NYC Digital part of the mayor's office of media and entertainment
Introduction by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

There has never been a more exciting time for New York City tech.

You might expect the Mayor to say that, but those are the words of Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist whose partnership with the Department of Education helped launch the Academy for Software Engineering, a new public high school that will train students for careers in our city's growing technology industry. Leaders such as Fred represent the tremendous momentum our tech sector has right now. Civically active and committed to giving back, New York's tech community is both leading our digital evolution and ensuring our city's preeminence as a capital of innovation.

To build on this progress, our Administration introduced the Road Map for the Digital City in 2011. Outlining our plans for becoming the world's premier digital city, we were the first city to prepare such a strategy. Now, New York City's Digital Road Map: Progress and Innovation demonstrates the strides we have made to date, propelled by a vibrant technology industry, a strong social media presence, infrastructure improvements, and historic investments in education.

 As the 2012 Digital Road Map shows, in just one year, we have already realized 75 percent of the engagement, access, open government, and industry goals we set, with the remainder well underway. City government is engaging more than two million people every month through social media and mobile applications.

We are providing more broadband choices and more Wi-Fi in public spaces, for the benefit of all New Yorkers. We are improving our digital service delivery, even in emergencies, with the help of developers and our powerful open data platform. Finally, we are partnering with the public and private sectors on groundbreaking new initiatives, including the Cornell-Technion Innovation Institute, an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island that will create thousands of jobs, hundreds of new startups, and billions of dollars in economic activity.

This really is an exciting moment in New York City's continuing digital growth. Established companies are locating and expanding in the five boroughs. New companies are forming and growing here, and we are determined to do everything we can to help them thrive. New York is a capital of media, finance, fashion, and many other industries, and more than ever, we are capitalizing on the opportunities that our tech sector offers to our schools, businesses, and entrepreneurs. I invite you to learn morre about these innovations in this important report.

- Michael R. Bloomberg

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