impact - June 2021

CUF forum series helps spark Queens Public Library business incubator program

The new initiative will connect aspiring entrepreneurs with small business experts, drawing on insights from CUF's five-part series on encouraging and supporting low-income entrepreneurship.

impact - April 2021

CUF research influences state budget allocations

New York State’s FY22 budget includes relief for artists and immigrant workers, plus new funding for community colleges, mirroring recommendations from recent CUF reports.

impact - April 2021

City restores Indirect Costs Rate initiative for human services organizations, echoing a CUF rec

New York City will invest $120 million over two years to stabilize nonprofit providers, reflecting a key recommendation from CUF's April 2021 report, New York's Safety Net in Jeopardy.

impact - July 2020

CUF inspires pilot program to open up streets and public spaces for outdoor commerce

Staten Island Economic Development Corporation piloted a new program this past weekend that closed down a busy street in the New Dorp Lane District to allow for outside dining and outdoor shopping, inspired by recent CUF recommendations.

impact - February 2020

CUF Report Sparks New Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Women 50+

NYC's Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Small Business Services have launched a new bootcamp for women entrepreneurs over 50, closely following recommendations from CUF reports in 2018 and 2016 calling on the city to support older women entrepreneurs and the growth of women-owned businesses.

impact - February 2020

CUF Research Influences Legislation to Enroll More Older Adults in Food Assistance

The New York City Council passed legislation to ensure more eligible older adults are enrolled in federal food assistance, following a key recommendation from CUF's policy blueprint for expanding and improving older adult services.

impact - February 2020

CUF Research Inspires Legislation to Increase Transparency in Capital Construction Projects

New City Council legislation creates a task force to implement and manage a citywide capital projects tracking system, building on key recommendations from CUF's 2017 report, Slow Build.

impact - February 2020

CUF influences Governor Cuomo’s 2020 agenda

During his 2020 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced record funding and a new initiative aimed at promoting upskilling and developing industry-recognized credentials. These actions are sparked in part by CUF’s ongoing research on the future of work, including our 2018 report, State of Work: The Coming Impact of Automation on New York

impact - August 2019

State Creates Fund to Diversify film and TV Industries, Echoing CUF’s Recommendations

A first-of-its-kind fund will provide workforce development opportunities to New Yorkers from all backgrounds to prepare for jobs in the fast-growing entertainment fields. The new fund builds on CUF's 2015 research on the demographics of New York City's creative sector which showed that just 29 percent of New Yorkers employed in creative occupations were non-white.

impact - June 2019

CUF research influences city’s 2020 budget to support libraries and older adults

The city's FY 2020 budget includes new resources for New York City’s public libraries and added support for the city’s rapidly growing population of older adults. CUF has elevated the importance of this funding through our extensive research and advocacy around both issue areas.

impact - June 2019

CUF Research Sparks $43 Million in New Funding for City Parks

The FY 2020 final budget includes $43 million in new funding for parks maintenance and staffing needs⁠—the largest single-year increase in parks funding to date⁠. This allocation closely mirrors the recommendations from our report on parks, A New Leaf: Revitalizing New York City's Aging Parks Infrastructure.

impact - May 2019

CUF Research Influences Legislation to Support Older Entrepreneurs

CUF's September 2018 report showing that a growing number of New Yorkers over 50 are quietly but purposefully turning to entrepreneurship sparked the creation of new legislation aimed at supporting this population.

impact - February 2019

CUF Research Leads to Plan to Hold For-Profit Schools More Accountable Statewide

During his 2019 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced several proposals to hold for-profit schools more accountable, sparked in part by CUF’s research, including the 2018 policy briefs Keeping New York's For-Profit Colleges on Track and Deeper in Debt: For-Profit Schools Driving Student Loan Default in New York.

impact - January 2019

CUF Report Inspires Capital Construction Process Reform in NYC

New York City's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announces a major plan to overhaul the city’s capital construction process, mirroring key recommendations from CUF's 2017 Slow Build report.

impact - January 2019

CUF Research Sparks Plan to Expand Apprenticeship Programs in New York State

During his 2019 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced a new initiative to expand apprenticeships statewide, including several key recommendations drawn directly from CUF’s 2018 report on The Promise of Apprenticeships in New York.

impact - November 2018

CUF Recommendation Leads to Expanded Free WiFi at New York Airports

The Port Authority’s plan to expand free public WiFi at New York’s airports follows a key recommendation from CUF’s research on growing and sustaining New York’s tourism industry.

impact - June 2018

CUF Shapes State College Success Proposal

The New York State Senate introduces a bill to boost funding for the state’s most effective college completion initiative, CUNY ASAP, following the recommendations in CUF's recently published report.

impact - April 2018

CUF Report Leads to MTA’s New Bus Improvement Plan

The MTA's launches a comprehensive plan to improve all 300 bus routes follows the recommendation of CUF's recently published report.

impact - March 2018

CUF Inspires “Government x Design” Contracting Program

The de Blasio administration's Government by Design initiative encourages city agencies to seek the expertise of New York's tremendous design industry in large part by making it easier for those designers to bid on city jobs. The Center proposed a similar idea in a 2011 report.

impact - August 2017

CUF Influences de Blasio Administration’s CreateNYC Plan

The de Blasio administration’s CreateNYC plan follows several of CUF’s recommendations from its longstanding research on New York City’s creative economy.

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