JCTF Insight: What’s going on -“Help Wanted” by Jonathan Drapkin, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Your eye, word of mouth, newspaper stories tell us there is not a sector that is not looking for employees. I just came back from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and if the business was open, 50% were looking to hire. This weekend’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal (always good to read them both)and just [...]

By | 2021-05-18T08:54:06-04:00 May 18th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 by Jonathan Drapkin, President/CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Across the country, states are experiencing a historic number of unemployment insurance claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, during the week of March 15 - March 21, there were 3,283,000 unemployment insurance claims filed. This represents an increase of more than 3 million claims over the previous week, and [...]

By | 2020-04-14T11:22:35-04:00 April 14th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Westchester County Commutation Patterns

Westchester County has emerged as the top commuter destination in the Hudson Valley. Reasons for this include access to public transportation, higher wages, and a higher concentration of jobs relative to the rest of the Hudson Valley region. Westchester County has a particularly strong commuting relationship with neighboring Putnam County and Dutchess County to the [...]

By | 2020-02-06T15:42:38-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Westchester County Housing Needs Assessment Identifies Serious Gap in Affordable Housing

By: Joseph Czajka, Senior Vice President for Research, Development and Community Planning and Executive Director, Center for Housing Solutions and Urban Initiatives at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress More than 41% of the households in Westchester pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs, according to the assessment.   On the heels of [...]

By | 2019-12-18T16:33:17-05:00 December 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Guest Blog by Kathleen Halas, Executive Director, Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

Economic development requires a talented workforce who can get to work. So just as we must provide affordable housing and reliable public transportation, we must ensure the widespread availability and affordability of safe, quality child care. Without it, working parents, particularly mothers, are unable to build their careers, and the economy and the community suffer [...]

By | 2019-09-16T12:53:16-04:00 September 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Guest Blog by Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director, Neighbors Link

Westchester is a very diverse and vibrant county whose economy, cultural attractions, culinary destinations and overall quality of life are significantly improved by a large immigrant population. A full quarter of our population is comprised of people not born in the United States. About half of those are naturalized citizens. Most immigrants in our county—57 [...]

By | 2019-08-01T13:52:48-04:00 August 1st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Guest Blog by Allison Madison, President of Allison Madison Approach

Trends in People Operations (Formerly known as Human Resources) “Human Resources is coming, everyone hide, stop laughing, get to work checking boxes!” That is the common misconception of HR – it’s all about compliance and preventing people from doing anything that is actually productive, much less fun. However, change the name to People Operations (People [...]

By | 2019-04-17T12:59:41-04:00 April 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Guest Blog by Millie Hernandez-Becker, President of Skyqueen Enterprises

Skyqueen Enterprises is a company that specializes in private jet travel. Skyqueen, which has been located at Westchester County Airport since 2007, has worked with corporations and individuals to buy and manage business jets and offer support services. From King Airs to Gulfstreams, the company provides valuable services to owners and operators regarding aircraft acquisitions, [...]

By | 2019-03-25T10:18:14-04:00 March 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments