Can Upstate Cities Save Themselves?

Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

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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 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

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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, SUNY

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Rolf J. Pendall
Associate ProfessorCity 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
City of Rochester

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KEYNOTE:

Daniel Gundersen
Upstate Chair
Empire State Development Corp.

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