Commerce Department Creating Nation's First One-Stop Economic Development Platform with the Help of NYU Wagner-led Consortium of Experts
NYU Wagner’s Neil Kleiman is leading a consortium of experts who are working to develop recommendations for improvements in how the federal government develops and disseminates information about the various program resources it provides for economic development.
This effort, funded under a grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), will result in program information that is accessible and actionable on the part of state, regional and local applicants that are seeking to advance their own economic-development goals through access to relevant federal programs.
The consortium consists of senior researchers and program administrators from the International City/County Management Association and Jobs for the Future, in addition to Wagner. Dr. Kleiman is assistant clinical professor of public service, and director of the school’s Innovation Labs.
“There are at least 90 federal programs relevant to economic development, and few are aligned with one another or with state and local government activity,” he explains. “This effort will address the diffuse nature of federal support by creating an easy-to-use inventory of all existing federal programs relevant to economic development.”
Comptroller McCall Relaunches Gubernatorial Campaign at Wagner
Conference Explores Philanthropy's Potential Impact on Public Policy
Gara LaMarche, a senior fellow at NYU Wagner, was the recent co-sponsor of a highly successful conference at New York University on philanthropy and the new, post-2012 election landscape of policymaking and politics.
Foundation executives, individual donors, and civic leaders came together to examine what philanthropy’s evolving relationship with public policy and government means in the context of the rapidly changing political scene. Participants engaged on such issues as K-12 education, health care reform, and poverty. Among the questions examined were:
- How is America’s polarized political culture changing philanthropy?
- How has the political culture shaped the types of projects we fund, demands on grantees and partnerships with government?
- How successful or challenging have philanthropy’s investments been in the realm of policy change and with government? At the start of this new political cycle, what should we do now (or not do) given the ongoing polarization?
The Feb. 12 event was titled “Money and Power in Post-Election America: Where is Philanthropy?” It was co-hosted by NYU, Duke, and Philanthropy New York.
Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Oct. 11-13
On October 11th, 12th and 13th, the Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) -- the premier arts and cultural policy conference - will be conducted for the first time in more than a decade in New York City, and the first time ever at NYU. The 33rd annual conference, which was held last year in Vienna, Austria, will be chaired by NYU Wagner Professor Ruth Ann Stewart. It begins Thursday evening, Oct. 11, 2007, with an opening reception in the Puck Building in Manhattan, the landmark home of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. About 200 scholars, artists, and cultural-organization leaders from 26 countries and 22 states throughout the U.S. are expected to attend the conference and share their professional experience and research findings through papers and panels. The six conference themes are: Artists, Activism, and Social Change; Leadership in, of, and through the Arts; Sustaining Cultural Industries and Organizations; Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences; Cultural Planning, Development, and Economics; Urban Revitalization and the Arts.
The online conference schedule can be found at http://stpa.culture.info. Anyone interested in attending this exciting event may contact the Conference Coordinator, Darren Flusche, at firstname.lastname@example.org.