Tech:NYC has pitched training programs as a way to help resolve tensions between business interests and residents that have flared up around expansion plans in Industry City, as well as at Amazon’s collapsed deal for a headquarters in Long Island City.
“It’s clear that the technology industry can and should do more to help New York’s recovery and ensure New Yorkers have access to jobs,” said Julie Samuels, the group’s executive director. “But the answer shouldn’t be ‘No, tech companies shouldn’t grow here.’ Instead, they should be working with city and state governments to ensure they are integrating into the fabric of New York.”
About half of the survey’s respondents said they think learning technology skills is expensive, intimidating and centered around Manhattan.
Tech:NYC released a list of recommendations this year