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.


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.

NSF Seeks Proposals for Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems Research


The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals to advance the science of critical infrastructure resiliency.  The goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) FY 2017 solicitation are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; (3) create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and (4) improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver existing goods and services. These goals lead to the following specific objectives for this solicitation:

  • To create new knowledge, approaches, and solutions to increase resilience, performance, and readiness in ICIs. The solutions may emerge primarily from advances in cyber (computing, information, computational, sensing and communication), engineering, or societal (behavioral, economic, organizational) elements of ICIs, although proposals must integrate research across all three elements.
  • To create theoretical frameworks and multidisciplinary models of ICIs, processes and services, capable of analytical prediction of complex behaviors, in response to system and policy changes.
  • To develop frameworks to understand interdependencies created by the interactions between the physical, the cyber (computing, information, computational, sensing and communication), and social, behavioral and economic elements of ICIs. These could include, but are not limited to, software frameworks for modeling and simulation using advanced cyber infrastructures, management, monitoring and real-time control of interdependent ICIs and novel software engineering methodologies.
  • To study socioeconomic, political, legal and psychological obstacles to improving ICIs and identifying strategies for overcoming those obstacles.
  • To undertake the creation, curation or use of publicly accessible data on infrastructure systems and processes, whether in the context of explanation, prediction or modeling.

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The most important innovation of the past 300 years?

What if you could only choose one?  If one goes by life expectancy, it’s clear that germ theory of disease and the corresponding rise of public health have to be considered.  Diseases such as cholera, smallpox and tuberculosis that killed and crippled many millions have been eliminated in many parts of the world.

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


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.