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State of NY Cities Conference

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





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

Myth or Reality? The State of Public Pensions in Upstate New York
Executive Summary - The Pension Problem
Full Report - 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.