3 key elements eyed for Brooklyn Tech Triangle

Better bus connections, incubator for clean-technology companies and solar-powered charging stations are proposed to help foster growth of tech companies and jobs in the area.

Bus connections to north and south Brooklyn, an incubator for clean-technology companies, and solar-powered charging stations are just three of the changes hopefully coming to downtown Brooklyn soon, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition announced Tuesday.

The improvements feed into the coalition's strategic plan to cement Brooklyn's emergence as a technology hub by aggressively developing the downtown area to accommodate and attract technology firms and startups.

The Tech Triangle Coalition, consisting of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, made the announcements at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York at Brooklyn's MetroTech Center.

The borough's tech sector already employs 9,600 people, according to Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. That number could nearly double in the next two years, and will keep growing as technology becomes increasingly fundamental to other sectors of the economy.

"Tech is underpinning the growth of every sector in the city," said Mr. Reed. "NYC's tech sector no longer is a slice of the pie; it's the pan in which everything is baking."

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