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May 23, 2019

President Williams Visits Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

New York Fed President John C. Williams visited Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in late March, where he met with elected officials and community and business leaders to gain a deeper understanding of current economic conditions and the continuing recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The hurricanes battered the region in quick succession in late 2017, and the islands still have a long road to recovery. This was President Williams’ first regional visit of the year, and topics in focus included ongoing hurricane recovery efforts, collaboration among organizations, a burgeoning entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem, and the numerous challenges small businesses face.

December 18, 2018

Uptown to the Boogie Down: President Williams Heads to the Bronx

President Williams’ final regional visit of the year was to the Bronx, a borough that has made great strides since a period of declining population and rising crime that stretched from the 1970s into the 1980s. The progress of the last few decades notwithstanding, the Bronx still lags economically behind the rest of New York City, with the lowest median household income and highest poverty rate among the five boroughs. During his daylong visit, President Williams met with local nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders to discuss efforts to strengthen the local workforce, challenges facing small businesses, strategies to promote development without displacement, and the importance of anchor institutions and public-private partnerships.

November 15, 2018

A Long Way to Buffalo: President Williams Visits Western New York

President Williams’ second visit into the district took him to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, where he discussed the Western New York economy with local officials, private sector representatives, and community leaders. A number of common themes emerged over two days of engagements, including the need for investment in new infrastructure and transportation, the reuse of existing resources, the importance of the Buffalo Niagara region’s relationship to Canada, and the value of cooperation between public institutions, private interests, and nonprofit organizations.

August 28, 2018

Brooklyn Roads: President Williams Tours the Borough for First Regional Visit

For his first regional roadshow as New York Fed President, John Williams spent the day in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, meeting with local stakeholders to learn about the issues their communities face. Recurring themes throughout the day included jobs, housing, and other issues related to equitable growth and gentrification; small business concerns such as access to credit; and economic growth factors such as investment and workforce development.

April 20, 2018

Part II of Visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Future Economic Paths

Today’s post continues our two-part series on the New York Fed’s recent visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), a trip that focused on understanding current economic conditions and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas, USVI marked our first regional roadshow of 2018.

April 19, 2018

Part I of Visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Key Impacts of Hurricanes

In the first regional roadshow of 2018, President Dudley and a team from the New York Fed traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to meet with local nonprofit, government, and business leaders, with the aim of understanding economic conditions and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The devastation of these storms resulted in a significant setback to areas already facing very difficult circumstances.

March 6, 2018

Meeting Across the River: A Visit to Northern New Jersey

On our fourth and final regional visit of 2017, we learned about key issues facing Northern New Jersey and efforts underway to promote inclusive economic growth. The local business and community leaders we spoke with in New Brunswick, Kearny, and Newark raised issues of affordability and mobility, discussed efforts to link local residents to local jobs, and highlighted efforts to repurpose and adapt land and buildings for the 21st century economy.

November 27, 2017

On the Road Again: Syracuse, Ithaca, and Rochester Aim for a More Inclusive Economy

For our third regional visit of the year, we traveled to Syracuse, Ithaca, and Rochester. The stops on our trip varied widely — from visiting a drone accelerator site, to meeting with members working on an anti-poverty initiative. Throughout, we heard from community leaders about their efforts to address challenges, such as developing a strong workforce and tackling poverty. We also learned about the promising industries in their communities and their hopes for future growth.

August 10, 2017

Over the River and Through the Adirondacks: What We Learned in New York’s North Country Region

For our second regional visit of the year, we ventured about as far north as you can go in New York State, spending two days in June in the North Country region, where President Dudley and members of our staff visited Plattsburgh, Potsdam, and Fort Drum, in Jefferson County near Watertown. The local leaders we met with told us about successes and challenges alike, including the significance of having Canada as a close neighbor; concerns related to workforce development, demographics, and access to broadband; why collaboration matters for regional businesses and institutions; and how Watertown has a unique relationship with Fort Drum, a major military installation in the area.

June 23, 2017

A Day on the Road in the World’s Borough— Queens, New York

The New York Fed’s regional visits typically take our team many hours and miles away from our office in Lower Manhattan. There is, in fact, a lot of ground to cover in the Second District. But in March, we stayed closer to home, with a visit to New York City’s remarkably diverse borough of Queens.

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