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impact - April 2013

CUF Report About NYC’s Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new proposal to harness the incredible power of New York City's branch libraries. The proposal was sparked by our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity report about the increasingly important role that the city's public libraries are playing in communities around the five boroughs.

impact - March 2013

CUF Influences New York’s First-in-the-Nation Move to Abandon the GED®

The NYS Education Department became the first state in the nation to drop the GED® following Center efforts to explore alternative high school equivalency providers.

impact - February 2013

CEO Adopts CUF Recommendations to Help Young Adults Overcome Barriers to Employment

In May 2012, the Center published Now Hiring, a report which identified more than two dozen occupations that offer good career prospects for young adults without a college degree. However, the report also found that there are serious obstacles standing in the way. We are pleased to report that two of our report's recommendations meant to address these barriers are being implemented by the city.

impact - January 2013

Brooklyn Designs Returns in May 2013

One of the recommendations we made in our 2011 Growth by Design report was that city and state officials should bring back Brooklyn Designs, the annual exhibition for Brooklyn-based designers that was discontinued in 2011 after nearly a decade in operation. We are pleased to report that Brooklyn Designs is returning to DUMBO this May.

impact - December 2012

CUF Study Influenced New Report by Manhattan Borough President on NYC’s Tech Sector

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer published a major new report on the future of the city’s entrepreneurial economy with recommendations echoing policy prescriptions from our New Tech City report.

impact - December 2012

CUF Editorial Influences the State Education Department to Reassess the GED®

Following our recommendations in a July 2012 Times Union editorial regarding the GED® Testing Service doubling the cost of the GED, the State Education Department is exploring alternative high school equivalency exams.

impact - November 2012

CUF Report on Joblessness Among Foster Youth Inspires Action in 2012 at ACS and DYCD

In Fostering Careers, a September 2011 report, we highlighted the staggering number of young people who failed to secure jobs after aging out the New York City's foster care system. Following our recommendations, the Administration of Children’s Services has built stronger ties to the Department of Education and the Summer Youth Employment Program has made a more concerted effort to target foster youth.

impact - September 2012

Senator Schumer Cites CUF’s Tech Report in Addressing Visa Problems

Our May 2012 New Tech City identified the lack of engineers and programmers as the single biggest threat to the future growth of New York City’s tech sector and called on policymakers to reform immigration laws that currently prohibit tech companies from hiring talented tech workers from abroad. Last week, Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced legislation that would do just this, citing the Center’s report as proof of the need for his proposed visa reforms.

impact - August 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Technology Toolkit for Small Businesses

Just over a week after our Smarter Small Businesses report demonstrated the need to help more of the city's small businesses integrate technology into their daily operations, Mayor Bloomberg launched a set of free tools to help small businesses in New York City use digital technologies and social media to grow their businesses and create jobs.

impact - June 2012

CUF Report Leads to NYC Council Hearing About Transit Gaps Outside of Manhattan

On Tuesday, the New York City Council’s Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “Keeping Up with the Boroughs—Addressing Public Transit Needs Outside Manhattan,” that was prompted by the Center’s 2011 Behind the Curb report.

impact - June 2012

CUF Influences City’s New Broadband Plan

Last month, the Center published New Tech City, a report which documented the spectacular rise of New York City's tech sector over the past few years but highlighted a handful of challenges that could inhibit the continued growth of this part of the city's economy. The report cited inadequate broadband connectivity as the second biggest threat facing New York’s tech sector. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a package of proposals to expand broadband connectivity in New York as a way of bolstering the city’s tech sector.

impact - February 2012

Speaker Quinn’s Plan to Grow NYC’s Design Sector

Today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn ran with the ideas in our Growth by Design report in a big way, announcing a major new city initiative to support the growth of the city's design sector. She gave an especially big boost to one of our recommendations: to "establish a high-profile design festival to promote NYC's designers."

impact - January 2012

Mayor’s State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Community Colleges

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg delivered his State of the City speech. We are heartened that some of the new policy proposals outlined in the mayor's speech—from expanding the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools to creating permanent rehearsal and studio spaces for the arts—were greatly influenced by our reports.

impact - January 2012

Mayor’s State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Permanent Spaces for the Arts

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg delivered his State of the City speech. We are heartened that some of the new policy proposals outlined in the mayor's speech—from expanding the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools to creating permanent rehearsal and studio spaces for the arts—were greatly influenced by our reports.

impact - January 2012

Mayor’s State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: CTE Schools

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg delivered his State of the City speech. We are heartened that some of the new policy proposals outlined in the mayor's speech—from expanding the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools to creating permanent rehearsal and studio spaces for the arts—were greatly influenced by our reports.

impact - June 2011

New City Initiatives to Retain Industrial Jobs Echo CUF Recommendations

Several of our ideas influenced a package of 22 proposals to strengthen the city's industrial sector that was announced this week by Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

impact - May 2011

Restoring Funds for Child Care

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he was restoring $40 million in proposed cuts to child care programs. The Mayor's action comes on the heels of our February 2011 policy brief Subsidizing Care, Supporting Work.

impact - May 2011

Bring Stanford to NYC?

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that the city had received 18 responses to its Request for Expressions of Interest seeking academic institutions to develop an applied science and engineering research campus in New York City, with proposals coming from Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon and many other institutions from around the world. The city's idea for attracting a new engineering campus was greatly influenced by our 2009 Building New York City's Innovation Economy report.

impact - March 2011

Mayor runs with CUF recommendations to support immigrant entrepreneurs

Today, the Mayor announced three new steps to make it easier for immigrant-owned businesses to start and grow in New York City. All three mayoral initiatives were heavily influenced by the Center.

impact - January 2011

State Adopts CUF Recommendation For Improving Community Colleges

At a New York State Assembly hearing in mid-December on strengthening student success in higher education, CUF senior fellow Thomas Hilliard testified that "the state should overhaul the base funding model for community colleges to reflect state policy goals. Roughly one month later, state leaders have already moved in this direction.

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