Berkeley College Celebrates Launch of Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium

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Consortium Will Spearhead Second Annual Tech Triangle U Conference
 Taking Place March 4-8, 2015

Brooklyn, NY –  On January 28, 2015, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership officially launched the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium and introduced Edward Summers as the consortium’s first executive director.

The consortium, first announced by Mayor de Blasio last summer, will soon enact its 2015 agenda. Among other top priorities, the consortium will develop a new employment pipeline between Brooklyn’s college and professional students and the area’s rapidly growing tech sector, and engage businesses, cultural institutions, and other community groups to launch innovative extracurricular experiences for students. The consortium recently received $200,000 in seed funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation to support these efforts. 

“The Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium is emblematic of the City’s strategy to grow the economy by directly linking it to economic opportunity for New Yorkers,” said New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “Connecting the workforce demands of growing industries with the skills of our homegrown talent will have a powerful impact on Downtown Brooklyn, where the expanding tech ecosystem is a pillar of the local economy-and has the potential to provide a pathway to the middle class for thousands more New Yorkers. By investing in this effort, we will turn that potential into real opportunity, for both companies and the talent generated by the higher education community in their backyard.”

“Over the past ten years, Downtown Brooklyn has transformed into one of New York City’s best neighborhoods for college students,” said Executive Director Edward Summers. “I am thrilled to be joining Downtown Brooklyn at this very exciting time and look forward to helping these great institutions leverage this community’s commercial, academic, and cultural assets into something truly special for their students.”

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership also introduced the agenda for the second annual Tech Triangle U conference taking place March 4-8. More than 40 companies and incubators will take part in offering a series of events including career panels, an entrepreneurship symposium, and a mentorship hackathon. All events are free and open to the public. More information is available at

Prior to joining the consortium, Edward Summers served as the Chief of Staff to the President of Union College in Schenectady, New York. He was also the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Union College as well as the Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center, where he helped secure more than $500,000 in grant and private research funds. Summers earned a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, as well as an M.P.A. from Marist College.

As Executive Director of the Consortium, Summers will work to enhance the Downtown Brooklyn college student experience and nurture new career opportunities for graduates. He will also foster cooperation among the consortium’s 9-member institutions and 60,000 students. 

“Thanks to the support of Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and the Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Brooklyn is poised to leverage its growing commercial, academic, and cultural assets like never before,” Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said. “We are thrilled to have Edward Summers join the consortium and look forward to working alongside him and our area’s great schools to shape the next chapter of growth in Downtown Brooklyn.”

“The collaboration among the colleges and universities with government, businesses and community organizations in Downtown Brooklyn is a model for economic development that will lead Brooklyn and the region’s economy into the future,” said Dario A. Cortes, President of Berkeley College. “As a founding member of the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium, I am excited about the increased impact that Berkeley College will have on educating students and residents in the Borough of Brooklyn, and leading them into sustainable job opportunities in emerging fields.”

“At Brooklyn Law School, we believe that education needs to prepare our students to prevail in the new legal market – and that requires experience in the working world,” said Nick Allard, President and Dean of Brooklyn Law School. “That is why we are proud to be part of the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium and its aim to connect the world-class education taking place in our Law School with the Brooklyn companies that will be the future employers of our graduates.”

“Collaboration is a critical step in linking leading scholars with thriving local tech, creative, and cultural organizations, creating more opportunities for students to succeed here and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in our neighborhood,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of LIU. "Our students put their education into practice and bring ideas to life with a combination of academic instruction and real-world experience. The Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium brings exciting opportunities for our students and the collegiate community in Brooklyn to connect with our neighbors. We look forward to working with Mr. Summers to elevate and strengthen the ties between academia and the local community.”

“Cross collaboration through public and private partnerships is essential to strengthening New York City’s workforce and sustaining the rebound of the City’s economy,” said Russell Hotzler, President of New York City College of Technology, CUNY. “City Tech is enthusiastic that the consortium, with support from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and member Colleges, will advance efforts to connect highly skilled students to businesses and industry leaders creating a pipeline of talent and opportunity in the Downtown Brooklyn area.”

“As a member of the Downtown Brooklyn collegiate community, we are pleased with the creation of the Consortium and the outstanding work to foster Brooklyn’s innovation economy that has been accomplished by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership,” said Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, President and Dean of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. “The symbiosis between the tech economy and academia is well documented, and the college consortium will undoubtedly strengthen student and research opportunities as well as businesses within the Brooklyn Tech Triangle and beyond. We look forward to participating in this exciting initiative.”

“The consortium is connecting talented students with the vibrant professional community rooted in Brooklyn, and we are excited to be part of this initiative,” said Thomas F. Schutte, President of Pratt Institute, and a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Board of Directors. “Having Mr. Summers serve as the first Executive Director of the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium is inspiring and we know that he will continue to stimulate growth and development in our community by providing students with access to key industries and local internships. Brooklyn is one of the great cultural hubs and, when academic institutions forge stronger ties with local businesses, opportunities for innovation flourish.”

“Hiring Eddie Summers is a significant step in continuing to promote Brooklyn as New York’s City college town,” said Brendan J. Dugan, President of St. Francis College. “I want to thank Tucker Reed, Vivian Liao, and all of the Downtown Brooklyn College Presidents for leading this effort. St. Francis College warmly welcomes Eddie Summers to Brooklyn and looks forward to making this Consortium a success.”

“St. Joseph’s College looks forward to working with Mr. Summers in his new role as executive director of the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium,” stated Dr. Jack Calareso, Ph.D, President of St. Joseph’s College. “I am confident he will build upon the good work already done to position Brooklyn as a preeminent destination to earn a college education.”

About the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.

Working together with the three business improvement districts (BID) that it manages – the MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association, and Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID – the Partnership’s diverse activities include attracting new businesses and improving the environment for existing companies; facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community; supporting and promoting Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural assets; and encouraging a unified sense of place and an engaged civic community. For more information, visit

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