NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision for a more inclusive, more democratic technology community in New York.
De Blasio sees government working to develop three pillars that can bolster the technology community in New York: professional development, access and (more nebulously) innovation.
The tech ecosystem here provides nearly 300,000 jobs and generates over $30 billion in wages annually
Uni ecosystem: Funding $29m into the CUNY system in 2016 that should provide a boon to students looking to graduate with a degree in STEM disciplines. In 2017, figure goes up to $51m
Investing in new talent: NY has created the Tech Talent Pipeline — an initiative backed by $10 million to encourage entrepreneurship and inclusion in the New York tech community through job placement efforts and educational and training programs.
Access/Universiality: new city initiative to bring broadband access to all New Yorkers through a combination of high-speed corridors and public kiosks for public access to gigabit-speed service; $25m = new wireless corridors (deliver free or low-cost access to 20,000 low-income households), $7.5m = upgrading/expanding at least five existing wireless corridors, $1.6m = state funds (focus on broadband around industrial zones for at least 500 businesses).
NY has set itself the ambitious goal of building or preserving 200,000 low-income housing units. The mayor’s plan for the city also includes a target of moving 800,000 people out of poverty in the next 10 years. “We’re trying to build a superstructure around [zoning] in terms of affordable housing and better transit options,” the mayor said.
Innovative thinking is also at the heart of what can make the tech community more inclusive. “[Inclusion] is quite available if the mindset of what is valued changes,” said de Blasio. “This is not just about social responsibility… It’s smart in terms of the recognition of markets. We are in a society that is increasingly people of color.”