To the future! Experts talk tech, and how to lure companies to NYC Outdated laws, crumbling infrastructure are among the challenges
From left: Hiten Samtani, Kate Bicknell, Brian Platt, Regina Myer and Andrew Kimball
One of the keys to creating an “innovation district” is small leasing space.
“From a buildout strategy, you have to be willing to go really, really small,” Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City, said during a panel held on Thursday. “You start these companies small, they want to be around each other, and then you grow them.”
Kimball said 250 of the office complex’s more than 450 tenants occupy space of less than 1,500 square feet. Kimball was one of the panelists at an event held by New York University s Schack Institute of Real Estate titled “When Real Estate Meets Innovation.” He shared the stage with Kate Bicknell, senior vice president of commercial and residential development at Forest City New York; Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; and Brian Platt, chief innovation officer for Jersey City. The Real Deal s digital editorial director Hiten Samtani moderated.
The panel touched on some of the obstacles that could prevent tech companies and their products from succeeding in the city. Kimball acknowledged that proposed changes to healthcare law could be disastrous for small startups and freelancers who are drawn to spaces like Industry City.
Transportation options and aging infrastructure can also be major turn-offs for tech giants like, say, Amazon — a company that several cities are throwing money at in an attempt to lure its second headquarters. The fates of projects like Gateway and the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, which promise dramatic improvements to access, remain up in the air and could make or break New York s chances to compete for businesses.
Myer noted that transportation options between the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Downtow阿爱上海同城