Arch Street Client Wins Big in $1.5 Billion Competition

With help from Arch Street, the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) won $500 million in funding from the State of New York to catalyze economic growth across a five-county region centered around Syracuse, New York.

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Arch Street helped author key portions of the winning proposal to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  high-stakes Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition.  CNY was one of three winners out of seven competitors.

Arch Street drafted major elements of the successful proposal especially Section I. the regional Strategic Plan.  This section introduced regional economic data and trends linking them to future economic directions and initiatives for the region.

NAS to Host Summit on Social, Behavioral Sciences for National Security 

The National Academy of Sciences will host an event kicking off a major  decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences in areas relevant to national security.  The SBS for National Security Summit will feature leading scientists and thinkers in fields such as neuroscience, decision and risk science, and behavioral genetics as well as representatives from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Rebuilding the American City:  Design & Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core

Rebuilding the American City is a recent book that highlights 15 urban design and planning projects in the United States that have been catalysts for their downtowns and were implemented during the tumultuous start of the 21st century—a period marked by renewed interest in cities but also by ongoing social, economic and environmental challenges. The book presents five paradigms for redevelopment and a range of perspectives on the complexities, strategies, successes and challenges inherent to rebuilding American cities today.

An example is the redevelopment of Buffalo, New York centering around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The Buffalo Master Plan conceptualized a way to unify a number of burgeoning medical institutions under the umbrella “BNMC.” By concentrating development in the core of the campus and along a common spine, the BNMC alleviated institutional pressure on the seams it shared with its neighborhoods. The medical area’s new primary public space, a lush linear park, serves as a branding mechanism and seam stitching together the otherwise disparate buildings into a unified campus.

 

Upcoming NSF Program Webinar on Innovation and Smart Systems

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The National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program supports academe-industry partnerships to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies) into a specified, human-centered smart service system. The selected service system should function as a technology test bed. These translational research projects require additional effort to integrate the technology into a “smart” service system, one that can identify, learn, adapt, and make decisions. It is essential that this research incorporate human factors considerations to assure the system’s efficacy. The research tasks in turn might generate additional discoveries inspired by the interaction of humans and technology.

Two proposal webinars will be held on September 7th and 7th.

OSTP Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted the first-ever  Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation, which gather experts and researchers from across industry, academia, and government for a discussion on different topic areas related to policy, research and development, and technology in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) applications and airspace integration.

A good idea but there’s a long way to go before this is truly possible — Make Algorithms Accountable 

There is much research that needs to be done before computer systems can truly contextualize the way the humans can.  That’s what will be necessary if these systems are to be held accountable.

We need more due process protections to assure the accuracy of the algorithms that have become ubiquitous in our lives.

See: Make Algorithms Accountable – The New York Times

Advancing Quantum Information Science: National Challenges and Opportunities

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The U.S. National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has issued new report, Advancing Quantum Information Science: National Challenges and Opportunities.  The report is the product of an interagency working group that was created to assess the current status of the field, coordinate activities across the relevant Federal agencies, engage stakeholders, and consider ways to address impediments and facilitate progress in quantum information science.