Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2013

8 Ways to Grow New York’s Design Sector

Launching a citywide design festival is a big first step, but there is more the city can do to harness New York’s competitive advantage in design.

Report - April 2013

Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

With middle-income jobs in decline, entrepreneurship offers an increasingly promising pathway out of poverty; but few low-income New Yorkers are currently taking this route to economic self-sufficiency.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2013

Foster Youth and the Workforce: Next Steps

Roughly half of the young people who have aged out of NYC’s foster care system aren’t working, but this policy brief outlines a handful of achievable recommendations for putting foster youth on the path to careers and productive lives.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2013

Time to Revamp NYC’s Workforce Development System

NYC’s next mayor will inherit a workforce development system in far better shape than when Mayor Bloomberg took office, but it’s now time to go beyond simply placing New Yorkers into jobs and build the skills of the local workforce.

Report - January 2013

Branches of Opportunity

New York City’s public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

Report - December 2012

State of the Chains, 2012

Our fifth annual ranking of national retailers in NYC shows that the number of chain stores in New York City increased for the fifth straight year in 2012, paced by strong growth in the Bronx and continued expansion from top retailers Dunkin Donuts and Subway.

Report - August 2012

Smarter Small Businesses

This report finds that far too many of NYCs small businesses still arent using websites, online ads and other technology tools, a huge missed opportunity at a time when small firms face increasing competition from national chains and online companies.

Report - July 2012

Here Comes the Sun

This edition of New York by the Numbers reveals that New York City lags behind the rest of the state when it comes to installing solar energy panels in residential, commercial and government buildings, but is beginning to catch up.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2012

GED® change will be costly for N.Y.

In July 2012, the Albany Times Union published an op-ed by our senior fellow Tom Hilliard which notes that beginning in 2014 the GED® exam will cost twice as much to take and be significantly more difficult to pass, changes that will almost certainly lead to significantly fewer New Yorkers getting their GED® credential. Already, New York is 49th out of 50 states in the GED® pass rates. In the op-ed, Tom urges New York State education officials and legislators to explore alternatives to the GED® test.

Testimony - June 2012

Keeping Up with the Boroughs

The New York City Council held a hearing that was prompted by the Center for an Urban Future's 2011 "Behind the Curb" report, which documented that New York City's public transit service has not kept pace with recent job growth and transit ridership gains in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The Center commended the Council's Transportation Committee for convening the hearing, which is titled "Keeping Up with the Boroughs—Addressing Public Transit Needs Outside Manhattan."

Report - May 2012

Now Hiring

While young adults without a college degree are among those who are having the hardest time finding decent paying jobs today, this report provides a ray of hope. It identifies more than two dozen occupations in New York City that are expected to have ample job openings in the years ahead which pay decent salaries and which are accessible to young adults with low levels of educational attainment.

Report - May 2012

New Tech City

Riding a wave of start-ups, New York has emerged as a national leader in fields that leverage the Internet and mobile technologies—a development that has provided a key economic boost and left the city well positioned for future tech growth

Testimony - April 2012

The Economic Impact of NYC’s Libraries

At a City Council hearing on the city's proposed $100 million budget cut to public libraries, CUF's David Giles testified on the growing importance of branch libraries as community centers. At a time when the city faces enormous human capital challenges, more and more New Yorkers depend on the public libraries for job information, resume writing help, adult literacy, English language classes and other key services.

Report - March 2012

Designing New York’s Future

New York City graduates twice as many students in design and architecture as any other U.S. city, but the city's design schools are not only providing the talent pipeline for New York's creative industries—they have become critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Report - February 2012

New York’s Oscar Party

This edition of New York by the Numbers reveals that when it comes to documentary films, NYC-based directors and producers are always in the spotlight at the Academy Awards.

Report - January 2012

Bad English

Communities from Albany and Syracuse to Queens and Staten Island are experiencing an influx of immigrants, many of whom lack English proficiency—but the number of state-funded ESOL classes has declined in recent years.

Report - November 2011

Chained Up

Our fourth annual ranking of national retailers in NYC shows that the growth of chain stores has slowed over the past year. While the number of chain stores is up by 1.6 percent over last year, more retailers reduced their presence in the city than expanded. And though Dunkin Donuts tops our list again, for the first time it did not have a net gain in stores.

Report - November 2011

Mobility Makers

This report finds that community colleges are crucial platforms for economic mobility in today's knowledge economy, but shows that too few of those enrolled in these institutions actually graduate.

Report - October 2011

New York in the World

New York in the World: This new report jointly issued by the Center for an Urban Future and the SUNY Levin Institute provides the first comprehensive impact of how globalization has impacted NYC and NYS. It finds that no state has benefited more and suffered worse from globalization than New York.

Report - September 2011

Failing the Test

In today's knowledge economy, those without a high school diploma are literally at the end of the line when applying for jobs, particularly those that pay decent wages. Unfortunately, the GED system has failed to provide a second chance to these New Yorkers, with only one percent of those eligible getting their GED each year and very few of those who do attain their GED going on to postsecondary education and training. This report examines several options for improving the GED system: whether New York should charge a fee for test takers, the benefits and costs of the official practice test, availability and quality of preparatory instruction and providing a bridge from GED to postsecondary education and training.

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