Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan unveiled
June 18, 2013
After nearly a year-long process that involved meeting with hundreds of stakeholders in the community, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition unveiled its Strategic Plan today, a blueprint that could help New York City overtake Silicon Valley as the top tech hub in the nation.
Focused on the areas between Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Plan calls for enhancing workforce development, increasing the availability of affordable real estate, and improving transportation and placemaking.
Speaking at an Association for a Better New York breakfast event held at NYU-Poly, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Tucker Reed outlined five key challenges identified in the study – as well as a number of new initiatives that are already being implemented as a result. Projects spearheaded by the Tech Triangle coalition include a new Master Lessee program, which would designate the Partnership to oversee a portfolio of long-term commercial leases; the B67 bus extension from Downtown and DUMBO that will go through the Navy Yard; a web developer training program and a clean-tech incubator to be located in Downtown Brooklyn.
Additionally, in order to create areas that are vibrant and attractive to tech and creative companies, the Plan includes a series of space improvements – from new cafes to an urban dog run to an ambitious plan for an observational hot air balloon overlooking the Tech Triangle.
The initiatives were produced from a collaborative process led by wxy architecture + urban design and involving local tech firms, entrepreneurs, government representatives, real estate firms, residents, civic leaders, and educators.
Some of the initiatives are projects that would leverage funding from both private and public sources and provide long-term benefits that exceed the up-front costs. In other cases, the initiatives will require City officials or State officials to make policy changes that support the growing tech community.
“This plan is simply the next page in the ongoing story of Brooklyn’s creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Reed. “And while we are focused on our work here, it is our humble hope that some of the concepts, policy prescriptions and models we pilot here in the Triangle enjoy broad applications all along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront that are facing similar challenges and opportunities. And in doing so help support job and tax base growth that makes our City as a whole stronger and more competitive in the years to come.”