to the size of the economy. Silicon Valley has four times the concentration of engineers in its workforce as New York City.
In December 2010 EDC issued a request for expressions of interest to determine whether academic institutions would be interested in establishing an applied sciences campus in New York City. We heard from 27 institutions from all over the world and the strength of their responses led us to issue a request for proposals in July 2011 to develop a new campus. We offered up to $100 million to assist with infrastructure, buildout, and/or equipment; three city-controlled sites; and technical assistance in exchange for significantly expanding a current academic facility or building a new applied sciences facility.
In December 2011 Mayor Bloomberg announced the selection of Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a $2 billion, 2-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The new Cornell NYC Tech’s first class of full-time students, in January 2013 in a temporary campus at Google’s Chelsea offices, will begin pursuing a one-year Cornell University master of engineering degree in computer science.
In April and July 2012 the city reached agreements with a consortium led by New York University (NYU) to assist in the creation of an additional applied sciences school, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, and with Columbia University to significantly expand its engineering department.
Mayor Bloomberg’s applied sciences initiative will generate billions of dollars of economic activity and create thousands of new jobs connected with the campuses’ construction, operations, and spinoff companies. Cornell NYC Tech, NYU, and Columbia will more than double the number of engineering faculty and graduate students in NYC over the next decade. Taken together, these three new campuses will dramatically transform the city economy’s ability to compete successfully in the 21st century and beyond.