A new report finds that tech-related jobs pay better than others, and that has the de Blasio administration pushing to teach technology more in schools and in training for adults. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
The city's tech sector may not be as famous as California's, but still, City Hall says it deserves a grander name.
"People talk about Silicon Alley, but let's get real. It ain't no alley anymore," said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.
In fact, in numbers of jobs, it's catching up to Wall Street, though partly because the city has been shedding securities-related positions.
That evolving employment landscape has City Hall re-thinking how it educates. Glen says public schools need more tech-related lessons.
Those looking for jobs also aren't being well served by New York's current $500 million job training program.
"I don't think there's an employer in this room who honestly thinks that as a city, we are training the workforce they are going to need five or 10 years from now," Glen said.
It's still unclear what will change, aside from the program name. Once called Workforce One, it's now called Jobs for New Yorkers.
"A lot of it is about real-time feedback," Glen said. "The world is changing incredibly quickly, so we have to get more nimble and make sure that when we are contracting out for services and workforce, that they're actually integrating the curriculum and the skills that people need, not what they needed two years ago or five years ago."
Some say that's not enough. They say for the tech sector and public education to really improve, City Hall needs to help boost broadband speed.
"It's the highest cost per person and the lowest speed compared to other cities, not just in the U.S. but around the world," said Andrew Rasiej of NY Tech Meetup. "So by having a mayor who actually recognizes that broadband is an infrastructure, just like electricity and water, the opportunity to create workforce development for the 21st century is more likely."
That requires changes in the city's relationships with internet service providers, something that Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't talked about at length recently.
However, at least the mayor is getting with the tech-savvy wardrobe. In a surprise appearance to tout new funding for pre-K, he said he shed his tie to fit in.