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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. 

RFP Details

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

Submit the RFP here by April 15, 2016.  Learn more at our information session on March 1 and email [email protected] with any questions. 

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