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De Blasio Administration Statements on Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises Approval of Tech Training Center


Following the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises' approval of the Tech Training Center, the de Blasio Administration released the following statements:

“The Tech Training Center is a great example of smart land use policy in New York City. This state-of-the-art facility will activate prime real estate in Manhattan and will provide space for growing tech companies – co-located with space for workforce training providers and digital educators, providing real-time connections for thousands of New Yorkers to access jobs at the companies that will help shape the future of the city. Our tech sector must reflect the diversity that defines this city and expand economic growth and opportunity for all New Yorkers. I thank Speaker Johnson, Council Member Rivera and the entire City Council for their partnership,” said Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.

“The Tech Training Center will move the needle on diversity in tech—creating accessible pathways, while supporting growing tech companies. Today’s vote brings this transformative project one step closer to being reality, ensuring that modern training and good-paying job opportunities are available in the core of Manhattan. We thank Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Rivera for being such steadfast advocates for New Yorkers, and helping to deliver a project that will truly change lives” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett.

About the Tech Training Center

The 240,000 square foot project will create a multi-level ecosystem for diversifying talent and growing the next generation of companies and industries. The project will pair a digital skills training center with flexible space for tech companies to grow and hire within the building.

 Developed by RAL and operated by Civic Hall, the project’s three floor workforce development center will serve tens of thousands of New Yorkers a year with tech training from industry-leading organizations like as Per Scholas, FEDCAP, CUNY, Mouse, and General Assembly.

In addition to the training facility, the Tech Training Center will also feature step-up, affordable office space for growing companies. The Center will also offer modern, market-rate space to attract established, industry-leading corporations to the ecosystem.

Earlier this week, NYCEDC announced that Microsoft has joined the effort to diversify New York City’s tech sector and create more accessible pathways to good-paying jobs, with a $100,000 grant to Civic Hall for the planning and development of the Tech Training Center.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

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Ryan Birchmeier (NYCEDC) 212.312.3523 / [email protected]