EDC QUEENS UPDATES!

Here are a few updates from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for our borough of Queens and much of the five boroughs. Updates consist of NYC Ferry, the opening of Coney Island, and much more.

Be sure to check out Rockawayprimetime.net every Saturday for your weekly updates.

NYCEDC to Award Nearly $80 Million in Projects to M/W/DBE Construction Management Firms
The Observer reported on NYCEDC’s announcement that it is entering retainer contracts with Minority, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (M/W/DBE) firms Noble Strategy, Armand, and McKissack and McKissack to oversee projects valued at nearly $80 million as part of the ConstructNYC program.
Digital Health Marketplace
As reported in State Scoop and Government Technology, NYCEDC announced the 2017 launch of our signature digital health initiatives to support both growth-stage and early-stage startups and grow the digital health sector in New York City.

NYCEDC’s Digital Heath Marketplace, in partnership with Health 2.0, will award $250,000 this year to help growth-stage health tech startups pilot their technologies in healthcare institutions.

NYCEDC, in partnership with HITLAB, is also announcing the selection of four companies to participate in the Digital Health Breakthrough Network an initiative for early-stage startups to test their products with end-users and strengthen their connection to New York City’s healthcare and technology sectors.

Coney Island Opens for the 2017 Season
Join the opening day festivities at Coney Island on Sunday, April 9! NYCEDC President James Patchett will speak at 11:30am at the newly refurbished Coney Island Cyclone.

Read more about it in AM New York.
Bedford Union Armory 
Geoffrey Davis, 43rd Assembly Democratic District Leader, shared his views on the Bedford Union Armory Project in Kings County Politics. “We have a chance to transform the Bedford-Union Armory into a quality recreational center that will finally give our young people the safe space and programs they need to explore their passions.”

Rev. Dr. Daryl G. Bloodsaw, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, asked the Crown Heights community to unify and work together to revitalize the Bedford-Union Armory.  “If we kill the deal, we won’t get any more affordable housing. We will get nothing.” Read his full statement in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
NYC Department of Transportation
How do you move around New York City? Help the New York City Department of Transportation understand your needs by sharing where you go, how you travel, and what you would do to make the system even better. Click here to take the survey.
IN2NYC
Applications are now open for the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), an NYCEDC program created to help international entrepreneurs build their businesses in New York City and create jobs for New Yorkers. Apply here!
Futureworks NYC
Are you a startup looking to scale and connect with local NYC supply chains? Whether you’re prototyping the next invention, preparing for crowdfunding or just closed a Series A, Futureworks Incubator is for you.

Futureworks NYC is a key component of the mayor’s Industrial Action Plan to help to emerge and existing manufacturers adopt advanced technologies and increase local production. Applications close April 10, 2017, apply here.
SolarizeNYC
New York City is leading the Northeast in solar panel installations. According to City Lab, “In 2016, the number of residential projects across the five boroughs rose to more than 5,300 from 186 in 2011—the majority being located in Staten Island and Queens.”

Are you interested in going solar? We’re looking for community partners, businesses, and community development corporations to participate in Solarize NYC, a citywide initiative to expand solar. For any questions, email us at nysolar@cuny.edu.

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