Introducing Futureworks NYC!
New Yorkers are creators.
From industrial warehouses to modern 3D printing facilities, look around and you'll find a wellspring of creative innovation emerging from New York City’s vast manufacturing ecosystem. Yet manufacturing, which already provides good jobs to over 75,000 New Yorkers, is hitting a critical turning point.
About Futureworks NYC
Last November, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled an action plan to grow 21st-century industrial and manufacturing jobs in NYC.
A hallmark initiative of the action plan is Futureworks NYC, a network of partnerships, services, and spaces dedicated to increasing local production and supporting advanced manufacturing. The initiative will invest up to $13 million to offer services such as access to prototyping, fabrication and production equipment for entrepreneurs, businesses, and established manufacturers. The initiative will also drive the creation of a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal which will serve to anchor these services and catalyze further growth in NYC's production ecosystem.
Today, we are issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from organizations to help build programs and services for Futureworks NYC.
Today's released RFP seeks partners for a set of programs and services that include:
- Partnerships with existing prototyping, fabrication, production and research facilities that will provide aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses affordable access to workspace and equipment.
- Development of a state-of-theart Advanced Manufacturing Center in the NYCEDC-managed Brooklyn Army Terminal.
- Develop and launch of a virtual incubator to provide hardware and product start-ups access to business resources that encourage local production
- Development of a business extension service to provide assistance that help traditional manufacturing firms learn about and adopt new technology