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In many cases, entry level jobs in the tech economy can start at $65,000 a year. That’s well above a family’s median income here. So how do we make this a reality for more families? We can begin by ensuring that all of our residents have skills they need to succeed. These skills—from computer technology and marketing to financial literacy and the “language” of business—will serve all of our students well regardless of their future career goals. I believe the Department of Education should offer expanded computer-science training in schools throughout the city and bring together entrepreneurs, teachers, and advocates to build a curriculum that prepares students for the 21st-century economy.
We also need to streamline how entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses. We can make government more responsive to the fast-changing needs of emerging industries by building out NYC Digital to match the successful Office of TV and Film, and by cutting red tape at the Department of Buildings so innovators can launch companies without needless delays. We must also improve our Internet and transportation networks. New York City should explore the creation of a municipal fiber network—a project that has boosted Internet-service competition and drawn new businesses in cities across the country. Likewise, our city must create or expand transit links to areas of new job growth in the boroughs—from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Hunts Point—so thousands of New Yorkers can better reach them.
Finally, we must ensure that New York remains a city where people can afford to live, work, and raise families. We should embrace construction of micro-housing and accessory dwelling units that will create more affordable housing and open up larger units for New York families. By working together, we can create a new pipeline to the middle class, expand our entrepreneurial economy and ensure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to share today in the vibrant industries of tomorrow.