Today, Obama-Biden administration Housing Secretary and Budget Director Shaun Donovan continued his Campaign of Ideas with the rollout of his comprehensive Innovation Platform entitled ‘Leveraging Innovation and Data to Lead New York City into a More Successful, Equitable Future.’ The over 4,000-word platform lays out Shaun Donovan’s plan to improve NYC’s innovation and data infrastructure, bring high-speed broadband to every single city residence, ensure equitable access to emerging technology, and use public-private partnerships as a tool for economic development.
“New York has long been the center of innovation and a beacon of progress for the rest of the country and world. However, as other cities across the globe have prioritized innovation in the public and private sectors, it has become increasingly clear that our city is not reaching its full innovative potential and too many city residents do not reap the benefits of our city’s technological achievements,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “This was made painfully clear by the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed huge equity gaps in our data infrastructure and showed that far too many of our city’s residents lacked the digital infrastructure to compete in an increasingly online world. Throughout my career in public service, I have leveraged technology in order to combat inequity and injustice. As Housing Commissioner, we retired the City’s antiquated housing code inspection system by using 311, and as Housing Secretary, we dramatically reduced veteran homelessness by using HUDStat.
“As Mayor, I will use technology to make our city more accessible to all New Yorkers, be it at home, on the street, or in the classroom. A Donovan administration will use data- and evidence-based decision-making to more effectively and efficiently deliver for New Yorkers. Moreover, we will partner with innovative organizations across the private, non-profit, philanthropic, and academic sectors to pool our city’s resources and put them to work for the people of all five boroughs. By leveraging innovation across all government sectors, I am confident that we can rebuild and reimagine our city as one that works for everyone and reclaim the spirit of innovation that made New York City the capital of the world.”