The March 2014 State of New York Cities Conference Creative Responses to Fiscal Stress featured research findings, policy discussions, and practitioner perspectives on topics such as alternative responses to austerity, economic development, pensions, and state aid. The goal of the conference was to foster a dialogue around these issues with a broad set of stakeholder groups, and to start to identify creative responses and strategies for economic development, service delivery, and local government fiscal stress. The event featured case studies of four upstate cities, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, as well as responses by city officials. The March 2014 conference was a collaborative effort between Cornell University’s CaRDI, Department of Development Sociology, and the Department of City & Regional Planning.
State of New York Cities: Creative Responses to Fiscal Stress Webinar
Thursday, May 8, 2014
State of New York Cities Conference
March 25, 2014, ILR Conference Center, Ithaca, New York
- Setting the Context – Mildred Warner
- Overview: Fiscal Realities and Constraints – Clint McManus
- Buffalo: Rebuilding the Economy & Quality of Life after the Control Board – Nidhi Subrammanyam
- Rochester: From an Industrial City to a Knowledge-Based Economy – Patience Milrod
- Utica: Refugees and Urban Revitalization – Clint McManus
- Demographic Trends – Robin Blakely-Armitage
- Pensions – Abigail Rivin
- Revenue and Funding – John Sipple
- Demographic Data Tools – Robin Blakely-Armitage
- Fiscal Monitoring System - Janet Mayo, Office of the NYS Comptroller
- Will Detroit's bankruptcy come to upstate New York?
- Can Localities Do it Alone? No, State Funding is Needed
Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities: An Examination of Fiscal Conditions, Innovations, and Regional Strategies in the City of Buffalo & Erie County
Executive Summary - Buffalo
Full Report - Buffalo
By Nidhi Subramanyam, Paul Leonhardt and Elliot Sperling, Cornell University.
City of Rochester: From an Industrial City to a Knowledge-based Economy
Executive Summary - Rochester
Full Report - Rochester
By Patience Milrod, Eithel Manrique and Barbara Marchiori de Assis, Cornell University
Weathering Financial Challenges through Strategic Partnerships
Executive Summary - Syracuse
Full Report - Syracuse
By Katelin Olson, Alvaro Salas, Andrea Restrepo-Mieth and Dana Westgren, Cornell University.
Refugees and Revitalization - Taking a closer look at Utica's fiscal stress and opportunities for local solutions
Executive Summary - Utica
Full Report - Utica
By Clint McManus and Nancy Sprehn, Cornell University.
The Pension Problem
Cornell Press has been working with regional newspapers and other media outlets to take advantage of the excitement generated from the March 25th event.
- Cornell Chronicle article
- Mildred Warner's Op Ed that appeared on March 29th in the Albany TimesUnion: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/State-imposes-a-fiscal-burden-on-communities-5359820.php
- Mildred Warner and graduate student Katelin Olson gave an interview with the CapitolPressroom: http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/
- Mildred Warner interview with WRVO: http://innovationtrail.org/post/consolidation-may-not-save-money-local-governments
- Mildred Warner Innovation Trail interview: http://innovationtrail.org/post/quality-life-infrastructure-investment-key-urban-renewal
- Business Incentive Adoption in the Recession, Mildred E. Warner and Lingwen Zheng, Economic Development Quarterly, 2013 27: 90 originally published online 18 March 2013
- Cost Savings from Cuomo Consolidation Plan? Probably Not. Mildred Warner, Cornell University.
- Inter-municipal cooperation and costs: Expectations and evidence Germà Bel and Mildred E. Warner Forthcoming Public Administration 2014
- Intermunicipal Cooperation: The Growing Reform, George C. Homsy and Mildred Warner, Cornell University
- Marketisation, public services and the city: the potential for Polanyian counter movements, Mildred E. Warner and Judith Clifton, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.
- Shared School Services Brief. John Sipple, Cornell University.
- Editor's choice: Marketisation, public services and the city: the potential for Polanyian counter movements, Mildred E. Warner and Judith Clifton, Cambridge J Regions Econ Soc 2014 7: 45-61 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]
- Shared Services Report: Shared Services in New York State: A Reform That Works, George Homsy, Binghamton University; and Bingxi Qian, Yang Wang and Mildred Warner, Cornell University
- Shared Services: The Reform that Works (slide presentation), Mildred Warner and Bingxi Qian, Cornell University; and Warren Lucas, Town of Salem.