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BCW Business Council of Westchester featured Pace's Career Services in "Pace University Extends Career Services to Students’ Parents Who Have Lost Jobs"

05/28/2020

BCW Business Council of Westchester featured Pace's Career Services in "Pace University Extends Career Services to Students’ Parents Who Have Lost Jobs"

In mid-May, Pace University began offering its career services resources to students’ parents who have lost jobs. In addition to extending its career services, Pace University is providing supplies for front-line health care workers; sending volunteers to regional hospitals and medical centers; and marshaling its resources to assist those who need help.

“To lose a job in the middle of a pandemic – the team is heartbroken to think how overwhelmed some of our students’ families must feel now” said Phyllis Mooney, executive director of Career Services at Pace University. “This is where we can, and are happy to help, no matter what kind of job a Pace parent is looking for.”

Each year the department of Career Services brings more than 450 employers to its campuses through 12 career fairs and other networking events, connects students to companies in accounting, media and entertainment, nonprofits, health care, science and technology.

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Patch featured President Marvin Krislov in "BCW's Westchester Economic Recovery Task Force Moves Forward"

05/08/2020

Patch featured President Marvin Krislov in "BCW's Westchester Economic Recovery Task Force Moves Forward"

Task Force representing broad cross-section of economic sectors to make recommendations to Governor and County Executive on reopening          

As New York State prepares to begin reopening its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Business Council of Westchester's Economic Recovery Task Force is forging ahead with developing a comprehensive plan to provide specific recovery measures and recommendations keyed to assisting Westchester's diverse business and not-for-profit sectors.

The Task Force, comprised of more than 40 leaders from a broad spectrum of economic sectors across Westchester, met today to begin development of a strategic plan for providing coordinated assistance to businesses as the County's economy reemerges from the unprecedented pandemic. An important initial step will be the convening of a virtual Town Hall meeting for all BCW members to solicit their ideas and gain direct input.

"As we emerge from this crisis it is critically important that we have the strategies and plans in place that will let us hit the ground running,'' said BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon. "We will work in cooperation and coordination with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Westchester County Executive George Latimer to provide them with specific recommendations based on the suggestions that emerge from our key business sectors."

She added: "We are confident that the impressive group of leaders we have brought together can and will provide the wisdom, insight and creative thinking to enable the creation of constructive and practical plans for moving forward. Clearly, a measured and thoughtful reopening of our economy is crucial to every resident of our county and state and the Business Council of Westchester is fully committed to helping make this happen."

At the state level, Governor Cuomo has formed the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board which includes members of the BCW as the state pursues a phased plan to re-open New York on a regional basis. County Executive Latimer is leading the county government's response, and Westchester Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons is a member of the BCW Task Force.

The BCW's Task Force emerged from its Coalition for Smart Growth in Westchester, which includes the leading real estate development companies working in the county. The Task Force began with a core group of members from that group that has quickly been augmented with representatives from key economic sectors including Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare, Biotech, Technology, Higher Education, Arts & Entertainment, Professional Services, Recreation, Finance, Insurance, Title Insurance, Transportation, Not-for-Profit and Government.

BCW Westchester Economic Development Task Force Members

Marvin Krislov, Pace University - Higher Education

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"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University in "Pace University Contributes Nearly $360 Million to Westchester’s Economy"

10/18/2019

"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University in "Pace University Contributes Nearly $360 Million to Westchester’s Economy"

Pace University contributed $359.9 million to the regional economy and was responsible for more than 1,500 jobs in Westchester County.

In releasing an economic analysis for its Westchester campuses last week, President Marvin Krislov, a member of the BCW Board, was joined by Westchester’s Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, Pleasantville Mayor Peter Sherer and key business leaders, all of whom emphasized the significant economic, educational and cultural impact that the University has on the region.

“Pace University creates the opportunities that drive our students to successful careers and lives,” said Krislov. “We’re also proud to help our Westchester community succeed, by bringing jobs, people, and spending to the area and driving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact each year.”

“These figures are impressive, and tell an important story,” said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “We’ve always known that Pace University plays an integral role in the economic, cultural and educational fabric of Westchester County, and this report exemplifies just how important Pace is to the regional economy.”

The economic analysis, prepared by The Helene T. and Grant M. Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University, examined payroll, construction, procurement, and other data such as student and visitor spending on meals, entertainment, transportation, and local retail from 2017 (the latest data available) – all of which translated into hundreds of millions of dollars in spending that created jobs and opportunities for people in Westchester and surrounding communities.

“Westchester County is proud to be home to universities and colleges that are among the best in the nation – and Pace University is certainly one of them,” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said. “Pace has generated a boost to Westchester’s local economy on many levels, with spending totaling nearly $360 million between visitor spending, off-campus purchases and the thousands of students who live, study and work around the campus. Westchester County is proud to partner with institutions like Pace to create greater economic activity now, and educate the next generation for our future.”

