Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York

Following an Assembly of over one hundred urban policy and economic development experts from throughout the state, The American Assembly and co-sponsors released Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York, which praised partnerships with major anchor institutions and advocated aligning local government and education efforts with Governor Cuomo’s decentralized Regional Economic Development Councils. The report also stressed regional export plans and venture funds, and creation of a statewide export czar, as necessary for adapting and competing in the globalized 21st century economy.

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). “The good news is that we are well underway with bold initiatives, reaffirmed in this report, that are having an impact on our legacy cities and can serve as a model for other regions and states across the country.”
The report also has a dedicated web site, with further information about the project and its co-sponsors.
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Toni L. Griffin

Toni L. Griffin is Professor and Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and  was a participant at The American Assemblies on "Reinventing America's Legacy Cities" in Detroit and "Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York."