Apply for Up to $30,000 in Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative Grants!


Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative grants help startups like Sunhouse fund engineers, assist with product development, hire strategic consultants, and obtain other advanced manufacturing tools. The Sunhouse Sensory Percussion drum kit is revolutionizing the instrument. Credit: Sunhouse

NYCEDC is proud to announce the second round of Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative grants for early-stage advanced manufacturing companies. If you are a manufacturing startup or developing advanced manufacturing technologies, you could receive up to $30,000 in funding to support your growth here in New York City. No strings attached.

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State of Manufacturing in New York City


To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, the Economic Research and Analysis team at NYCEDC looked at trends in the manufacturing industry in New York City. We found that the sector is on the rise, employing over 78,000 workers in 2015, or 2.1% of the city’s private sector employees. Specifically, since 2011, employment in manufacturing has grown 3.3% in the City. The size of manufacturing establishments is also expanding, with the average New York manufacturer employee base growing +8.1% in the last year alone.

Economists at Moody’s are also predicting that manufacturing will contribute an increasing amount to Gross City Product (GCP) over the next several decades (see below figure),...

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The NYCEDC Innovation Index: A Closer Look


Take an in-depth look at each of the metrics by visiting our interactive Innovation Index at

The Economic Research & Analysis (ERA) team at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) updates their Innovation Index in order to quantify and monitor the status of innovation in New York City. NYCEDC is interested in innovation because it has long been at the forefront of economic analysis. While some economists argue that innovation is crucial for economic growth, others claim that it is only a natural by...

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From Yvonne Stennett: The Future of Inwood Relies on Us


Dear Neighbor,

As the Executive Director of the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), a community development organization dedicated to supporting and empowering all residents in Inwood and Washington Heights, I actively work on addressing an array of community needs, from finding affordable housing to getting better education, from providing health and youth services to revitalizing our neighborhood. CLOTH’s simple philosophy is that our doors are always open to neighbors in need and Inwood is one of our core areas of focus.

Inwood is a hidden treasure, with amazing parks and cultural assets, as well as many existing affordable rental units. Over the years, CLOTH...

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Feast on Savory Stats: Fourth of July Hot Dog Prices Drop


How do Americans celebrate Fourth of July? NYCEDC analyzed the Independence Day traditions of everyday Americans to answer this very question.

As expected, many Americans will attend outdoor parties, join in on barbecues, and spend the evening gazing at the fireworks. Thousands of spectators will also travel to Coney Island for Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest.[1] This is no average year for the best-of-the-wurst Nathan’s: the iconic hot dog vendor is celebrating its 100th anniversary, totaling over 435 million sausages sold at its 40...

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NYCEDC Launches Global Business Exchange with Milan


NYCEDC Launches Global Business Exchange with Milan

First Exchange Program since Paris to Launch as Part of the NYCEDC Global Business Exchange

At the World Trade Week Awards Breakfast earlier this week, NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer announced the opening of applications for the NYCEDC Global Business Exchange — Milan. The Exchange, in partnership with the 

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NYCxDESIGN Returns: May 3 - May 17


On May 3rd, 2016, NYCxDESIGN, New York City's official celebration of global design, returns for its fourth year. 

NYCxDESIGN was created in collaboration with the New York City Council in 2013 with a goal to showcase the important role that the design industry plays in the City’s economy, and to entice design enthusiasts from around the world to visit and explore NYC’s rich diversity of design offerings. Managed by NYC & Company and NYCEDC and informed by a Steering Committee composed of leaders...

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April Economic Snapshot: Biodiversity in NYC


A closer look at New York City’s biodiversity.

Coyotes in Inwood Park, beavers in the East River, and a Painted Bunting in Brooklyn…in our concrete jungle, it can be easy to think that nature exists somewhere else, but the city’s five boroughs are home to an extraordinary number of habitats and species. In honor of Earth Day, our monthly snapshot takes a closer look at New York City’s biodiversity.

New York City sits at the mouth of the Hudson River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Freshwater, saltwater, wetlands, and woodlands all make up parts of the cities ecosystem, but plants and animals have also found interesting ways to adapt to...

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Sunshine in the City: The Power of Solar in NYC


When you think about solar panels, a New York City rooftop is likely not the first place you envision. But NYC’s high costs of electricity and progressive renewable energy policies make going solar in the five boroughs not only feasible, but economical.

As a member of the NYC Solar Partnership, NYCEDC works to support the deployment of renewable energy and the companies that make solar possible in New York City.


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Rising to the Challenge: NYC Daylighting Inc.


By Nicole Spina and Kokei Otosi, Urban Innovation & Sustainability, Center for Economic Transformation

Solatube Daylighting Systems create a more resilient New York by bringing daylight indoors. 

When Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, Rockaway residents and business owners Mike and Susan Shea were firsthand witnesses to the devastation. While they worked to repair their home and family business, the dire situation highlighted an opportunity for the Sheas to strengthen the resiliency of their own community by decreasing its reliance on the power grid.

The Sheas are long-time owners of Rockaway-based NYC Daylighting, a...

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