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NEW YORK CITY-Last week, at the Regional Plan Association’s Innovation and the Global City summit, New York City deputy mayor for economic development Robert K. Steel highlighted his belief that the city’s economic future hinges, in part, on it becoming a hub for the study of the applied sciences. “People talk about college towns and they mention Cambridge or Ann Arbor,” Steel told the crowd, adding that a strong “science and engineering” presence in the city would compliment existing academic activities in the city. “This seems to be something that can be a long stick as a fulcrum to really boost the economy for the long term.”

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