• Cornell Tech Campus
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • NYC EDC – Intra-City Ferry
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • YMCA of Greater New York

Economic Impact Analysis   +   Economic Development   +   Public Policy & Social Research   +   Strategic Planning

 

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Appleseed is a New York City-based economic consulting firm that provides economic impact analysis studies, economic development planning, social research and analysis, and strategic planning and program development services to government, non-profit and corporate clients.

Founded in 1993, the firm has extensive experience in providing economic and community impact analyses for major U.S. universities, health care and cultural institutions, as well as analyses of the economic and community impacts of a wide range of real estate development projects.

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economic impact of cornell university

As a direct result of Cornell University’s 2007 economic impact study, developed by Appleseed, I have been better able to articulate the university’s complex and diverse role in the economies of the town, the county, the region, and New York State. In addition, the valuable information generated by the Appleseed report has been utilized by our senior administration, the Board of Trustees, and governmental representatives to assess how effectively Cornell uses its resources to carry out its missions of teaching, research and public service.

Joanne DeStefano, VP Financial Affairs
Cornell University

Recent Projects

 

 

Restoring Growth, Expanding Opportunity - The Economic Impact of UVI

University of the Virgin Islands

Restoring Growth, Expanding Opportunity – The Economic Impact of UVI

Coming off the lingering effects of a worldwide financial crisis and a severe recession, the loss of its largest manufacturing enterprise, and the demands of an increasingly interconnected and highly competitive global economy, the U.S. Virgin Islands is facing an array of challenges to its economic future. The University of the Virgin Islands commissioned Appleseed to assess UVI’s current impacts on the economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands and to highlight recent initiatives through which the University is seeking to strengthen the Territory’s and the region’s economy.

Location: U.S. Virgin Islands
Completion date: June, 2014

Full report

A Port Authority that Works

Port Authority of NY & NJ

A Port Authority that Works

The Port Authority faced intense scrutiny following the George Washington Bridge scandal. Appleseed, in collaboration with the NYU Rudin Center, provided a series of recommendations on how the organization could be restructured in order to ensure greater transparency and accountability, and suggested that the organization prioritize its transportation-related assets as its strategy going forward.

Location: New York, NY
Completion date: March 2014

Full report

Local Roots, Global Reach - The Economic Impact of the Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design

Local Roots, Global Reach – The Economic Impact of SCAD

Appleseed examined SCAD’s impact on the Savannah and Georgia economies, as an employer, a buyer of goods and services, a sponsor of major construction projects, and a developer of human capital. As one of the leading design schools in the world, Appleseed also focused on the role that the college has played in revitalizing and preserving downtown Savannah.

Location: Savannah, GA
Completion date: September 2013

Full report

Here for Good - The Impact of the YMCA of Greater NY on NYC's Economy

YMCA of Greater New York

Here for Good – The Impact of the YMCA of Greater NY on NYC’s Economy

Appleseed analyzed the multiple ways in which the YMCA of Greater New York contributes to the vitality of the city’s economy. The firm outlined the YMCA’s current economic impact as an enterprise – as an employer, a buyer of goods and services, and a sponsor of construction projects – and examined the long-term benefits that the city derives from the Y’s current investments in youth development, healthy living and community-building. It also included a focus on the neighborhood-level impact of a local branch – the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA.

Location: New York, NY
Completion date: February 2013

Full report

Johns Hopkins Lives Here

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Lives Here

For Johns Hopkins, Appleseed examined the university’s impact as a significant enterprise in its own right – as an employer, a buyer of goods and services from Maryland companies, and a sponsor of major construction projects. Appleseed also discussed the ways in which Johns Hopkins contributes to the Baltimore and Maryland economies through activities related to its mission – through undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that contribute to the development of human capital, research that strengthens the economy and addresses issues of critical concern to the region, and through its commitment to public service. Appleseed’s report included a focus on the university’s role in the revitalization of East Baltimore, one of the city’s largest low-income communities.

Location: Baltimore, MD
Completion date: May 2011

Full report

Full report

Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study

NYC Economic Development Corporation

Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study

Between 2005 and 2010, Appleseed assisted the NYC Economic Development Corporation in developing a plan to expand privately-operated intra-city ferry service and evaluate its potential to stimulate economic development on the waterfront. Appleseed’s work on intra-city ferry service was incorporated into PLANYC 2030, the strategic plan prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and released by Mayor Bloomberg in April 2007. Appleseed’s most recent work was used to inform pilot ferry services on the East River beginning in 2011.

Location: New York, NY
Completion date: March 2011

Full report

Meeting National Needs, Creating Opportunities for Growth

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Meeting National Needs, Creating Opportunities for Growth

Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of just six multi-program national labs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is the only national lab located in the Northeast. It is also one of New York State’s largest centers of scientific research and a major contributor to the growth of Long Island’s technology-based economy. At a time when the recovery of the state’s economy depends on its capacity for innovation, Brookhaven represents a uniquely valuable resource – both as a major science-based enterprise, and as a source of the scientific discovery and technological innovation on which growth depends. Appleseed’s report examined Brookhaven’s impact on the economy of Long Island and New York State as a whole, both as a major science-based enterprise in its own right and through its mission of research, technology development, and deployment and education.

Location: Upton, NY
Completion date: March 2011

Full report

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