Urban Conversations Conference: Strengthening the Middle Class with opening remarks from Congressman Jerry Nadler and featuring speaker Robert Kuttner.
As income disparities between wealthy and working-class families become more pronounced, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing from many American cities. How are leaders working to make their cities livable for middle-income families and affordable for the millions aspiring to gain a foothold in the middle class?
Urban Conversations brings together elected officials and leading thinkers from across the nation to foster fresh perspectives and new insights into the key challenges facing urban America and to discuss strategies for addressing them- The New School
Anne Hess is a dean at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy.
Fred P. Hochberg
Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent increase over the past two years, which supported $34.4 billion worth of exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 US companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses, a record for the bank. The bank also tripled its renewable energy export financing. From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration. Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation.
Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as well as a distinguished senior fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe. He is the author of Obama's Challenge and other books.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler represents New York’s Eighth Congressional district. The Eighth, one of the most diverse districts in the nation, includes Manhattan’s West Side below 89th Street, Lower Manhattan, and areas of Brooklyn including Borough Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst. Congressman Nadler was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 after serving for 16 years in the New York State Assembly.