Design 3

Visual Organization + Communication Design

NYC Information Graphic Design Competition 2012

We’re looking for the most creative, innovative and amazing infographic to illuminate the fact that New York City (the “City”) is the best city in the world for business. Enter the NYC Best for Business Infographic Design Competition (the “Competition”) to win a $1,000 cash prize, have your work viewed by tens of thousands of people, and earn bragging rights as the City’s top infographic designer.

Win a $1,000 cash prize, a poster size print of your work signed by Mayor Bloomberg, and bragging rights as the City’s top infographic designer.

  • Sept. 21: Submissions due
  • Sept. 24-28: Judging period
  • Oct. 1: Semifinalists announced
  • Oct. 1 – 12: Public voting period
  • Oct. 15: Winner announced

Infographics must incorporate the dataset provided by NYCEDC (the “NYCEDC Dataset”) (and only the NYCEDC Dataset); however entrants are not required to use all of the information in the NYCEDC Dataset.

Competition Dataset

Infographic submissions must use only the the dataset provided . Applicants are not required to use all information from the dataset.


  • No. 1 Most Competitive City in the World – Economist Intelligence Unit
  • America’s Most Powerful Global City – The Atlantic
  • Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, 2012
  • Best City in the World to Do Business – Euromoney
  • No. 1 Global City – AT Kearney Global Cities Index
  • Most social media savvy City Halls in America – Ragan’s PR Daily



  • The number of information technology jobs in New York has increased 28.7 percent in the last five years, from 41,100 to 52,900
  • 486 digital start-ups formed in NYC since 2007 that have received angel, VC or other outside funding
  • 74% increase in number of employees at NYC digital media companies from 2007 to 2010
  • 82 start-ups founded since 2007 have raised at least $10 million in financing
  • There were almost as many tech-related VC deals in New York City in 2011 (165) as in 2006 and 2007 combined (172), according to data from SeedTable
  • Of the seven leading technology regions in the U.S., New York was the only one to see an increase in the number of VC deals between 2007 and 2011
  • New York passed Boston to become the 2nd largest recipient of technology venture capital investment in the country in 2011
  • Employment in technology in NYC has grown by more than 30% since 2005
  • Media/information and computer/tech industries nearly doubled their Manhattan footprint between 2010 and 2011


  • NYC is home to more than 17,000 media companies
  • NYC media companies employ more than 300,000 people
  • NYC has more media jobs and is home to more multi-billion dollar media companies than any other city
  • The City’s media industry employs more than 300,000 people, nearly 10 percent of the City’s private workforce, and accounts for $30 billion in annual revenue.


  • The New York metropolitan area has the largest scientific and healthcare workforce in the country, which accounts for 427,300 jobs, according to the US Department of Labor
  • New York City receives annually $1.4 billion in NIH funding, second in the country
  • NYC is home to 120 bioscience companies
  • Number of patents assigned to NYC inventors has risen by more than 50% in the last decade (Source: USPTO)
  • Home to 9 major academic research centers, 26 additional research centers, and 58 hospitals


  • Fashion is a $55 billion dollar industry in New York City
  • The fashion industry in NYC employs more than 170,000 people
  • There are more than 900 fashion companies headquartered in NYC
  • Fashion manufacturing represents 31% of all manufacturing jobs in NYC
  • NYC’s fashion retail market is the country’s largest, generating over $15 billion in sales annually
  • The economic impact of Fashion Week in New York City is $865 million


  • NYC has 1.1 million public school students in nearly 1700 schools
  • NYC is home to the largest post-secondary population with 626,000 in 100 higher education institutions in the metropolitan area
  • Higher education accounts for 115,000 jobs
  • Edutech sector employs an estimated 5000 workers and is expected to reach 8000 by 2015


  • The industrial sector remains a cornerstone of the New York City economy and – representing 16% of all private sector employment – continues to be a vital source of well-paying jobs

Financial Services

  • NYC is home to 330,000 financial service workers


  • 13,000 new jobs will be created by 2018, doubling the City’s current green sector workforce



  • If it were a country, New York City would have the world’s 21st largest economy
  • New York City is home to 42 Fortune 500 companies


  • Through June 2012, New York City has recovered 205% of private sector jobs lost during the recession, compared to 42% in the nation.
  • There are now more private sector jobs in New York City than at any time in the city’s history, eclipsing the previous peak from 1969 that we had never been able to equal.
  • Between Jan. 2002 and May 2012, NYC gained 9.8% private sector and 7.5% total (private + government) jobs. In comparison, nationally, the private and the total jobs increased by 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively.

Job Growth by Borough, 2002-2011

  • While Manhattan accounts for the largest share of City’s establishments and employment among the boroughs, those boroughs outside Manhattan ALLhave experienced faster rates of job growth and increase in the number of businesses in the past decade.
    • Total Employment % Increase Between 2002 and 2011:
      • Manhattan: 3.5%
      • Brooklyn: 15.4%
      • Bronx: 8.5%
      • Queens: 6.6%
      • Staten Island: 4.9%
    • Private Sector Employment % Increase Between 2002 and 2011:
      • Manhattan: 5.7%
      • Brooklyn: 16.4%
      • Bronx: 11.7%
      • Queens: 6.3%
      • Staten Island: 5.3%
    • Total Establishments % Increase Between 2002 and 2011:
      • Manhattan: 7.9%
      • Brooklyn: 27.4%
      • Bronx: 13.5%
      • Queens: 20.3%
      • Staten Island: 18.1%


  • New York City’s labor force grew to approximately four million people in 2011
  • 1.8 million New Yorkers hold a bachelor’s degree, and 750,000 of those also have a graduate or professional degree
  • There are 96 colleges and universities in NYC
  • The City is home to 664,000 postsecondary students


  • New York’s population is 33% White, 29% Hispanic, 22% Black/African American, and 13% Asian
  • Half of New Yorkers speak languages other than English at home – nearly 2 million speak Spanish at home, while another 440,000 speak Chinese


  • New York is the #1 tourist destination in the United States, attracting a record 50.5M tourists in 2011

Housing/Real Estate

  • Median home prices have declined less in New York than the rest of the country, and new housing starts have rebounded faster


  • New York’s population continued to grow throughout the recession, and for the first time in generations, more people moved to New York in 2010 than moved out of New York

Commercial Real Estate

  • Commercial office leasing activity in NYC was the highest in a decade in 2011, and New York has the strongest commercial real estate market in the country


  • A record number of feature films and TV pilots filmed in NYC in 2011

Quality of Life

  • NYC is home to over 700 performing arts companies
  • NYC is home to more than 200 museums and historical sites
  • NYC has planted 430,000 new trees since 2007 and will have planted nearly 650,000 by the end of 2013 (PlaNYC)
* Sources for Awards (information provided in links is not part of dataset)


More info on the Competition page

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