It's Time to End Empire Zones

Dec 02, 2008

The Economic Development Zone program has become a vehicle for giving tax breaks to a variety of corporations with no clear, consistent, verifiable justification for the public investment.

Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability Among Types of Households

Aug 20, 2014

The third in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief considers combined housing and transportation costs relative to income for a variety of housing types. It finds that New York City is generally affordable for moderate- and middle-income households. Affordability for low-income households, however, remains a challenge.

How to Make N.Y.C. Economic Development More Effective

Jan 27, 2014

Central to addressing the challenge of income inequality that Mayor Bill de Blasio has articulated so passionately is the need to ensure New York City's economy continues to grow and more New Yorkers are employed in middle-class jobs.

How to Make N.Y.C. Economic Development More Effective

Jan 27, 2014

Central to addressing the challenge of income inequality that Mayor Bill de Blasio has articulated so passionately is the need to ensure New York City's economy continues to grow and more New Yorkers are employed in middle-class jobs.

Find Ways to Attract Talent

Aug 12, 2013

CBC's Director of New York City Studies Maria Doulis pens an op-ed in the New York Times' Room for Debate on how the next mayor can achieve important economic development goals: more jobs, a more diversified industry mix, a larger middle class and enhanced entrepreneurship. 

Letter to the Legislature on CBC's Recommendations for the FY2013-14 NYS Budget

Mar 07, 2013

In a letter to the state legislature the CBC made recommendations for the fiscal year 2013-14 New York State budget. There are two general points that are made:

  • Overall, there is much to like in the prosed budget; it continues progress in reducing the long-standing structural deficit by restraining expenditure growth and avoiding additional tax burdens.
  • “Fine tuning” the proposed budget by rejecting or revising some misguided initiatives would enhance its effectiveness in using New Yorkers’ tax dollars wisely.

Recommendations for the Next Round of Economic Development Council Awards

Oct 11, 2012

This year New York will allocate $762 million in economic development funds through the recently created Regional Economic Development Councils. Although the Councils have improved the effectiveness of the funding within their purview, they still control only a fraction of total economic development spending and their review process still leaves room for improvement.

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