NYC mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the 11 winners of RISE: NYC, a global competition seeking innovative technologies and climate change solutions for small businesses that are vulnerable to damage caused by severe storms like Hurricane Sandy. Sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy competition was launched in 2014, two years after the massive superstorm wreaked havoc on the state.

Mayor de Blasio

This year, the winners of the RISE: NYC competition will receive a total of up to $30 million to implement their new technologies throughout NYC’s five boroughs in order to help small business prepare for damage resulting from rising sea levels, flooding and other effects of climate change. In addition to bringing innovative solutions to the small business owners, the implementation of the new technologies will augment New York City’s efforts to strengthen the city’s storm resiliency.

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Mayor de Blasio used the RISE announcement to bring further awareness to the newest version of the city’s sustainability plan, “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” a comprehensive resiliency agenda that focuses on growth, sustainability and resiliency, but also addresses the issues of poverty and income inequality that continue to plague the city.

The mayor hailed the winning technologies for their potential to make the city more resilient to severe storm damage and create economic security for New York business owners. “RISE: NYC is a key component of our comprehensive resiliency plan, harnessing innovative technologies to strengthen our small businesses,” said Mayor de Blasio. “These innovations in energy, building systems, and telecommunications will help ensure that our small businesses – and the jobs they provide – are better prepared to withstand and recover from the effects of climate change. Congratulations to all the winners!”

To see the winning technologies of the 2015 RISE competition, click here.


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