Say this about Mayor Bloomberg: Whatever missteps have befallen him early on in his third term, he continues to push cutting-edge technology as the key to the city’s renewed and continued prosperity.
Of course, given the Mayor’s private-sector success, his interest in technology and information shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nevertheless, he is making good, even visionary, decisions about mobilizing the city’s resources to encourage the growth of small to medium-size high-tech companies, and is trying to provide the necessary infrastructure to support those companies.
Earlier this week, the mayor and his technology team unveiled what they called a “road map for the digital city.” It included plans to put important city news on a Facebook page, reinvigorate the city’s home page, build additional public wi-fi and create a .nyc domain name.
Combined with the mayor’s plan to create a new applied-sciences college campus, the digital road map demonstrates City Hall’s commitment to creating a 21st-century infrastructure, supported by 21st-century brainpower. The plan, which will allow citizens and users to leave comments about city services on Facebook as well as Twitter, also will increase government accountability and transparency–always a good thing.
Technology is bound to drive the city’s economic growth in the coming decades. New York needs to make relatively small investments today and in the years to come to take advantage of this century’s growth industries. Even in tough times, it’s vital to plan–and, when necessary, spend a little–for the sake of future economic growth.
That’s precisely what City Hall is doing, to its credit.