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Economic Development

Manufacturing in New York: A Status Report

Manufacturing remains a powerful economic force in New York, especially upstate, according to this update of a September 2010 report. The sector accounts for more than 450,000 jobs statewide and 15 to 20 percent of private-sector wages in many communities. Although jobs have declined, the industry is marked by a high churn in employment, with thousands of manufacturing jobs created each year even while others are eliminated. While working to capture new jobs, public and private-sector leaders also need to focus on keeping existing manufacturers, by educating New Yorkers about the importance of the sector and addressing factors such as electricity costs. Institute Deputy Director Robert Ward made separate presentations to the Workforce Development Institute and the Council of Industry of Southeastern New York.
Robert B. Ward, November 2011

Twenty-First-Century Manufacturing:
A Foundation of New York’s Economy

Despite reduced employment counts, manufacturing remains a foundation of New York’s economy. Communities across Upstate are especially dependent on local factories, often for more than 25 percent of all private-sector payrolls. New York’s manufacturing sector is not as large proportionally as those in most other states — yet its high rate of value added in production and high-paid jobs make it possible for the state to retain its position as a national industrial leader.
Robert B. Ward and Lucy Dadayan,
Manufacturing Research Institute of New York State,
September 2010

How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the
State University of New York

A comprehensive statewide study by the Rockefeller Institute and the University at Buffalo Regional Institute finds the State University of New York is positioned to be the critical force in building an innovation economy for New York. Its economic impact equates to $5 for every $1 of state support. It has a diverse array of economic development activities already in place across its 64 campuses — and a growing potential to do more.
Rockefeller Institute of Government and
University at Buffalo Regional Institute, June 2011


The Surprise Economy: Why Has New York Been Outperforming the Nation?

New York State’s economic performance has lagged the nation’s for decades. But here's a surprising fact: Employment trends in the Empire State beat the national average for four straight years before, during and after the Great Recession. Two big questions: Why? And, what does this suggest for economic-development policy in New York?
Robert B. Ward, August 31, 2011

A Study of Real Estate Markets in
Declining Cities

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 created a new type of declining city, and posed further hardship for cities already in decline. This report analyzes the recession’s impact on real estate markets in cities in the midst of a severe and persistent economic downturn.
James Follain, Research Institute for Housing America,
January 6, 2011

An interview with James Follain

A New Paradigm for Economic Development

Universities and higher-education systems across the country are taking leading roles in their states’ economic development efforts — and this Institute report says that trend seems likely to strengthen as the nation moves into the era of an “innovation economy.” The study found that higher education’s increasingly important role builds on, but goes well beyond, the research strengths of universities — incorporating efforts as wide-ranging as job training, business consulting, housing rehabilitation and even securing seed money for new businesses.
David F. Shaffer and David J. Wright, March 2010

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