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MTA Expands Real-Time Arrival Technology to all NYC Buses, a Recommendation from CUF’s Behind the Curb Report

Impact - February 2014

MTA Expands Real-Time Arrival Technology to all NYC Buses, a Recommendation from CUF’s Behind the Curb Report

The Center’s 2011 Behind the Curb report recommended that the MTA install GPS devices on all city buses in order to make real-time arrival updates available to all riders. After piloting Bus Time in Staten Island and expanding to the Bronx and Manhattan last year, the MTA is now installing the service on Brooklyn and Queens buses.

Mayor de Blasio Adopts CUF Recommendation to Expand Low-Income Entrepreneurship

Impact - February 2014

Mayor de Blasio Adopts CUF Recommendation to Expand Low-Income Entrepreneurship

Our April 2013 Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs study recommended that the city expand low-income entrepreneurship in New York City and provide an alternative pathway to the middle class for low-income New Yorkers. In his first State of the City speech, Mayor de Blasio announced plans to do just that.

NYS Regional Economic Development Council Awards by Region, 2011-2013

Data - December 2013

NYS Regional Economic Development Council Awards by Region, 2011-2013

NYC has received just 7.8 percent of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grants over the past three years, despite having more than 40 percent of the state’s population and businesses—and being home to the two counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state.

CUF Reports Lead to Built/NYC, a New Program by the NYC Department of Design and Construction

Impact - August 2013

CUF Reports Lead to Built/NYC, a New Program by the NYC Department of Design and Construction

The Center’s 2011 Growth by Design report concluded that far more could be done to harness New York City’s design sector. NYC Department of Design and Construction acted on this recommendation, creating a new program that will commission site-specific furnishings for city construction projects from local product designers.

CUF Influences MTA’s Needs Assessment for NYC Transit System

Impact - July 2013

CUF Influences MTA’s Needs Assessment for NYC Transit System

In July 2013, the MTA published a forward-looking needs assessment for New York City’s transit system that was greatly influenced by the Center's Behind the Curb study.

More than Manhattan

Data - July 2013

More than Manhattan

Manhattan remains the epicenter of New York City’s economy, but the other four boroughs now comprise roughly 40 percent of all private sector jobs in the city, their highest total ever. In 2012, Manhattan accounted for 60.50 percent of the city’s private sector jobs, down from 65.92 percent in 1982 and 63.08 percent as recently as 2000.

CUF Influences Full City Restoration of Library Funding

Impact - June 2013

CUF Influences Full City Restoration of Library Funding

For the first time since Fiscal Year 2008, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council approved a city budget in which New York City's three public library systems did not lose any funding. The decision to fully restore the libraries’ budgets—after the mayor initially proposed a $106 million reduction in funding—was influenced by our groundbreaking study about New York’s three public library systems.

Still Waiting for NYC’s Biotech Boom

Data - June 2013

Still Waiting for NYC’s Biotech Boom

New York City has all the ingredients to become a leading biotech hub, and the Bloomberg administration is pulling out all the stops to support the sector’s growth; but the New York Metro region was only fifth among all regions in biotech VC deals last quarter—and all of the local deals went to companies in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Seeding NYC's Startup Success

Data - May 2013

Seeding NYC's Startup Success

Over the past decade, the NYC region’s share of all venture capital deals in the U.S. more than doubled, from 5.3 percent to 11.4 percent. During the same period, New England’s share fell from 14.8 percent to 10.2 percent and Silicon Valley’s rose slightly, from 28.6 percent to 31.7 percent.

Data from Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Data - April 2013

Data from Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major April 2013 report on low-income entrepreneurs. The report found that 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.

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