ULI New York hosted a sold-out program and panel discussion at Grand Central Tech titled “Making Room for Tech: How Educational Institutions are Investing in the Workforce of Tomorrow,” which explored plans by some of the largest universities in New York to expand their footprint to accommodate new programs in engineering and technology. Euan Robertson, First Deputy Commissioner of NYC Department of Small Business Services, moderated a distinguished panel of speakers from leading educational institutions that encourage the growth of the tech industry in NYC. Panelists included Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future; Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta, PE, AICP, LEED AP, FRICS, Deputy Director, NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress; Chris McGarry, Director for Entrepreneurship, Columbia University Office of Alumni, Columbia University; and Andrew Winters, Director of Capital Projects & Planning, Cornell Technion.
Panelists’ discussion engaged the audience on the topic of the rapid growth of New York’s tech industry and the need to train a new workforce to support that growth. New York City is becoming the fastest growing tech community in the United States out of Silicon Valley, however, as Chris McGarry explained, “tech startups in NYC need talent.”
The speakers discussed how educational investments in real estate create unique synergies that meet New York City’s needs in the workforce with the support of public-private partnerships that cultivate, enhance and retain the city’s fast growing tech community.
The panel concluded the discussion with Jonathan Bowles noting, “in order to put New York City at the top in tech, NYC must improve business-level bandwidth.”