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  • Can Upstate Cities Save Themselves?

    June 06, 2007
    Albany Institute of History & Art (Key Cultural Center) 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12205

     

    John Norquist, president of the Congress for New Urbanism and former mayor of Milwaukee, said upstate cities should rely on themselves and not the state and federal governments to improve (© Dave Feiden).

    While New York's dominant downstate city is flourishing, many of its upstate cities are still struggling to emerge from a downward spiral. Is now the time for a turnaround? A distinguished panel of urban scholars and experts gathered in Albany June 6 to discuss how upstate cities can resurrect themselves.


     

    OPENING REMARKS

    John O. Norquist

    President & CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism

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    Richard Dietz, chief economist for the Buffalo branch of the Federal Reserve Bankof New York, says if upstate was considered a separate state it would rank last for in-migration of adults aged 30 to 64 with four or more years of college (© Dave Feiden).

     

     

     

    PANEL DISCUSSION

    Richard Dietz

    Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Buffalo Branch)

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    Paul Hagstrom

    Associate Professor, Economics 

    Hamilton College

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    Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Julia Vitullo-Martin, who serves as director of the Institute's Center for Rethinking Development, moderated the half-day event (© Dave Feiden).

    Kathryn A. Foster

    Director, Regional Institute

    University at Buffalo, State University of New York

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    Rolf J. Pendall

    Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning

    Cornell University

      

    Moderator:

    Julia Vitullo-Martin

    Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

    Director, Center for Rethinking Development

     

     

    Q&A Session

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    Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy, who also served as that city's police chief, said public safety is one of three top priorities in his administration along with economic development and education (© Dave Feiden).

    FIGHTING CRIME: A MAYORAL PERSPECTIVE

    Hon. Robert J. Duffy

    Mayor of Rochester

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    KEYNOTE:

    Daniel Gundersen

    Upstate Chair, Empire State Development Corp.

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