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Innovation blossoms when smart people connect. That's why cities spawn new ideas and why innovative cities encourage connection. CGR President and Chief Economist Kent Gardner suggests that there is a lesson here for Rochester, NY.
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A largely rural county in Western New York is getting attention state-wide for exploring how to address declining enrollment, fiscal pressures, and educational diparities across its nine school districts. CGR Senior Associate Kirstin Pryor discusses how a regional solution will require work at the state policy level as well as in the communities.
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European debt and national unemployment crises aside, experts agree that some glimmers of hope shine a positive economic light on 2012. CGR President & Chief Economist Kent Gardner explains how the Rochester economy may be setting an example for why such optimism is possible in this week's CGR Brief...
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Another village in NYS about to dissolve, this time in Perrysburg (Cattaraugus County) "following a study by the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research that recommended merging the village into the Town of Perrysburg."
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This week's CGR Brief focuses on a recent Govistics report that ranked states by average state employee salary. Some news outlets in North Dakota (the lowest-ranking state) criticized the report for being too simple, but CGR's Kent Gardner provides some commentary here about how such rankings can serve as the doorway to important policy discussions.
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CGR seeks a highly-motivated policy analyst to provide research support for a wide variety of projects. A successful candidate will possess excellent verbal, written, and analytical skills, as well as quantitative and qualitative research abilities. Advanced coursework or training in economics, statistics, public policy, public administration, or a related field is a must. Experience working with local government is a plus. Send your resume to ssittig@cgr.org.
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Check out today's CGR Brief. Some tips on how to improve your data tracking efforts in the new year, and a job posting. CGR is currently looking to add a new policy analyst to our team. Read on...
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CGR President & Chief Economist Kent Gardner is quoted in this Democrat and Chronicle article on a website that "touts Rochester's achievements or contributions as a means to energize locals to reclaim the community's prominence through entrepreneurship, doing whatever they do bigger or better."
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“These communities have the infrastructure,” said Kent Gardner, president and chief economist of the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester. “They have the commercial buildings, the lodging facilities and access to Interstate 86.”
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ROC the Day for CGR today! For one day only, it's this easy to help out mission-driven non-profit organizations all over the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. Why support CGR? Our rich legacy of serving the public interest benefits people and businesses all over Upstate New York. Also, our projects outside of the region show others that Rochester is a place where great ideas are formed.
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Introduction

George Eastman, the visionary leader who created Eastman Kodak, founded a bureau of municipal research in Rochester NY in 1915 “to get things done for the community” and to serve as an “independent, non-partisan agency for keeping citizens informed.” Over more than 9 decades CGR has grown from a bureau focused on the needs of one city into an organization with far broader reach.

Today, from offices in Rochester and Albany, CGR works to bring clarity to the issues that affect the quality of life in communities, whether inside or outside New York. We work with government, business and nonprofit leaders who drive public policy action and organizational change. We inform and empower leaders by providing fact-based, objective research and analysis and by making recommendations that are achievable. Our clients value the quality of our work, our pragmatic approach and our commitment to remaining independent and non-partisan.

CGR is a nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our major focus areas are government management, economic analysis, public finance, workforce development, program evaluation, children & youth services, health, human services, education, criminal justice, public safety, community profiles, shared services/consolidation, and organizational development. We are also skilled at census data interpretation, strategic planning & facilitation, and surveys & analysis.

In addition to working jointly with the clients CGR serves, we also achieve our mission through special CGR initiatives that are supported by our contributors.