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Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
110 William Street, 4th Floor Mail Room Bid Desk, New York, NY 10038
Julian Rifai
phone: (212) 312-3649
fax: (212) 312-3918

Accessibility questions: Equal Access Office at or 212-312-6602, by Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:00 PM

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Request for Information

PIN#7870XX - Due: 8/5/2019 4:00 PM

The development of AI and the exponential growth of data promises smarter decisions and greater efficiencies. These advances can be used to strengthen communities, improve lives and lift business and government performance. At the same time, risks are emerging around responsible data and AI, including privacy and security, and the ethics of AI-enabled decision-making, such as bias, explainability and accountability. NYC can lead in the practice of responsible data and AI by creating an ecosystem that supports innovation with clear benefits for the public. NYC is home to large corporations investing in this technology, world-class academic institutions that spur innovation and train students, a burgeoning tech start up ecosystem, and an engaged and active civil society. There is a significant opportunity for public value to be created by driving innovation and convening these perspectives to ensure applied ethics in data and AI.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking an Operator, team of Operators, or multiple Operators to implement the NYC Center for Responsible AI. This includes a physical space that houses four activities: The Applied Research Lab, Data Collaboratives, Talent and Education Program, and the AI for Good Program. The NYC Center for Responsible AI is a holistic approach to advancing innovation and beneficial uses of data and AI, while ensuring the growth of this industry is done so in a responsible and ethical manner.

NYCEDC plans to select an Operator or Operators on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, the quality of the respondent team(s) and any subcontractors proposed and the operational and financial feasibility of proposed activities.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.

Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit
An optional informational session will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 9:30am at NYCEDC. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to on or before May 28, 2019.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to Answers to all questions will be posted on a rolling basis, with final answers posted no later than Monday, July 29, 2019, to Please submit four (4) hard copy sets of your expression of interest and one (1) digital copy on USB.

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