Far more than another planning document for Staten Island's improvement, SI 2020 is a comprehensive economic development framework issued by Center for an Urban Future, a prominent New York City think tank with a long track record of bringing their rigorous information gathering and problem-solving techniques to bear on a host of issues important to the City....
The research for SI 2020 is based upon the input of dozens of civic leaders, elected officials and business owners on Staten Island and throughout the region as well as data analysis culled from the U.S. Census Bureau, NYS Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, to name a few. The report is designed specifically to address the problems currently facing the Borough and to provide actionable solutions to those problems.
SI 2020 posits two central points. First, if current economic trends continue, Staten Island will likely find itself in the year 2020 with a weak economy and few opportunities for meaningful local employment. Second, there exist a number of potential growth areas in the borough that, with support, could advance economic development in both the short and long term. Specifically, SI 2020 offers the following fourteen concrete recommendations as the means to guide Staten Island toward the creation of a diverse and healthy economy in the year 2020. Listed along with the recommendations are projects currently being pursued. Since 2007 when the report was released, SIEDC has initiated and supported efforts to achieve each of the 14 recommendations and will continue to work toward complete success. Below are the recommendations- five have been achieved.