Mayor Bloomberg is on a mission to attract the nations top tech talent to New York City. Yesterday, he announced the plans for a 2nd high-tech campus in downtown Brooklyn. The Center for Urban Science and Progress will open in 2013 and is spearheaded by NYU, with numerous collaborators in academia and industry, including IBM and Cisco. The center will first open in rented space before moving to a permanent space at 370 Jay Street in 2017.
This is in addition to the plans to build a two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
The mayor even pointed out that there may be more announcements in the future for campuses like these. The city is still in discussion with Columbia and Carnegie Mellon about other opportunities.
It seems NYC is pushing to become a leader in the tech scene just as hard and fast as any other city out there. A recent city cited NYC as the fast growing city for cloud computing jobs, adding 100,000 by 2015.
While it’s still a few years before these campuses will be fully up and running the infrastructure is in place for New York to battle with Silicon Valley for the nations top tech talent.