Collaboration to support regional Quantum Computing and Networking Technology Mobilization (QUANTM) is gaining traction

The QUANTM Consortium, a collaboration between the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), recognizes World Quantum Day (April 14, 2024) and acknowledges the significant impact that Consortium members are making on the regional quantum economy.

As part of this annual, worldwide celebration of quantum science and technology, Consortium members are seizing opportunities to advance the profession and cultivate its talent pool.

Columbia University’s Quantum Initiative is hosting two special events:

  • On April 15 at 4p.m. the inaugural Schwinger Lecture, “Symmetries of Times,” will take place at the World Room in Pulitzer Hall. More info.
  • On April 18 at 4:30p.m. a roundtable discussion, “Living in a Quantum World,” will take place at the Italian Academy. More info.

World Quantum Day 2024 falls just weeks after the QUANTM Consortium held its third meeting, which kicked off with welcoming remarks from Westchester County Executive George Latimer. During the meeting, the Consortium formed two working groups – Ecosystem Building/Events, and Workforce Development/Talent Pipeline – and welcomed a new member, Griffiss Institute, whose mission is to inspire and develop the next generation of talent and develop disruptive technologies in machine learning, AI, unmanned aerial systems, cyber security, and quantum.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “The New York Metro Region has a robust and highly skilled talent pool that is ideally positioned to grow the area’s QIST industry. Establishing a working group dedicated to cultivating this talent pipeline will support both existing and emerging quantum ventures across the region, and Westchester County is proud to play a role in that work.”

“This collaboration among higher education institutions, nonprofits, community program providers, research institutions, companies leveraging AI, cybersecurity ventures – and more – is paving the way for a dynamic, regional quantum sector that contributes significantly to the economy. We appreciate the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s partnership in this effort and the commitment of every organization that is contributing to this growing Consortium,” said Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons.

“The synergies among Consortium members have allowed us to quickly identify key priorities and initiatives that will benefit the regional quantum sector and economy. As we launch our two new working groups, focused on ecosystem building and the talent pipeline, we invite all entities who are working in the quantum sector and have a passion for catalyzing its growth to join the Consortium” said Westchester County Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Deborah Novick.

"Investing and uplifting the industries of the future, like the quantum information science and technology sector, is key to driving equitable economic development in New York City," said New York City Economic Development (NYCEDC) President & CEO Andrew Kimball. "We are proud to be part of the QUANTM Consortium where we are focused on bolstering economic growth in the sector, while supporting talent development, job creation, and creating an industry pipeline. NYCEDC is proud to work the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and our partners across the region on further growing this Consortium and establishing New York as a primary hub for innovation in quantum.”

Recent news from the QUANTM Consortium’s members includes:

  • Qunnect, which has 20 employees and an investment from NY Ventures, has recently received its first Purchase Order for its rack system, and received an SPIE PRISM award, based on demonstrations showing record-breaking numbers using their noise compensation instrument.
  • The NYU Tandon School of Engineering has launched a minor in quantum.
  • Pace University has received permission from accrediting authorities to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity.
  • Qubit by Qubit is currently accepting applications for summer and fall internships, which are open to high school and college students. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • CCNY is planning a quantum hackathon for fall 2024.
  • Westchester County and Qunnect have provided letters of support to the Griffiss Institute regarding their recent request to Congress to fund a study of the New York State quantum ecosystem.

The QUANTM Consortium’s work is focused around four primary goals:

  • ensuring that New York stays at the leading edge of this key sector
  • developing a comprehensive regional technology strategy that ensures QIST jobs will start, grow, and remain in New York, in the region stretching from Long Island to Rome, NY;
  • addressing regional inequities, and strengthening the labor and education infrastructure, in the QIST ecosystem; and,
  • developing QIST workforce development plans that embrace equity and diversity.

Organizations interested in joining the QUANTM Consortium should email: .


About The Westchester County Office of Economic Development

The Westchester County Office of Economic Development works to improve the County’s economic well-being and quality of life. This includes a broad range of activities to attract, create and retain jobs, and to foster a resilient, pro-growth and inclusive economy. For information, visit (should we add our social media links, as NYCEDC does?)

About New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

New York City Economic Development Corporation is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that works for a vibrant, inclusive, and globally competitive economy for all New Yorkers. We take a comprehensive approach, through four main strategies: strengthen confidence in NYC as a great place to do business; grow innovative sectors with a focus on equity; build neighborhoods as places to live, learn, work, and play; and deliver sustainable infrastructure for communities and the city's future economy. To learn more about what we do, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram