New York

Cuomo Names NY Task Force Members

Industry took a seat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) recently created New York Works Task Force. Gary LaBarbera, president, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, is one of 15 members chosen to be part of the group, which was created under the governor's 2012-13 budget.

The group will have $750 million available under the Regional Economic Development Councils' second-round funding to support economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation. This round of funding consists of $220 million for regional strategic plans and for priority projects, and up to $530 million from state agency programs Empire State Development, NYS Canal Corp. and NYS Energy Research and Development Authority to support regionally specific economic development projects.

New York

Google HQ to Be Temporary Home To Tech Campus

cornell university will use 22,000-sq-ft of Google Inc.'s New York headquarters for its CornellNYC Tech campus while the school's Roosevelt Island campus is being built.

Google says it is donating the space on July 1, free of charge for five and a half years or until the campus is completed, whichever comes first. Cornell will be able to expand to 58,000 sq ft at the site during the next five years.

"We're about to find out what happens when you marry one of the world's most innovative companies with one of the most innovative economic development strategies any city has undertaken," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Cornell has also announced that Greg Pass has been named the founding entrepreneurial officer for CornellNYC Tech. He is the former chief technology officer for Twitter.

Separately, Cornell has chosen the New York City office of Morphosis Architects to design the first academic building of the campus. Morphosis is expected to deliver a conceptual design in November and a schematic design in March 2013. New York-based Arup will be helping Morphosis develop the building.

Plans call for a 150,000-sq-ft, net-zero structure to house classrooms and offices. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

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