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NYCEDC is working every day to make New York City a global model of a smart, sustainable, resilient, and livable city.

Smart Cities

Rising to the Challenge

Rising populations, aging infrastructure, and climate change pose serious challenges for cities across the world. With 70 percent of cities already dealing with the effects of climate change, and a projected 68 percent of the world projected to be living in cities by 2050, smart cities and urban technologies are essential investments for a sustainable and equitable urban future.

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NYC's share of global urban technology venture capital

New York City is ensuring a more sustainable future for New Yorkers through:

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Number of building across NYC

Through its work in urban innovation and sustainability, NYCEDC is supporting New Yorkers who use advanced technology and innovation to address our most pressing urban challenges, create good-paying jobs, and make our city more livable for all.

The need is critical—NYC has some of the largest infrastructure systems in the world, including public transit, water, waste, and telecommunications. By investing in programs, projects, space, access, resources, and connections across the five boroughs, NYCEDC is leading the charge to improve our city—and the lives of every New Yorker.

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Number of subway stations in NYC—the most in the world

Supporting Innovation

It’s our mission to ensure that companies have the space and resources they need to source and train talent, conduct and amplify research, connect investors to entrepreneurs, pilot new technologies, and demonstrate solutions.

From small businesses across the five boroughs, to growing companies looking to pilot their technologies, to academic institutions or community groups hoping to gain access to the benefits of the tech economy, NYCEDC is helping organizations and businesses across New York City seize the urban tech future.

NYCEDC provides entrepreneurs with access to partners across academia, nonprofit, for-profit, and city organizations, enhancing access to infrastructure, funding, and support that will:

  • Bolster NYC’s urban tech entrepreneurs and companies.
  • Reduce cost burden, offer space, provide access, foster collaboration, and build connections.
  • Ensure that all New Yorkers have access to technologies that improve individual lives and strengthen the sustainability and resiliency of communities.
Wind Energy
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Jobs supported by the Urbantech Hubs at New Lab and at Company

With 9,000 startups, $70B in total startup valuations and exits each year, and 100+ accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces, the city is poised to lead the smart cities revolution. NYCEDC is hard at work addressing the needs of today, while preparing for the needs of tomorrow—empowering our resilient and forward-thinking city.

Climate Technology

Climate technology, technology to address the effects of climate change, is one area of focus and growth for the city, including:

  • City-driven renewable energy projects (e.g., offshore wind) to generate demand for climate tech, create jobs, and lead to private investment
  • Programs and private funding to support climate tech startups
  • Challenges and competitions to promote innovative solutions, such as the Clean Neighborhoods Challenge
  • A growing community of climate tech incubators and accelerators, such as Urban Future Lab
New York’s thriving urban technology community is a natural byproduct of what happens when you allow diversity, entrepreneurship, and ambition to collide in one of the greatest cities in the world.
Jeff Merritt
Head of Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities at World Economic Forum
Rise NYC. Photo courtesy of Dattner Architects.


Helping NYC small businesses adapt to climate change through innovative technologies.

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Key Documents
  • Lower Manhattan Climate Resiliency Study The City's comprehensive climate change strategy for Lower Manhattan.
  • Urbantech NYC Digital Brochure Using tech to solve New York City’s most pressing urban challenges.
  • The Grid Digital Brochure A partner network for the urban tech community in New York City.

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