s Human Capital Gaps

This summer, CUF and the Community Service Society held two conferences about the city’s long-term human capital needs: one about the evolving needs of the city’s business community and the other about current skills gaps facing large segments of the city’s population. Speakers included Matthew Goldstein, Seth Pinsky, Herb Pardes, Kathy Wylde, Ester Fuchs, Saru Jayaraman and Lisette Nieves.

Event - July 2009

NYC’s Human Capital Needs

CUNY Chancellor Dr. Matthew Goldstein delivered a major address at this conference, which focused on the current and future human capital needs of New York City's business community. The full transcript of the conference, including Dr. Goldstein's remarks, is now available.

Event - November 2008

Should New York and Other Cities Look to Immigrant Entrepreneurs as a New Engine for Economic Growth

The full transcript from the conference the Center co-sponsored with the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, which examined the impact immigrant entrepreneurs are having, the specific obstacles they face in starting and growing businesses and what policies local and national officials ought to undertake to support this under-appreciated part of the economy.

Event - May 2008

Harnessing Brooklyn’s Creative Capital

The full transcript from the Center and BEDC's March 5 forum which examined the size and scope of the self-employed creative sector in Brooklyn, the unique challenges facing these professionals and public and private sector strategies for supporting this part of the borough's economy. Panelists included Scott Adkins, Pauline Barfield, Sara Horowitz, and Michael Kelly.

Event - November 2007

Developing New York’s New Workforce Conference

The full transcript from the conference the Center co-sponsored with the Business Council of New York State and SCAA, where business leaders, literacy experts and state officials agreed that expanding English-language instruction is increasingly important for the state’s economic competitiveness. Panelists included Manuel Rivera, NYS Deputy Secretary for Education; Kenneth Adams, president/CEO of The Business Council of New York State; and Chung-Wha Hong of The New York Immigration Coalition

Event - April 2006

Transcript of Creative New York Conference

On April 4th, the Center for an Urban Future, the City of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Partnership for New York City co-sponsored Creative New York, a conference at the Museum of Modern Art which brought together more than 200 leaders from New York's creative communities and government to discuss how to keep New York City at the forefront of the world's creative economy.

Event - March 2006

A Future for Working New Yorkers: Ideas for the Next Governor

The full transcript from the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy's March 22nd forum on what state officials can do to restore the prospect of economic advancement for working poor families in New York. Panelists included former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr., Jane Knitzer, Frank Mauro, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and former State Senator John Dunne.

Event - November 2005

The Race for Mayor 2005: Of Politics and Policy

The full transcript from the Center for an Urban Future's October 27, 2005 forum on major policy issues and their role in the 2005 mayoral campaign, co-sponsored with the Center for NYC Affairs and Regional Plan Association. Panelists included Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Clara Hemphill, Evelyn Hernández, Ronnie Lowenstein, Lee Miringoff, Hank Sheinkopf and Bob Yaro, with Andrew White and CUF Director Jonathan Bowles serving as moderators.

Event - November 2005

Restoring Economic Opportunity for New York City’s Working Poor Families

The full transcript from the Center's October 6, 2005 forum on economic advancement for New York's working poor families, co-sponsored with the United Way of NYC. Panelists included Diane Baillargeon, Lois Blades-Rosado, CUF Project Director David Jason Fischer, David Dyssegaard Kallick, and Dale Peterson, with Rae Linefsky serving as moderator.

Event - April 2005

The Boroughs as an Engine for NYC’s Future Economic Growth

This Center for an Urban Future forum, held on April 6, explored the potential for economic growth in New York City's outer boroughs and how decision makers in the private and public sectors could help tap into this potential.

Event - March 2005

Tapping the Economic Vitality of NYC Neighborhoods

The full transcript from the Center's March 17, 2005 forum on how to invigorate neighborhood economies across New York City. Panelists included Comptroller William Thompson, Etu Evans, Lisa Fortunato, Nigel Pearce, and Brian Singer.

Event - March 2005

The Bush Administration and the Future of Small Business Development in New York

The full transcript from the Center's February 15, 2005 forum on the impact of recent cutbacks to federal small business and community development programs in New York. Panelists included Council Member Eric Gioia, Fred Hochberg, Michael Pappas, Madeline Marquez and Fred Teng.

Event - May 2004

Restarting NYC’s Economic Engine: Tapping Economic Potential of the Academic Research Institutions

On April 29, 2004, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles moderated this panel discussion at New School University on how to better leverage the city's research and academic establishments into economic growth.

Event - March 2004

Restarting NYC’s Economic Engine: Tapping the Economic Potential of City’’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs

On March 11, 2004, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles moderated this panel discussion at New School University on the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs for New York City's economy.

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