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Posted on February 11, 2019

New York City launches urban tech community program

Originally Published in StateScoop on February 7, 2019
Written by Benjamin Freed

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and CIV: LAB, a nonprofit that promotes urban innovation, announced this week the creation of a new organization designed to serve as a network for the city’s tech community. The Grid, as the program is being called, will include 70 organizations including representatives from the tech industry, investment firms, and academic institutions.

The Grid is also an extension of NYCEDC’s Urbantech NYC program, which promotes tech-industry jobs and investment in the city. The new effort, according to a press release, will include networking events, collaborative projects and other programming for its inaugural participants. The full list of members has not been disclosed, but the Grid will be run by a steering committee that includes major corporations including Accenture and Samsung, nonprofits like the technology collective Civic Hall, and business development groups such the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship go hand in hand in the technology sector and play a critical role in our city’s economy and future,” Paul Vallone, who chairs the New York City Council’s economic development committee, said in a press release. “As a global leader in tech, New York City must continue to explore ways to support the diverse talent pool and entrepreneurial interest that drives its growth.”

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