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Chamber Helps Launch FREE Public WiFi in NYC

March 2016

(l to r) Gregg Hayden of NYCRC, Mark Jaffe, Pillar Wang of AucanLink, former US Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Paul Levinsohn of NYCRC & Nicolai Hinrichsen in Jinan China
Chamber CEO Mark Jaffe flew to Beijing China to help longtime member NYC Regional Center ("NYCRC") raise 157 million dollars to support the Link NYC free public WiFi project. This is the 19th successful project that NYCRC has been a part and they all have been important (like the Barclay Center, Steiner Studios and the Brooklyn Navy Yard). We applaud the important work they do for our city. Mark attended two fundraiser events on behalf of the NYCRC and the LinkNYC project. Each event consisted of a press conference followed by a presentation to Chinese investors who wanted to take advantage of our federal EB5 program. The first event was held in the China capital city of Beijing and was followed by another event in Jinan. where over 4000 investors heard about what will soon be the world's largest, fastest and free public WiFi system in the world.. The mega event in Jinan was sponsored by Aucanlink Group, a significant placement agency in China cooperating with the NYCRC. Also attending this event was the former US Secretary of Commerce and US Ambassador to China, Mr Gary Locke who in 2010 while working as US Commerce Secretary spearheaded for President Obama an agenda for smart cities and the need for the installation of wireless infrastructure in cities across the United States. Link.NYC will be the largest and fastest Free?WiFi network in the world operated by a consortium of companies comprising a company called CityBridge. The agency DOiTT and the Mayor's Office of Technology have come together and set a very high standard forCityBridge and this first of its kind network which could not be accomplished by a single company. The companies and disciplines that comprise CityBridge include Google, Qualcomm, Intersection and Comark; Google for its internet network expertise, Qualcom for its high-speed chip technology, Intersection for its local New York City advertising and operations expertise and Comark for the manufacturing of the kiosks called links that will change the streetscape of New York City in the weeks and months to come as the project has already begun and kiosks are already being installed and are operational. Over 500 strategically placed Links are expected to be installed by June of 2016.

Luncheon hosted by AuncanLink with Chinese agents, NYCRC executives, Mark Jaffe & former US Ambassador to China Gary Locke .