February 2017

Mayor de Blasio Hails the Plans for Civic Hall Union Square

“The front-door for tech in New York City”

On Friday, February 17, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Andrew Rasiej unveiled plans and designs for Civic Hall Union Square. Before a standing-room-only crowd that included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilman Ben Kallos, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and New York Public Library President Anthony Marx, Mayor de Blasio and Rasiej discussed the value of access to state-of-the-art tech training with a panel with representatives from PerScholas, CUNY’s Tech Talent Pipeline, and the Academy of Software Engineering, a NYC public high school.

In his remarks, Mayor de Blasio praised NYC’s tech community for being “the most socially conscious tech community in the country,” and said Civic Hall Union Square is about “making sure more and more New Yorkers benefit from this extraordinary tech ecosystem.” He added that the project not only demonstrated the city’s commitment to creating more 21st century jobs, but that Civic Hall Union Square would also help strengthen the city’s civic fabric, remarking “It’s about protecting democracy. It’s about protecting an open society.”

As Civic Hall founder and CEO Andrew Rasiej explained, Civic Hall Union Square aims to be a unique new resource: a place where New Yorkers of all backgrounds can come to learn, work, and network using collaborative technology and design methods to solve pressing public problems. “When complete, the facility will not only produce thousands of new digitally trained workers to support the city’s fast growing technology ecosystem, but will also act as a model for how technology can support economic and civic renewal,” he said at the event, which was held at the offices of AppNexus.

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