Testimony - May 2007

Meeting Demand for ESOL in NYC

In this testimony before a City Council hearing prompted by the Center's 2006 report, "Lost in Translation," associate research director Tara Colton lays out steps the city can take to address the enormous unmet demand for ESOL classes.

Report - April 2007

Staten Island 2020

This new report shows that New York’s fastest-growing borough faces serious economic and infrastructure challenges, from an exodus of young people to stubbornly high vacancy rates in the borough’s office buildings.

Testimony - February 2007

In Working Order

At a City Council hearing on the state of NYC's workforce development system, CUF Project Director David Fischer testified that the Bloomberg administration has made great strides but needs more resources and a broader vision.

Report - February 2007

A Thousand Cuts

This new report by the Center and NYATEP finds that now more than ever, New York needs a strong workforce development system -- but declining funds and uncoordinated programs are obstacles to progress.

Report - February 2007

A World of Opportunity

This new report by the Center documents that immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as a key engine of economic growth for cities from New York to Los Angeles--and, with the right support, could provide an even bigger boost to these cities in the years ahead.

Report - February 2007

Cause for Distress

This report reveals that thousands of housing units across the county are being lost to foreclosure and disrepair, and offers strategies for protecting this stock of distressed housing.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2006

Help More Immigrants Learn English

In an op/ed in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, CUF Associate Research Director Tara Colton highlights the tremendous need for English language instruction throughout New York State and urges business leaders and elected officials to step up their support for ESOL programs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2006

Q&A with NYC-based video game developer Eric Zimmerman

New York is a global creative hub, home to an unmatched number of creative people and scores of businesses in industries from film to advertising. But where does the city stand when it comes to the video game industry, one of the nation’s fastest growing creative fields? To find out, read the Center’s latest Q&A, with Eric Zimmerman, CEO and co-founder of Tribeca-based Gamelab, the city's largest game development studio.

Report - November 2006

Lost in Translation

This new report finds that while immigrants have become a growing part of the workforce in nearly every corner of New York State, the state-run English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program has not come close to keeping pace with the demand, creating a skills gap that could hurt the state's economic competitiveness.

Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2006

The Many Faces of Poverty: Disconnected Youth

CUF project director David Fischer weighs in on the recent report by the Mayor's Commission on Economic Opportunity with this short overview in Gotham Gazette about New York City's disconnected youth: who they are, what they need and why they are important to New York City's economic future.

Testimony - September 2006

From Disconnected to Career-Directed

At the NYC Workforce Investment Board meeting on Sept. 13, CUF Project Director David Fischer made this presentation on aging worker replacement and career opportunities for disconnected youth in several vital sectors of the city's economy.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2006

Q&A with Coney Island entrepreneur Dianna Carlin

In the Center's latest Q&A with business leaders and policy experts from around the five boroughs, CUF director Jonathan Bowles interviews Dianna Carlin, founder of Lola Staar, an eclectic boutique with locations on Coney Island's boardwalk and in the base of the Cyclone roller coaster. Read what Carlin has to say about the changes proposed for Coney Island and some of the surprising obstacles she's faced as an entrepreneur in the neighborhood.

Report - August 2006

Rethinking New York’s Street Fairs

In this policy brief, the Center documents that city street fairs are dominated by a handful of the same vendors selling bland items like tube socks and t-shirts, and that a surprisingly high percentage of vendors are based outside of the city. It calls on the city to make the fairs less generic.

Testimony - June 2006

A New Workforce for New York: How the City Can Replace Thousands of Retiring Baby Boomers

At a City Council hearing prompted by the Center's May 2006 report, "Chance of a Lifetime," project director David Jason Fischer testified about what the city must do to prepare at-risk young New Yorkers for the world of work, and the value of a youth-focused workforce intermediary to rationalize and coordinate these efforts.

Report - June 2006

The Final Frontier

In this policy brief, the Center urges the Bloomberg administration to back proposals to redevelop two vacant government warehouses in Sunset Park that would create 2 million square feet of space for manufacturers at a time when industrial firms in NYC are feeling squeezed.

Report - May 2006

Chance of a Lifetime

In this report, the Center finds that the anticipated retirement of tens of thousands of Baby Boomers in the next few years will create an unprecedented opportunity for New York City to move significant numbers of young, at-risk New Yorkers into career-track jobs.

Testimony - April 2006

Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Role in the Growth of Staten Island’s Economy

CUF director Jonathan Bowles argues that immigrant entrepreneurs could be a significant catalyst for economic growth on Staten Island in this speech, which he delivered on April 25 at the Staten Island Conference, sponsored by SIEDC.

Testimony - April 2006

The Limits of WIA

In testimony before a New York City Council hearing on April 11, CUF project director David Jason Fischer articulated how the severely limited funding and onerous legislative restrictions of the federal Workforce Investment Act have impaired efforts to serve New York City employers and jobseekers.

Testimony - April 2006

Beyond the Construction Commission

CUF Project Director David Jason Fischer testified at an April 4 City Council hearing on the work of the Mayor's Commission on Construction Opportunity, citing the Commission as a model for attaching young New Yorkers to career-track jobs in other key city industries.

Report - April 2006

Ready or Not

This new report focuses on the alarming number of young people who graduate from New York City public high schools unprepared to succeed in college, and provides a detailed examination of three college readiness programs run by CUNY and the city's public school system. The report concludes that a lack of institutional support from the city's top education officials may make it difficult to expand or improve upon these programs in the years ahead.

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