impact - January 2023CUF Inspires Mayor’s Proposals in State of the City Address
Mayor Adams delivered his second State of the City address and announced three key proposals to help New Yorkers get ahead that were directly inspired by the Center for an Urban Future’s recent research and policy recommendations, including launching an Apprenticeship Accelerator, expanding CUNY 2X Tech, and connecting New Yorkers with disabilities to jobs.
impact - October 2022NYC invests in teen library spaces, echoing CUF’s recommendations
Mayor Adams announced a $15-million investment in dedicated teen spaces and programs across New York City’s public libraries, reflecting key recommendations from CUF's history of research on libraries.
impact - September 2022CUF report influences City Council bill to create Small Business Digitization Team
Council Member Julie Menin introduced a bill to establish an Office of Small Business Digitalization to help many more small businesses in the city get online. This initiative follows CUF's event on how to help more minority-owned businesses get online and our report No Small Relief, which included recommendations for city leaders to help small businesses adapt to the digital world.
impact - September 2022CUF sparks new city initiative to re-enroll working age students at CUNY
The newly launched CUNY Reconnect initiative was directly inspired by a January 2022 CUF report, which urged city officials to help re-enroll adult New Yorkers who earned some college credits but left school before completing a degree.
impact - August 2022CUF spurs TAP expansion for part-time students
Governor Hochul announced a $150 million initiative to expand the state tuition assistance program (TAP) to part-time CUNY and SUNY students. For nearly a decade now, CUF has urged state policymakers to make part-time students eligible for the state’s main tuition assistance program.
impact - August 2022CUF shapes a major city budget increase for public libraries
The city announced a major $20 million dollar increase for its public libraries for the 2023 fiscal year. This budget win comes after CUF has consistently called for increased funding for libraries, proven to be the most democratic and versatile type of social infrastructure in New York City, yet one of the most underfunded.
impact - March 2022CUF report directly inspires major proposal by Council Speaker
CUF's research inspired a major new policy proposal from City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams that will help thousands of working-age New Yorkers who have some college credits but no degree to return to CUNY and complete a credential.
impact - March 2022CUF shapes Mayor Adams’s economic recovery blueprint
Mayor Eric Adams released “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery,” which outlines the mayor’s vision for an economic recovery focused on equity and economic mobility. Several of the mayor’s proposals align with recent research and recommendations from the Center for an Urban Future.
impact - March 2022CUF report influences Robin Hood/LaGuardia Community College program to reengage adult learners
LaGuardia Community College and Robin Hood launched a new initiative to encourage working-age New Yorkers with some college but no degree to complete a credential, reflecting CUF’s January 2022 report Reengaging Adult Learners to Complete College Degrees.
impact - February 2022State Increases Investment in CDFIs, Echoing CUF’s Recommendation
New York State will allocate $150 million to CDFIs to boost immigrant- and minority-owned businesses, reflecting a key recommendation from CUF's December 2021 report, No Small Relief: Strengthening NYC’s Most Vulnerable Small Businesses.
impact - June 2021CUF 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 2021CUF 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 2021City 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 2020CUF 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 2020CUF 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 2020CUF 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 2020CUF 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 2020CUF 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 2019State 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 2019CUF 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.