Civic Hall Union Square
When Civic Hall opened its doors in 2015, it was just a start-up. Now, after two years of rapid growth, we are on our way to becoming a major and unique civic institution. After a year of diligent organizational development, Civic Hall, in partnership with developer RAL Companies, recently won a public bid process offered by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to develop a 250,000 square foot center for technology at Union Square, including a new 80,000 square feet facility to be called Civic Hall at Union Square.
The new Civic Hall at Union Square will include a collaborative community space, a conference center, a civic startup incubator and accelerator, and a 21st century learning center. Our goal is to enable New Yorkers from all backgrounds to be full-fledged digital citizens, connecting them with jobs in the technology sector and, in turn, connecting the technology sector with all New Yorkers. Half a dozen local workforce development organizations have signed on as partners for this project including General Assembly, FedCap, PerScholas, CSNYC, Code to Work, and Coalition for Queens. Civic Hall Union Square was announced by Mayor de Blasio in February 2017 at a press event at AppNexus.
At the press event, the Mayor 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.”
“The idea is to create a fully integrated innovation hub at the crossroads of New York City’s central innovation district that would allow all New Yorkers to develop digital skills and engage.”
– Andrew Rasiej, Civic Hall Founder & CEO
Civic Hall founder & 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.”
Read more about our plans here:
- Theo Douglas, GovTech, February 17, 2017, New York City Unveils Plans for Union Square Tech Hub Project
- Anthony Ha, TechCrunch, February 17, 2017, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Shows Off Design for Planned Tech Hub
- Ainsley O’Connell, Fast Company, December 21, 2016, New York City’s Tech Community Is Getting A $250 Million Home Base At Union Square
- Amy Plitt, Curbed New York, February 17, 2017, New Looks at Union Square’s Forthcoming City-Backed Tech Hub
Watch the announcement here: