Last week, when SUNY's Levin Institute released its report about how New York has fared in the globalization era, the results were pretty much what you might expect: downstate has dominated, upstate hasn't kept pace.
The report detailed that between 1970 and 2000 upstate lost half of its manufacturing jobs. But downstate, globalization brought new wealth, especially in the financial services industry, which is now the single biggest contributor to both state and city tax revenues.
That leaves the lingering question of how New York can bridge the gap between the Wall Street haves, and the upstate have-nots.
In an attempt to bridge that persistent upstate/downstate divide, SUNY hosted its first of six public forums today at its Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, to examine how New York can stay competitive globally.
Here are five solutions offered by three panelists from business and academia.