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Upstate New York Let’s Focus on Opportunities. Susan Christopherson Department of City & Regional Planning Cornell University. Up”state” -14th largest in the US. Clinton. Franklin. St. Lawrence. Essex. Jefferson. Lewis. Hamilton. Glens. Glens. Falls. Falls. Utica-Rome.

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upstate new york let s focus on opportunities

Upstate New York Let’s Focus on Opportunities

Susan Christopherson

Department of City & Regional Planning

Cornell University

slide2

Up”state” -14th largest in the US

Clinton

Franklin

St. Lawrence

Essex

Jefferson

Lewis

Hamilton

Glens

Glens

Falls

Falls

Utica-Rome

Utica-Rome

Fulton

Rochester

Rochester

Syracuse

Syracuse

Albany-

Albany-

Buffalo-

Buffalo-

Seneca

Schenectady-

Schenectady-

Niagara

Niagara

Wyoming

Yates

Troy

Troy

Otsego

Falls

Falls

Cortland

Chenango

Tompkins

Cattaraugus

Columbia

Schuyler

Greene

Jamestown

Jamestown

Steuben

Delaware

Allegany

Binghamton

Binghamton

Elmira

Elmira

²

Dutchess

Dutchess

Sullivan

Ulster

County

County

Newburgh

Newburgh

0

12.5

25

50

75

100

Miles

a different approach
A Different Approach
  • Get a better grip on the sources of economic development problems
  • Recognize and build on knowledge economy assets in health and education
  • Build cooperation among upstate governments and civic organizations
  • Rethink the policy agenda
job trends for upstate metros 1990 2003
Job Trends for Upstate Metros 1990-2003

Source: U.S. B.L.S., establishment data, annual averages

average wage per job for upstate msas 2000 2004
Average Wage Per Job for Upstate MSAs 2000-2004

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

per capita personal income by upstate msa 2002 2004
Per Capita Personal Income by Upstate MSA, 2002-2004

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

get out of the1950s
Get Out of the1950s
  • City/County conflicts,inter-jurisdictional competition among “shrinking cities”
  • Upstate - downstate competition
  • Poorly designed deregulation and subsidies that raise costs for consumers and small business
  • Insufficient infrastructure investment to connect Upstate with US and global economies
  • A dated self-image. Upstate is now a rapidly changing (international, “green”, innovative industries) region
upstate economy more diversified

70

60

50

40

Percent of earnings

30

20

10

0

US, 1980

Upstate, 1980

US, 1990

Upstate, 1990

US, 2000

Upstate, 2000

Information

Goods producing/distribution

Distribution

Manufacturing

Primary

Adv. consumer svcs.

Finance/Real Estate

Producer services

Upstate Economy: More diversified
emerging upstate industries
Emerging Upstate Industries
  • Build on historical investments in engineering, skills & research
  • Composed of Small and Medium not large firms
  • Attract new workers and international firms

Rochester Photonics Cluster.

slide10
If Your Company Were to Create or Relocate Centers of Innovation, Which of the Following Elements Would Eliminate a Prospective Location?

Source: 2005 National Innovation Survey, Council on Competitiveness

the way forward
The Way Forward
  • Key Dimensions of a Sustainable Upstate Economy:
  • Intra-regional Cooperation Trumps Competition
  • Long-term Planning Builds on Assets
  • Policy Action at Federal and State to Affect Regional Capacity
  • Horizontal Linkages Among Key Institutions
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Don’t give up on manufacturing. We benefit from diversity.
  • Leverage already-strong health and education sectors for economic development, supporting innovation and investments. Use our assets!
  • Insist on local/ town/county government consolidation and more regional cooperation.
  • Demand a critical analysis of state economic development programs and a focus on building assets, workforce skills, and infrastructure. Support SMEs not just large firms.
  • Promote a new image of upstate
upstate new york let s focus on opportunities for a change

Upstate New York Let’s Focus on Opportunities(for a change)

Susan Christopherson

Department of City & Regional Planning

Cornell University