Feb. 25, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
The Queens Chamber of Commerce has created a brand new council that goals to remodel Queens into a brand new expertise hub.
The Queens Tech Council, which launched Wednesday, goals to lure tech corporations to the borough and be sure that current companies are able to embrace new applied sciences.
The council is comprised of representatives from main tech corporations resembling Google, Fb and Amazon in addition to professionals from start-up corporations and native companies.
It was launched to assist Queens bounce again from the financial disaster and to assist native corporations adapt to technological adjustments.
Tom Grech, the president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, stated that the world’s borough is a sexy choice for tech corporations attributable to its wealthy variety, world-class universities and accessible transportation community.
“As our borough and area look to rebound from the pandemic, we must be leveraging all of the property that Queens has,” Grech stated.
“The Queens Tech Council will give attention to ensuring tech corporations have every little thing they should develop and thrive and that every one Queens companies have the tech sources required to stay aggressive in an more and more international market,” Grech stated.
Native authorities and neighborhood leaders may even type a part of the council’s membership together with financial growth teams just like the Lengthy Island Metropolis Partnership and the Better Jamaica Growth Company.
The council will assist Queens-based tech corporations faucet into sources and capital. It’s going to additionally help corporations in conventional industries to undertake new applied sciences into their enterprise operations.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce stated that Cornell Tech and the Enterprise Incubator Affiliation of New York State will assist upskill Queens employees by way of the council with a purpose to make them extra employable.
Angela Pinsky, head of presidency affairs for Google in New York, stated that the tech business is increasing and presents loads of job alternatives.
“Expertise has not solely helped totally different segments of the town keep related by way of this pandemic, however employment on this still-growing sector may proceed to be a robust profession path and an financial ladder for Queens residents and New Yorkers,” Pinsky stated.
The announcement comes at a time when many corporations have been compelled to foster new applied sciences and depend on digital instruments to do enterprise attributable to COVID-19 restrictions. The Queens Tech Council desires to be sure that no corporations are left behind because of these adjustments.
Elizabeth Lusskin, the president of the LIC Partnership, stated it’s important that Queens stays on the forefront of technological innovation with a purpose to rebuild its financial system.
“The Queens Chamber’s Tech Council will go a great distance in making certain that tech companies, whether or not they be giant or small, new to Queens or lifelong residents, can have the instruments they should flourish proper right here in Queens,” Lusskin stated.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest enterprise affiliation in Queens, representing greater than 1,300 companies and greater than 125,000 Queens-based workers.