New Photo Exhibition at My Office:
Celebrate our planet’s wild places!
You’re invited to experience Nature: Inspired Moments, photographs by The New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee. To view it, visit my office, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor, New York City, Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 19, 2013.
Meet Manhattan’s Newest Community Board Members:
Learn About the Future of Entrepreneurship in NYC:
Interested in the future of tech and entrepreneurship in NYC? Want to learn how we can grow our innovation-based economy?
Then join me, Union Square Ventures co-founder Fred Wilson, and many more at my Start-up City conference on growing NYC’s economy.
The conference will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss major barriers we face—like the talent gap, poor internet connectivity, and bureaucratic red tape—and how technology is fueling our City’s diverse economy. You can learn more about these issues by reading my #StartUpCity report.
The conference also includes a forum featuring NYC’s mayoral candidates, moderated by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith!
So, want to join us? Then go to the EventBrite page to register today!
A New AIDS Memorial:
Here’s two facts you might not know:
To honor these New Yorkers, I’m committing $1 million for an AIDS memorial that will help NYC remember this crisis and inspire awareness in future generations. Yesterday evening we kicked off the campaign to make this dream a reality!
What are NYC’s Minority and Women Business Enterprises saying? The answer may surprise you:
Over the past few months, my office surveyed 500 M/WBE firms throughout the five boroughs. Today, I’m releasing a new report based on the results. It’s called Growing Gotham: A Survey of New York City’s Minority and Women Business Enterprises and a Roadmap for Economic Growth.
Growing Gotham finds that while the City has done an admirable job certifying M/WBEs, the program has failed where it really counts: getting contracts into the hands of these enterprises. In Fiscal Year 2012, less than 25% of 3,256 certified firms won contracts and only 5% of the City’s $10.5 billion procurement budget was awarded to M/WBEs. In our survey:
Our recommendations include:
By listening to the concerns of entrepreneurs on the ground and shaping reform to suit their needs, the City will ensure that all businesses have an equal opportunity to compete in the procurement process and contribute to the prosperity of the five boroughs.
Denim Day NYC Op-Ed Writing Contest with $2,500 in Prizes:
As you may know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Assault will affect one in five women and girls in her lifetime—more than half when they are between the ages of 12-24. It cuts across all ages, backgrounds and genders but too often goes unreported.
I’m proud to partner with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro on a Denim Day NYC 2013 Op-ed Writing Contest for NYC undergraduate college students in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our offices, in partnership with the Denim Day NYC Planning Committee (New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Crime Victim’s Treatment Center, Start Strong Bronx, YWCA of Brooklyn, Frank and Ruth E. Caruso Foundation, Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) and Steps to End Family Violence) will be co-sponsoring this contest with the goal of celebrating the voices of college students and engaging them to think critically about the issue of sexual assault. This year’s theme is Telling the Truth About Sexual Violence.
The Denim Day 2013 Op-ed Contest is open to New York City undergraduate college students. Students must be currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in a 2 or 4-year undergraduate college or university located in the 5 boroughs of New York City. Read the official rules and help spread the word by circulating this flyer.
One winner from each borough will be selected and will receive a $500 prize. The deadline for submission is April 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST.
We will be recognizing the winners on the steps of City Hall on Denim Day on April 24 at noon. Join us and help us raise awareness about this important campaign.
Even if you can’t join us, please wear jeans on April 24, 2013 to show your support. Let’s band together and stand up against sexual assault—during SAAM and year-round!
New York is Becoming Start-up City:
New Yorkers started 89% more businesses in 2011 than they did in 1991, according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future.
This is great news, but I believe that we can do more to support our entrepreneurs. My Start-up City report outlines the issues facing founders in NYC and provides suggestions for how we can help them grow their businesses. Start-up City also shows how we can make jobs in growing industries like technology accessible to all New Yorkers.
To learn more about NYC’s new start-up culture, check out this article in the Wall Street Journal.
Fighting Obesity in NYC:
In New York, more than one half of adults and 30% of kids are overweight or obese. Today, I stood with Mayor Bloomberg to say that we need to use every tool we have to fight this epidemic, including regulating the portion sizes of sugary drinks.