Monday, October 24, 2011

MCC Transportation Transformation Series, October 25th at Con Edison

Earlier this year MCC Member Tom Glendening of E3NYC came to us and asked us to help him put on a series of events about the changes in transportation going on in NYC and other cities around the world. Cities are looking for cleaner more efficient modes of transportation as urban centers become more populated. We formed a transportation team which includes Willem Houck of ParkPod, Philip Kiracofe of Horizen Ventures (an urban bike advocate) and Yale Klat, an attorney who works with companies in cleantech. We had our kick off reception in May at the Tesla showroom which showcased high end electric cars. On September 27th we had our first overview and panel discussion on the topic. Tomorrow we will look at the economic opportunities around these changes. here is a description of the event and link to register. This event is tomorrow, October 25th, 8-10:30am at Con Edison. Click here to register!

Bikes, boats, electric cars - NYC is going through a Transportation Transformation. 
Learn more about it at the MCC Transportation Transformation Series.

After a successful launch at the Tesla showroom last May, and an at-capacity-crowd workshop on the transformation at Con Ed’s headquarters on September 27th, we are pleased to announce our third event, a discussion on the investment and economic development potential of the Transportation Transformation: it’s a multi-billion dollar transformation.
This Transportation Transformation with the E3Think team offers a logic as to why transportation innovation is a much safer investment than other clean tech investments. 
After that we will start the core of the program with the first presentation of NYC’s new – and the world’s largest – bikeshare system to the NYC business community. 

Participants include:
  • Alison Cohen – President of Alta Bikeshare, anointed operator of the new NYC system, and current operator of systems in Boston, Washington and Melbourne (Australia).
  • Devona Sharpe – Devona coordinates the Greenway (bikeway) in the Bronx. The Greenway is a public bikeway that will connect Maine to Florida. The Greenway is well under way.
  • Mac Heller – Former co-head of Goldman Sach's Investment Banking division, and current Executive Chairman of CODA, one of the coolest electric car companies in the world (based in Santa Monica with batteries from China).
  • Lynde Coit – Lynde is one of the East Coast's most knowledgeable experts on investment and economic potential of sustainable and cleantech investments.
Authors of the now famous Harvard Alumni Study on the economics of bikeshare will be there, so will numerous start-ups, from GPS based bikes, electric bikes to a proposal for magnetically elevated trains for New York State (traversing the landscape at over 200 mph).
And with sufficient time, there will be a quick update on the E3NYC proposal to host a 6 month cleantech world’s fair along the East River in 2016.

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