Research

Reviving the Middle Class Dream in New York City

Report Author: 
Jonathan Bowles, Joel Kotkin and David Giles
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Feb

This major report by the Center for an Urban Future concludes that New York's longstanding legacy as a place that both sustained a large middle class and elevated countless people from poorer backgrounds into the middle class is now in serious jeopardy.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Closing the Skills Gap

Report Author: 
David Fischer and Jeremy Reiss
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

This report, jointly published by Center for an Urban Future and the Community Service Society, finds that New York City faces a human capital crisis that could threaten the city's long-term economic competitiveness while relegating countless residents to low-wage jobs. It shows that an alarming number of New Yorkers now lack the skills and educational credentials to compete in today's economy and warns that the problem will only get worse in the years ahead. The report calls for a comprehensive campaign to develop the skills of New York's population.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

An Action Agenda for ESOL

Report Author: 
Center for an Urban Future and Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Mar

This concept paper written by the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy includes eight recommendations for supporting and strengthening the state's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. The action agenda, which was endorsed by an unusual coalition of the state's leading business groups, immigrant advocates, literacy providers and workforce training professionals, calls on New York policymakers to guarantee level funding for state-run ESOL programs even in this difficult fiscal environment.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Engine Failure: A bold new vision to renew New York City's Economy

Report Author: 
Jonathan Bowles and Joel Kotkin
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Sep

With economic woes that go well beyond 9/11, New York needs a bold new vision to renew the city's economy. In this acclaimed report, the Center for an Urban Future lays out a plan for growth that transcends skyscrapers and stock tickers.

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Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Model Cities: What New York can learn from the economic recoveries in Houston and L.A.

Report Author: 
Joel Kotkin
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Oct

Data shows New York's economic pulse has been flatlining for years. This report details what urban wonks can learn from unlikely recovery zones in Los Angeles and Houston.

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Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

The Skills Crisis

Report Author: 
Neil Scott Kleiman
Original Date of Publication: 
2000 Aug

Amid unprecedented economic growth, New York City remains unable to bring together employers, job trainers and those left behind by prosperity and in need of training. This report explains why.

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Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Between Hope and Hard Times: New York's Working Families in Economic Distress

Report Author: 
David J. Fischer, Tara Colton, Neil S. Kleiman and Karen Schimke
Original Date of Publication: 
2004 Nov

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

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Lost in Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Nov

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.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Still Lost In Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Nov

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.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Central New York's New Workforce

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Apr

This survey of Central New York businesses finds that 40 percent employ workers with limited English proficiency. As immigrants comprise a rising share of the population and workforce throughout the region, upgrading their language skills will be key for local businesses and the area’s future economic growth.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future