FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBOWNE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC. AWARDED "ON-LINE" NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION SYSTEM PROGRAM
April 11, 2003
David Hamilton, 516-746-2350, ext.1525
Denise Wallin Previti, 212-998-6360
Carol Abrams, 212-863-5176
New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) are pleased to announce the award of a contract to Bowne Management Systems, Inc. (BMS) to design, develop and implement the New York City Housing and Neighborhood Information System (NYCHANIS), an online information system based upon the data presented in the Center's State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods annual reports.
NYCHANIS will be an online, searchable database that will offer a wide range of data services, from borough-level overviews of basic housing and neighborhood indicators to in depth statistical analyses of these indicators at the census tract level. NYCHANIS will provide online mapping functionality that will allow users to create thematic maps via the web browser. It is designed so New Yorkers can access local housing, demographic, and urban planning information to help them make informed decisions.
In addition, NYCHANIS will act as an online Housing and Neighborhood Information Exchange, which will consist of two main components. The first component will be a series of discussion forums where users can post questions or comments and receive answers and feedback from other users, housing experts, and HPD. The second component will be a series of periodically scheduled "town halls" which will allow users to communicate in "real time" concerning issues of housing and community development.
NYCHANIS is funded by the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) of the United States Department of Commerce and grants from several banks and foundations in New York City. The system is expected to be available to the public in the fall of 2003.
ABOUT BOWNE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
Bowne AE&T Group provides superior architecture, engineering and technology services to government, municipalities and private industry. Individually, the three core companies, Sidney B. Bowne & Son LLP, Bowne Management Systems, Inc. and RouteSmart Technologies, Inc. lead the way in their respective business categories of architecture, engineering, IT/GIS solutions and route optimization software. Experience, a commitment to quality, and the seamless integration of today's most powerful technologies, gives the firm the ability to empower the vision of its clients. Bowne AE&T Group has offices in Mineola and Smithtown, NY; Columbia, MD; New Orleans, LA; and Atlanta, GA.
ABOUT THE FURMAN CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE AND URBAN POLICY
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy is a joint research center in the New York University School of Law and The Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Because of this joint status, the Center allows for more opportunities for joint academic programming for students, increased research opportunities for the faculty and Wagner's other research centers, and greater ability to serve the needs of NYU's alumni in the real estate and housing fields. The Furman Center is named in honor of NYU Law alumnus Jay Furman, class of '71, who is a member of New York University School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the NYU Board of Trustees. Michael H. Schill, Professor of Law and Urban Planning, has served as director of the Center since its inception in 1994.
ABOUT THE NYC DEPT. OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1987, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of 204,000 units of affordable housing.