Can We Ensure More New Yorkers Work in Media & Tech?
Crain’s New York reports while the financial sector’s growth in commercial space has been stagnant, Tech.& Media companies-Twitter, BuzzFeed, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, Google and many tech-start ups are expanding their NYC presence.
The diversification of NYC’s economy is a positive development. This didn’t happen without strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors. The current administration and the previous Mayor, Speaker and City Council made a concerted effort to attract these new economy businesses. For too long, NYC was dependent on Wall Street. Now we have Silicon Alley/New Tech City. As a result, more jobs.
Do we have enough skilled New Yorkers to fill these roles? Strategic partnerships with NYC’s Academic community-NYU, CUNY,PRATT and now Cornell, to name a few, are training New Yorkers, and as a result, creating a new middle class. (More on this later.)
During my time working for New York City Council & for former Speaker Christine C. Quinn, we worked closely with Mayor Bloomberg’s administration to support the new Cornell Tech campus to create a pool of thriving new skilled workers. It is happening!
Targeted, coordinated strategic partnerships need to increase to ensure local New Yorkers gain good paying jobs in tech & media. Every day another school is popping up teaching coding, product management and other necessary skills needed to create and work at start-ups, such as Next Door, EngineOrg and Buster.
MOUSE, ScriptEd, Girls Who Code, LampNYC and so many other organizations are implementing the STEM curriculum and teaching students media & tech skills. Civic Hall (https://civichall.org) in Flatiron recently opened up its doors to empower the tech. & civic engagement communities. The New York Tech Council (https://www.nytech.org) has been working to promote NYC’s growing tech. industry. Out in Tech, Lesbians That Tech and so many other organizations have been active in connecting and educating the LGBT community and allies of the tech and non-tech worlds.
Besides investing in these initiatives and organizations with private and public dollars, we need to encourage more women and people of color to pursue careers in tech and media.
NYC will be an even better city for all of us as a result.
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