Rising to the Challenge: CALM Energy


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By Royce Gene, Intern, Urban Innovation & Sustainability, Center for Economic Transformation 

New York’s power grid is old, unreliable and increasingly more strained–and it doesn’t take a Superstorm Sandy to prove it.

On hot summer days in the city, the vulnerability of our system can be just as apparent.

NYC-based smart grid company CALM Energy has developed a product that can help address this challenge, without requiring billions in capital investments to the grid.

Their product, 

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Meet NYCEDC's Urban Assembly Interns


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Hi, our names are Viany Mejia and Theodore Perry.

We attend the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in East Harlem and have had the opportunity to intern with NYCEDC's Ports and Transportation department this summer. It's been a busy one!

As part of our internship at NYCEDC, we participated in the APA’s Youth In Planning Program. During the weeklong program, we worked on an urban planning project at La Marqueta, a NYCEDC...

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Behind the Scenes NYC with Untapped Cities: Staten Island



By Marcela DeLorenzo, NYCEDC Social Media Advisory Council Member and Guest Blogger 

Welcome to the new frontier. 

On July 25, I attended an enlightening behind the scenes walking tour of Staten Island.

Hosted by NYCEDC and Untapped Cities as part of the Behind the Scenes NYC tour series, the tour covered the developing areas of St....

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Helping Brooklyn's Youth Build Strong, Sustainable Futures at Reconnect Bakery


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Reconnect Bakery may look like your typical business, but something very special is happening behind the counter.

The bakery is fully staffed by young people and residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is part of a unique model for providing entry-level job opportunities to New Yorkers in need. 

Reconnect, a Brooklyn not-for-profit, operates a bakery, café, and graphic design company in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood and serves as a much-needed source of employment in the high-poverty area.

Founded in 2010 in response to youth violence, Reconnect’s mission is two-fold: to give young...

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Rising to the Challenge: FW Brown and Flood Panel


Superstorm Sandy's powerful winds and unprecedented high waves devastated New York City's coastline.

A record-setting thirteen-foot storm surge inundated subway tunnels, office buildings, and businesses, causing billions in flood damage and revealing our coastline’s vulnerability in an era of rising sea levels.

F. William Brown LLC, in conjunction with Flood Panel, LLC. offers a full range of flood protection services to protect small businesses from the threat of flooding and costly flood damage in the face of a future storm.

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July Economic Snapshot: TAMI Sector in New York City


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By Christian Johnson, Economic and Research Analysis Research Fellow

TAMI—an acronym for Technology, Advertising, Media, and Information—is a term used to describe fast growing, innovative industries. 

In the July 2015 Economic Snapshot, we explore the employment trends and growth of the TAMI sector in New York City. 

TAMI includes subsectors such as app and software development, research and development, and broadcasting. These industries are often characterized by...

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Shooting For The Moon


By Katie Rosman and Matthew Weinberg, Center for Economic Transformation 

The term “moonshot” has come to define a breakthrough technological solution to a pressing, global-scale problem. 

Examples range from giant underwater buoys that harness the renewable power of wave motion to durable balloons that beam internet connectivity to disconnected geographies.

"Moonshots help drive the radical solutions that are necessary to solve some of humanity's toughest challenges," says Katy Kasmai, Google Program Manager and founder of “They propel humanity forward because they challenge our assumptions about...

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Maria Torres-Springer Takes The Helm As NYCEDC President



We are thrilled to welcome Maria Torres-Springer back to NYCEDC!

After being appointed President and CEO last month, Maria Torres-Springer steps into her new role at NYCEDC today.

Maria comes to NYCEDC from her post as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Small Business Services, where she focused the agency’s work around three key pillars: creating good jobs, stronger businesses, and a fairer economy.

From overseeing first-of-its kind...

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Imagine Your #FutureNYC



What's Your #FutureNYC Vision?

That’s the question we posed to attendees at last Thursday’s launch of the sixth annual BigApps competition, NYC’s premier civic tech initiative and the largest civic innovation competition in the country.

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BigApps challenges New Yorkers to build tools that help solve our city’s most...

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10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch



By Jake Mansoor, Intern, Media and Emerging Tech Desk at the Center for Economic Transformation

A Wireless Epilepsy Detector. Carbon Microtubes. Robots.

Exciting innovations lie ahead of us but many are, in fact, already here—thanks to some young New York City innovators!

Ten students under the age of twenty were recently lauded for their achievements in technology and innovation at the city’s first ever

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