In his February 2010 State of the Borough Speech, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer singled out CUF's 2009 report, "Building New York City's Innovation Economy" while outlining a plan to diversify the city's economy and spark new job growth in the tech sector.
Over the past four years, CUF has repeatedly argued that limited English skills among the city's immigrant workforce are both a barrier for countless New Yorkers to advance in their careers and a constraint on New York's economic competitiveness. In his State of the City Speech last week, Mayor Bloomberg forcefully embraced many of our findings and recommendations.
In 2006, the Center published "Rethinking New York's Street Fairs," a report which urged the city to make major changes to street fairs held in the five boroughs. Last week, the Bloomberg administration embraced a major recommendation.
The Center's Building New York City's Innovation Economy report found that while New York is home to several of the world's leading scientific research institutions, these universities and research centers have not become powerful catalysts for entrepreneurship and local economic development the way similar institutions have in several other regions. A state task force created by Governor Paterson and chaired by Cornell president David Skorton reached many of the same conclusions and embraced several of the report's recommendations.
A key recommendation from our Reviving the City of Aspiration report was that "city and state officials must embrace community colleges as engines of mobility and dedicate the resources necessary to strengthen these institutions and ensure that a greater number of middle class, poor and working poor New Yorkers can attend these schools and complete their degrees." City officials are now running with our suggestion.