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In the news: CGR wraps up a study of the possible merger of the Village and Town of Massena, NY. In the past decade, we’ve led more than two dozen impartial studies on whether reorganizing local government could improve public services and lower costs for residents.
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CGR teamed up with the Wisconsin Policy Forum to examine options for intergovernmental partnership in light of the large proposed Foxconn project for Greater Racine. The reports conclude that residents would benefit if local governments work together to plan and implement needed enhancements to fire, emergency, parks, and recreation service – particularly if demand for services increases as development proceeds.
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CGR's president and CEO, Erika Rosenberg, discusses CGR’s 100-plus year history and how the nonprofit organization serves both the Rochester community and communities across the country through research and data-driven analysis. As the agency’s newly-named president and CEO, Erika talks about her own history with CGR and her goals for the organization.
The Ibero-American Action League Friday gave its first State of the Latino Community report, highlighting a growing population in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and two key messages: si se puede and no más.
The presentation was based in part on CGR's December 2018 demographic report on the local Latino community.
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CGR is pleased to announce the completion of two studies of the capacity building needs and assets of the nonprofit organizations in Western New York and Central New York. Funded by the Western New York Nonprofit Support Group, the Western New York study focuses on a nine-county region. The Central New York study was funded by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and covers an eight-county region.
For both studies, CGR partnered with Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, (soon to be called CoNECT- Community Network for Engagement, Connection and Transformation) a support organization providing education, networking, and support to ensure all people and communities have the resources and power they need to realize their full potential for health and well-being, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The study included best-practice research, nonprofit surveys, interviews with nonprofit leaders and support organizations, and a series of focus groups throughout both geographies. Special emphasis was placed on capturing and highlighting the voices of smaller, grass-roots and rural groups that often do not have access to traditional capacity building resources, and the study design drew on principles and practices from community-based participatory research in which the nonprofit community helped to frame the study.
The Joint Shared Services Working Committee interviewed three consultants. It opted for the Center for Governmental Research Inc. because the consultant had helped Princeton during the consolidation process, when the former Princeton Borough and former Princeton Township merged to create one town.
The CGR Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of CGR Principal Erika Rosenberg as President and Chief Executive Officer. The board approved Ms. Rosenberg to succeed Joseph Stefko as leader of the 104-year-old research and consulting organization at a special meeting today.
Ms. Rosenberg joined CGR in 2005 after a career in journalism including posts at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Gannett News Service in Albany. Over the past 14 years, she has led the organization’s expanding portfolio of work with nonprofits and foundations in community indicators, evaluation, asset mapping and landscape scans, and other projects. She has directed a variety of projects critical to communities, including CGR’s study of the City of Rochester’s Civilian Review Board, which helped the City evaluate options for increasing police accountability, and a partnership with the United Way of Greater Rochester helping frame community needs and possible investment strategies for the future. Her work has helped expand CGR’s footprint beyond New York State, with projects in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas.
“Erika embodies CGR’s mission of improving communities through data, analysis and consultation,” said Board Chairman Victor Salerno. “With more than a decade of experience as a researcher, project director and practice area leader at CGR, she hits the ground running and will do a terrific job leading CGR into its next phase of impactful community work.”
The online interactive map and accompanying report, funded by the Walmart Foundation, shows food sources throughout Benton and Washington Counties in Arkansas along with socioeconomic and demographic data related to food insecurity. The map and analysis will not only help identify service gaps but also help funders and nonprofits work together to strengthen the overall food security network in northwest Arkansas. Listen to an-depth report about the study and ensuing community efforts by the region’s NPR station.
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Senior Associate David Riley discusses our economic analysis of T-Mobile's plans to open a Customer Experience Center in Henrietta, NY with up to 1,300 jobs.