Some of the highlights of the report include:

  • Pace’s 200-acre Pleasantville campus and its Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains enrolled over 4,300 students, employed over 1,500 people (full-and-part-time), and attracted 91,000 visitors to the area — factors that added $360 million in spending to the regional economy.
  • Students from both campuses in Westchester spent $35 million off-campus at area businesses. In Pleasantville, students spent $24.3 million on off-campus housing, food, entertainment, and retail, which generated $42.7 million in overall economic activity, $11.1 million in earnings, and supported 359 jobs.
  • Sporting events, such as games, tournaments and camps on campus drew 142,487 attendees who spent $5.4 million at local restaurants, hotels and local retail stores.
  • Pace withheld more than $42 million in FICA and federal taxes, $9.5 million in state and local taxes from all of its New York City and Westchester employees; paid $522,220 in the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility (MTA) tax; and paid nearly $1.5 million in property taxes.
  • Pace students contribute 21,000 volunteer hours to local organizations each year.
  • Over the past five years, Pace has invested $293 million in its Westchester campuses.
  • Collectively, Pace University has approximately 150,000 alumni, with more than 65% of Pace alumni living in the New York metropolitan area.

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"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University in "Pace Unveils Major Renovations of Downtown Campus"

02/01/2019

"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University in "Pace Unveils Major Renovations of Downtown Campus"

Congratulations to Pace University which this week opened the newly renovated spaces in its signature downtown campus structure, One Pace Plaza, and the adjacent historic building, 41 Park Row. 

The campus buildings, across the street from City Hall park and at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, have undergone extensive modernization and technology upgrades as part of Pace’s New York City Master Plan, creating more effective spaces for the university community. The renovations began in the summer of 2017 and were made possible by generous donors, including successful Pace alumni. 

“This is a great moment for Pace University, for our students, faculty, and staff, and for our neighbors,” said Marvin Krislov, Pace University’s president. “Our transformed spaces at One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row replace concrete walls with glass ones and open Pace up to New York. We’re connecting with our community and helping our students look toward their futures.”

The opening of the newly renovated Manhattan campus is part of an overall transformation of Pace University’s campuses. In 2016, Pace put the finishing touches on a $100 million transformation of its Pleasantville campus.

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"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University Haub Law Professor Mimi Rocah in "BCW Political Leadership Series Offers Midterm Election Preview"

11/02/2018

"Business Council of Westchester" featured Pace University Haub Law Professor Mimi Rocah in "BCW Political Leadership Series Offers Midterm Election Preview"

With just six days left before one of the most important midterm elections in recent memory, the Business Council of Westchester’s Political Leadership Series presented a timely and highly informative program featuring state political leaders and commentators. Titled Red Wave, Blue Wave: The 2018 Mid-Term Elections, the program was held Wednesday at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox kicked off the program with an overview of statewide and national races. He said the Republicans are looking to pick up a few seats in the Assembly while on the national level there will probably be a Democratic majority in the House with Republicans picking up two or three more seats in the Senate.

He said the governor’s race is “very much about Andrew Cuomo running against President Trump. Not only here but nationally because he wants to be the next President of the United States.” He noted that the results of the past three gubernatorial races in New York show Upstate is “getting redder and redder.”

New York State Democratic Party Executive Director Geoff Berman said there is a “tremendous increase in Democratic participation” in New York. He noted that in the recent Democratic primary for Governor there were three times the number of Democratic voters than in the equivalent primary four years ago. “Governor Cuomo received more Democratic votes in the primary than any governor in New York history. And it wasn’t even a particularly close race,” he said. “People are eager to come out and have their voices heard.”

Berman said healthcare and gun control are among the top issues resonating with Democratic voters this year. “If we pick up two or three or more House seats here in New York, I think that will be indicative of flipping the House Democratic.”

Mimi Rocah, who is MSNBC & NBC Legal Analyst and Pace Law School Distinguished Fellow, warned of political interference in the nation’s justice system. “We are living in a dangerous time when some of our political leaders are inflicting what I believe is untold damage on the institutions that form the basis of our justice system,” said Rocah, who is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

She said there is “an intrusion on the previously well-guarded independence of law enforcement and our justice system in ways that we have simply never seen before.”

She concluded, “This issue is bigger than politics. It’s about security and safety. It’s about the things that are really at the soul of our democracy — the rule of law and independence of our justice system.”

In addition to the election overview by the state political committees, the program also featured “The Battle for the Senate,” with remarks by State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; State Senator Michael Gianaris, who is New York State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Chair, and State Senator Fred Akshar of the 52nd Senate District and Chair of the Senate Labor Committee who represented State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

“Every two years, the BCW presents our political election forum for business leaders to hear how the election will affect the business community and economic development in our region,” said BCW Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Ravitz who noted that the BCW does not endorse political candidates.

Photo caption from left, BCW Executive Vice President and COO John Ravitz; MSNBC & NBC Legal Analyst and Pace Law School Distinguished Fellow Mimi Rocah; BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon and Pace University President Marvin Krislov 

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