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Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2018

Op-Ed: NYC Tourism Industry Deserves Credit For Major Job Growth

Over the past two decades, tourism in New York City has swelled from 33 million to nearly 63 million annual visitors. The city should make concrete efforts that recognize tourism’s role in the region’s economy, and plan to sustain it.

Report - May 2018

Destination New York

Over the past two decades, tourism to New York City has swelled from 33 million to nearly 63 million annual visitors, with powerful ripples throughout the city’s economy. Once just one sector among many, tourism has risen to become one of the top four employment drivers in the city. But the city needs to plan ahead to sustain the current level of tourism and the jobs it has created.

Report - May 2018

New York By Design

As NYCxDESIGN kicks off, new data shows New York City leading the way in architecture and design jobs. One in two of the architecture and design jobs gained nationwide is in the five boroughs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2018

Op-Ed: Protecting New York State’s For-Profit College Students

Far too many graduates of New York State’s for-profit colleges end up stuck in low-wage jobs and saddled with debt that they can't afford, while taxpayers are left footing the bill. The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have the power to change this by implementing statewide standards to ensure that crucial investments in higher education result in real economic mobility for students.

Report - April 2018

Keeping New York’s For-Profit Colleges on Track

Far too many graduates of New York State’s for-profit colleges end up stuck in low-wage jobs and saddled with debt that they can't afford. The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have the power to change this by implementing statewide standards to ensure that crucial investments in higher education result in real economic gains for all students.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2018

From Dream Machine to Job Machine: Expanding Academic Certificates at CUNY’s Community Colleges

CUNY's innovative college success programs are helping more students earn a degree—and with it, a shot at economic opportunity. But when nearly 80 percent of students at CUNY community colleges fail to earn an associate’s degree in three years, it's time to consider additional options. Expanding academic certificate programs should be part of the solution.

Report - March 2018

Opportunity Knocks: Boosting State Investment in New York’s Workforce Development System

Governor Cuomo has proposed to invest $175 million in workforce training initiatives. It is vital that policymakers fully support this new statewide investment, and to ensure that these investments are as far-reaching and effective as possible, the study proposes including an increase in resources for adult basic education, ramped-up bridge programs, and accountability through better data.

Commentary/Op-EdTestimony - March 2018

Op-Ed: Bridge programs get big results, but little support

New York’s bridge programs serve nowhere near the number of adults who would benefit from them. New York State should make investing in bridge programs part of its proposed $175 million workforce development plan.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Op-Ed: Sustaining the Caregiving Workforce for New York’s Aging Future

New York City is facing an impending healthcare crisis. An imminent shortage of home care workers and supportive services threatens to erode the quality of life, safety, and health of older New Yorkers and their families.The state should take the lead to ensure that families have affordable, quality options for protecting the health and safety of older adults.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Weather Emergencies and Emergency Rooms

During severe weather, getting around New York City can be all but impossible. Yet these moments are also the times when doctors, nurses, home health aids, and other medical professionals are most desperately needed. Given the unique challenges storms present, we wanted to share that story here, which ran as a sidebar in our report, An Unhealthy Commute.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Op-Ed: NYC’s New Schools Chancellor Should Make College Success Matter

It’s a rare moment when the city’s attention is focused on what it takes to lead the city’s schools. Yet the most important item on the next chancellor’s to-do list is hardly being discussed: preparing vastly more students to succeed in college.

Testimony - February 2018

Fixing Healthcare Workers Commutes Can Improve Transit for All New Yorkers

In this testimony before the MTA's Transit and Bus Committee, CUF policy director, Matt Chaban shares findings from a recent report on how healthcare workers have the worst public transit commutes of any New Yorkers, as well as ways the MTA can not only improve transportation for them but millions of other lower-income New Yorkers, as well.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2018

Op-Ed: The Transit Crisis Without a Rescue Plan

Even as the subways reach the breaking point, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers face an additional commuting crisis: the lack of fast, reliable transit service in huge swaths of the boroughs outside Manhattan. No industry has felt the effects of these punishing commutes more than the city's healthcare sector.

Report - January 2018

An Unhealthy Commute: The Transit Challenges Facing New York City’s Healthcare Sector

Subway and bus service in the four boroughs outside Manhattan has not kept pace with massive increases in the number of healthcare employees living and working there. By partnering with hospitals and other health providers, New York City can develop solutions befitting the city’s world-class healthcare system and ensure that this critical source of employment and opportunity can continue to grow.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: How To Prepare New Yorkers to Benefit from Amazon

Many New Yorkers are worried that a new home base for the world’s largest internet company would be more burden than boon. But a bold proposal to land 50,000 good jobs deserves an equally ambitious plan to invest in the city’s workforce. New York should want Amazon’s jobs, while ensuring more New Yorkers get them.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: Taking on Rochester’s College Success Problem

Graduation rates are alarmingly low at community colleges in Rochester and surrounding counties, and they are making very little progress. College leaders are already developing new models to support student success, but they need state backing to scale up their best ideas.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: Putting Automation on the Mayor’s Agenda

A fully automated city may still be more science fiction than fact, but era-defining changes are already here. The city must prepare for the wave of automation or be left in its wake.

Report - January 2018

Work to Do: How Automation Will Transform Jobs in NYC

In a first-of-its-kind analysis, CUF studied the automation potential of every occupation in New York City, evaluating the likelihood that a machine could perform each job’s component tasks and revealing which ones are most likely to be done by machines in the decades to come.

Report - December 2017

State of the Chains, 2017

Our 10th annual ranking of national retailers in New York City shows that the number of chain store locations across the city increased for the ninth year in a row, but fewer chains have expanded this year than in the past.

Report - December 2017

Struggling to the Finish Line: Community College Completion in New York State

While a college credential has become the single most important platform for the middle class today, only one in four New York State residents who enroll in the state’s community colleges end up earning a degree.

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