NEW YORK, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York on Thursday said that the city puts workforce development at the heart of the strategy for spurring recovery from the recession.
Addressing delegates representing 28 international cities during a Job Creation and Workforce Development Summit, Bloomberg said that "we are confident that our Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan will fuel a strong economic recovery, but in the short term, the pain created by this recession is very real. That's why the exchange of information and ideas at this summit is so helpful."
Hosted by New York City Global Partners, Inc., with Columbia University and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Local Economic and Employment Development Programme, the summit is a two-day international meeting of government officials and policymakers and addresses the important role of cities in responding to the global economic crisis through job training and business development policies.
The summit was attended by delegations from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, London, Miami, New York, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto and other cities.
Panels of experts presented their best practices in providing training and placement services to jobseekers and helping businesses attract and retain talent.
In workshops, special attention was paid to how government works best with business, labor, higher education, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough.
Located on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, New York City consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The city's 2007 estimated population exceeds 8.3 million people.
Taken together, the initiatives that the city has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.