New York's poverty-fighting efforts have been acknowledged by The Harvard Kennedy School. It has awarded a city office that Mayor Michael Bloomberg created six years ago for its work in helping poor people graduate, giving career advice and job training, and counseling them throughout.

The Center for Economic Opportunity has helped poor people find jobs and have better lives. A big part of what made the city office, the Center for Economic Opportunity, so good was how it stayed on top of its work, keeping up with developments in the job market and shifting training to high-growth sectors, reports The New York Times.

For example, it shifted training services away from airport jobs and toward the trucking industry, in response to shifting employment opportunities.