May 2014 Economic Development News

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aligning city arts programming with economic development; Considering "Wage Deserts" to better target programs to increase self-sufficiency in working families; Report calls for a more consistent strategy linking state economic development and workforce development priorities

Aligning city arts programming with economic development

Mayor de Blasio signed legislation requiring the Department of Cultural Affairs to review how arts programming in the city could be better aligned with community planning and economic development goals. Community-based arts organizations along with business groups and non-profits will be represented on a citizen's advisory committee to oversee planning.

The Wall Street Journal,  New York City Rethinks Art for the Masses, May 18, 2015


Considering "Wage Deserts" to better target programs to increase self-sufficiency in working families

By comparing the self-sufficiency standard with geographic data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program, Laura Wolf-Powers introduces the concept of "wage-deserts" and highlights the need for targeted policy responses to concentrations of low-wage earners.

Metropolitics, Food Deserts and Wage Deserts: The Importance of Metaphor in Policy and Activism,  April 28, 2015

 

Report calls for a more consistent strategy linking state economic development and workforce development priorities

A new report by Center for an Urban Future and The New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) takes a close look at the disconnection between workforce development and New York State's ten Regional Econmic Development Councils. The report sheds light on the finding that just over 1% of funding available through the Consolidating Funding Applications is spent on actively helping New Yorkers find jobs or skill training, and how the state lacks a consistent strategy in workforce development.

Report: Seeking a State Workforce Strategy, May 2015