In 2011, our Administration introduced the City of New York's first Digital Roadmap with a simple goal: making New York the nation's number one digital city, in both the private and public sectors. In just two years, we have made tremendous progress towards that goal.
New York City's Digital Leadership: 2013 Roadmap serves as a progress report, outlining the results to date of 40 initiatives. Across New York — in our schools, libraries, and community centers — our digital programs are increasing affordable broadband access and helping people improve their technological literacy and computer skills. The Roadmap also details our first Digital Cities Symposium, which we convened to share these kinds of proven ideas with other innovative cities around the world.
The future of the global economy, in every industry, is tied to technology — and the future for cities that recognize this fact is very bright. Here in New York, our Administration has established a network of business incubators, including tech incubators. We also launched an entrepreneurial fund for tech companies, which has provided seed money to the first winner of our “Big Apps” competition.
In the private sector, tech startups and established companies now employ more than 120,000 New Yorkers, an increase of 30 percent since 2005. Once Cornell and the Technion Institute of Technology open their world-class applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, we will attract even more talented engineers and computer scientists. And, after they graduate, we look forward to them starting their own businesses right here in the five boroughs.
Thanks to these efforts and more, New York City is strengthening our position as a leader of the 21st century economy. As we strive to keep our city a capital of tech innovation and entrepreneurship, I invite you to learn more about our work in the 2013 Roadmap.