Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2005

Q&A with Red Hook Developer Greg O’Connell: the Importance of Balanced Growth

With Red Hook poised for growth through the advent of big retail stores and a cruise ship terminal, the Center for an Urban Future went to speak with developer Greg O'Connell, one of the people most responsible for the neighborhood's rebirth.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2005

Help those whose hard work is no just reward

In this Newsday op-ed, CUF project director David Fischer and Schuyler Center executive director Karen Schimke discuss Governor Pataki's proposed 2006 state budget in the context of New York's low-income working families.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2005

Q&A with Wellington Chen: Is Flushing poised for future growth?

The Center recently took the Number 7 train to Main Street to ask Wellington Chen, a land use planner and former commissioner of the Board of Standards and Appeals, for his thoughts on Flushing's future.

Testimony - January 2005

Is There a Broadband Gap for Businesses in Brooklyn?

CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles recently testified to the New York City Council Committee on Technology about the difficulties Brooklyn businesses face in securing reliable broadband internet access.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2004

Q&A With Susan Meeker

With Staten Island facing a number of hot-button development issues, CUF recently spoke with Susan Meeker, executive director of the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation about development proposals for the North Shore waterfront, the borough's nightmarish traffic congestion, and more.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2004

We can do more to close the ‘broadband gap’

In this op-ed for Newsday, CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles explains steps New York City can take to bring reliable broadband internet access to every corner of the five boroughs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2004

Q&A with Kenneth Knuckles

In the first edition of this new monthly online feature, CUF Research Director Jonathan Bowles talks with Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone CEO Kenneth Knuckles about development plans in Harlem, proposed expansion at Columbia University and the future of economic development in New York City.

Report - November 2004

New York’s Broadband Gap

This report reveals that even as high-speed Internet connectivity grows in importance for all New York City businesses, reliable and affordable broadband access remains elusive for many New York firms.

Report - November 2004

Between Hope and Hard Times

In this first-of-its-kind report, the Center and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy explore the conditions and policy responses to low-income working families in the Empire State.

Testimony - September 2004

Workforce Reorganization, One Year Later

CUF project director David Fischer recently spoke to the New York City Council's committee on economic development about the progress of the NYC Department of Small Business Services on workforce development issues.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2004

Unforced Error

The absence of any meaningful effort to promote the Flushing section of Queens to the millions of tennis and baseball fans who visit every year represents a missed opportunity to give the neighborhood an economic boost.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2004

The Big Idea: Black Male Unemployment in NYC, 2004

From the latest issue of City Limits magazine, CUF project director David Fischer argues that New York must mobilize a crisis response or risk the current high rate of black male unemployment becoming chronic.

Testimony - May 2004

Testimony: New York’s Broadband Gap

At a recent City Council hearing, CUF research director Jonathan Bowles testified that while broadband is becoming crucial for small businesses in every sector, many firms outside of Manhattan have difficulty accessing a reliable and affordable high-speed connection.

Testimony - April 2004

Testimony to the Joint City Council Hearing on African-American Unemployment in New York City

On April 22, CUF project director David Fischer addressed a joint hearing of City Council's General Welfare, Economic Development and Community Development committees on a recent report showing that black male unemployment in New York has reached crisis levels.

Report - April 2004

CUNY on the Job

This new report--an update to CUF's 1999 study, "Putting CUNY to Work"--finds that workforce development has become a priority at CUNY, with sharp increases in enrollment for employer contract training, adult education and other training programs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2004

Ditching Class

Half of all New York City schoolteachers leave the classroom within five years--presenting a huge obstacle to Mayor Bloomberg's ambitious school reform agenda.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2004

Safety ‘Net

New York City is increasingly wired to help poor residents access city services and search for jobs online--but the gap between potential and practice could comprise a second Digital Divide.

Testimony - December 2003

NYC Continues to Lose Market Share in Fast-Growing Air Cargo Sector

CUF research director Jonathan Bowles testifies to City Council that while the national air cargo sector is growing, New York continues to slide from its once-dominant position.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2003

Dressed to Skill

At last, New York City shows signs of understanding that workforce development contributes to economic development. That's why the city's newest workforce authority is well suited to its job.

Report - December 2003

Seeking a Workforce System

This first of its kind study, co-created by the Center and the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, tracks $1.3 billion spent in New York on workforce programs--and finds significant fragmentation.

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