Quinn proposes plan to leverage innovation and grow NYC's tech sector; New York tech giants throw support to Quinn’s candidacy

Christine Quinn today detailed a number of strategic, innovative proposals that will expand job growth in New York City’s tech sector by tapping into unique opportunities in Long Island City.

“With some smart investments and planning, Long Island City will help lead the way in making New York City the next tech capital of the world,” said Quinn. “Every one of our communities is uniquely positioned to seize new opportunities for economic growth, and with plans like this one in Long Island City, we will provide new opportunities for New Yorkers and pave a path towards a stronger middle class.”

Quinn’s proposals focus on strengthening workforce training and improving transportation in order to lay the foundation for the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs. Specifically, Quinn’s plan involves:

Creating a hub of innovation with an expanded transportation network – Connecting the neighborhoods of Roosevelt Island, Long Island City and DUMBO will allow for more face-to-face interactions and easier access from other areas of the city to this tech industry hub. Chris proposed expanding ferry service, launching a new wi-fi equipped bus service and creating a new Select Bus Service route between this hub and Manhattan.

Building a Techforce1 center focusing on meeting the needs of the tech sector – The city will work together with established tech companies to provide valuable training and support for emerging companies and new workers. The center would follow the successful creation of a Workforce1 center focused on the manufacturing industry.

Establishing Long Island City’s first incubator for tech entrepreneurs and businesses – The center would offer low-cost, flexible office space for homegrown tech companies. Priority would be given to companies affiliated with the Cornell/Technion New York City Tech campus.

Expanding CUNY TAP and Access to Code programs – Growing the programs will provide New York City students with new opportunities for promising tech sector careers. CUNY TAP provides students with advanced job-specific programming skills as well as apprenticeship and internship opportunities at New York City companies. Access to Code expands diversity in the tech workforce by teaching coding skills to women, minorities and immigrants.

Noting Chris Quinn’s extensive work and commitment to continuing to fuel New York City’s fast-growing tech sector, a number of leading names in the industry threw their support behind Quinn’s bid for mayor. Today’s endorsers include:

Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook

Dawn Barber

Prominent tech community leader

Katia Beauchamp

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Birchbox

Ryan Davis

VP Community, Vocativ

David Epstein

Founding Partner, InVue Network

Jordan Goldman

Founder and CEO, Unigo

Jukay Hsu

Founder, Coalition for Queens

Paul Murphy

Investor and Entrepreneur, Betaworks

Charlie O'Donnell

Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Antony Muller

President, ZenSEM

Leanne Pittsford

Co-Founder, Lesbians Who Tech

Jeff Wald

Co-Founder, Work Market

Cameron Death

Chief Revenue Officer, CORE Media Group

Michael Norton

Former Executive Creative Director, Arnell Group

Robert Richardson

Senior Director, Control Group

Jalak Jobanputra

Managing Partner, Future Perfect Ventures

Pedro Torres Picon

Founder and Managing Director, Quotidian Ventures

Roo Rogers

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Long Island City has the potential to launch dozens of new companies and create tens of thousands of jobs over the next ten years. With three local colleges within a three mile radius, Silicon Alley a few miles away and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle six miles away, Long Island City presents unique opportunities for immense economic development. With Quinn’s strategic plan that builds on the community’s already-strong foundation, Long Island City will become a thriving, vibrant tech hub.