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

Event - September 2019

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

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

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“Are Creative Industries the Future of Middle Class Jobs in NYC?”
A Center for an Urban Future Policy Symposium

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

@ The New School, Starr Foundation Hall (lower level)
63 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

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Creative industries such as advertising, film, and design have been among the fastest growing segments of New York City’s economy in recent years. Overall, the creative sector now employs more than 300,000 people across the five boroughs, with a large share of these positions paying middle income wages. But will New York be able to sustain this growth in the years ahead as other cities make major new investments to develop their own creative economies? What should city economic development officials do to support the continued growth of middle class jobs in the creative industries? And what can city policymakers do to ensure that more New Yorkers from lower income backgrounds are able to access well-paying jobs in the creative sector? 

This forum will explore the growing importance of the creative industries to New York’s economy, identify barriers to the sector’s future growth, examine what policymakers can do to strengthen the city's creative economy, and discuss how to expand access to the good jobs in the city’s creative industries. 

The symposium will include a panel discussion featuring:

  • Anne del Castillo, Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab 
  • Andrew Essex, Founder of Plan_A; former CEO, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Winston C. Fisher, CEO, AREA15; Partner, Fisher Brothers
  • Alain Sylvain, Founder & CEO, Sylvain Labs


Attendance is free, but space is very limited. RSVP is required via this link.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

Schedule

8:00       Registration + Breakfast
8:30       Welcome + Introductory Remarks 
8:45       Panel Discussion + Audience Q&A
10:30     Closing


This symposium is part of the Center for an Urban Future’s Middle Class Jobs Project, a research initiative made possible by Fisher Brothers and Winston C. Fisher. The Center for an Urban Future receives general operating support from The Clark Foundation and the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation. We are also grateful for support from a number of other philanthropic funders.

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