Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York
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In February 2013, The American Assembly released Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York—a report documenting revitalization strategies for upstate cities, based on a recent Assembly-sponsored meeting of urban policy and economic development experts. The report emphasizes several approaches, including partnerships among municipal governments and local anchor institutions, the development of regional export plans and venture funds, and maximizing opportunities afforded by Governor Cuomo's new Regional Economic Development Councils. It proposed the creation of a statewide export czar to organize and coordinate these efforts. 

The report's recommendations provide critical tools to encourage and inform a growing national dialogue on the future of legacy cities – a term used to describe America’s older metropolitan centers that have experienced significant population loss. These cities are critical to 21st century economic prosperity and quality of life.

“This report challenges us to accelerate the transformation of our economy by supporting entrepreneurship, aligning workforce with growing industries, expanding connections to overseas markets, and reversing antiquated laws and practices that have driven unsustainable land use and an inefficient system of governance,” said Robert M. Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC).“
 
 
Download the report and access the project's dedicated website with further information about this exciting project and its co-sponsors.
 
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'Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York' convened over 100 participants from around NY State to identify and prioritize strategies to strengthen the economies and communities of Upstate New York's legacy cities.  

 

Please visit the project site to download the report, press release and learn how to get involved: legacycities.americanassembly.org

 
 
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