Mayor Bloomberg gave a compelling 45 minute speech this morning as the keynote speaker at The Economist’s The future of New York City as the world’s business hub conference at the Essex House. The Mayor touched on many of the accomplishments of his administration in crime reduction, education and quality of life improvements but also described many programs ans projects being developed that will be completed well after his term is up. These include infrastructure improvements such as new school construction, new west side subway, and the new water tunnel. The McKinsey report commissioned by the Mayor and Senator Schumer was referred to frequently; the upshot of the mayor’s talk and the entire day was that the Bloomberg administration has done extensive homework and research on how to keep improving the City. In my view, (and this question was asked a couple of times) the challenge is making the city available to all citizens, not just the upper class. The best coverage is at the New York Times City Room blog.
Other speakers on the agenda included NYC schools Chancellor Joel Klein, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Robert Greifeld of NASDAQ, and Richard Edelman of Edelman. All the panelists and speakers were excellent, Garrick Utley was a terrific moderator for a couple of panels and the Economist did a great job organizing.