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NYCEDC Hosts First Gov2.0 Tech Forum About Procurement Opportunities in City IT Innovation


More than 200 start-up, small and medium-sized tech companies attended

Fostering technology innovation and entrepreneurship is part of the City’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today hosted the first Gov2.0 Tech Forum designed to educate start-up, small and medium-sized tech companies about the City’s evolving use of technology, and help these companies become involved in the City’s IT processes. The one-day forum held at Digital Sandbox at 55 Water Street in Lower Manhattan, included a panel discussion and presentations by City agencies and private sector partners from the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DOITT), Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS), venture capital firms, IBM and Google. More than 200 companies attended.

“Supporting existing and start-up technology and media businesses is a critical component of our Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan and helping more business navigate the City's procurement process is an important part of that," said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber. "New and innovative products will allow the City operate more efficiently and help us retain our talented entrepreneurs and innovators.”

“The Gov2.0 Tech Forum is a great way for companies that otherwise might not be aware of such opportunities to bid on City contracts,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “Facilitating interactions between technology companies and the City will help these businesses understand the nuances involved with City IT procurement, while simultaneously providing the City with the new ideas and expertise that these businesses bring with them.”

The forum is part of the NYC Start-up Procurement Initiative to encourage local start-up companies and established firms to team up on bidding for City IT contracts, and promote other City contracting opportunities for start-ups. It was announced by Mayor Bloomberg on July 6, 2009 as part of NYCEDC’s MediaNYC2020.

The panel discussion on “Innovation and New York City’s Evolving Use of Technology” was moderated by DoITT Commissioner Paul Cosgrave and included IBM Director of Strategy, Global Government Industry, Mark Cleverley; DoITT Chief Technology Officer, Michael Lebow; DFJ Gotham Ventures Managing Partner, Danny Schultz; and Google Northeast Enterprise Director, Kristin Shevis.

MOCS First Deputy Director Andrea Glick, DoITT Chief Contracting Officer Barbara Lederman, SBS Assistant Commissioner Colleen Galvin, and MOCS General Counsel Elisa Velazquez presented opportunities to do businesses with the City and outlined City IT procurement procedures.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.

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