New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a resounding endorsement of the tech industry and the city’s role in further encouraging the sector’s growth during the opening keynote of Internet Week New York this morning. Perhaps the first indication of his enthusiasm was his punctual arrival at IWNY, which was packed with media and tech industry workers.
As the mayor reminded the crowd, “if a similar event was happening in Silicon Valley, the attendees would have to drive back to work, but here you can walk or bike back. That’s part of the glory of New York’s tech community. I’m proud to say that New York has the second largest tech sector. We’re growing, with 291,000 jobs that already exist in the tech system. We’re committed to a 5-borough approach, since there are start-ups in every borough”, he added.
De Blasio emphasized his hope that governmental efforts will help make the tech industry’s work experience better, especially since technology’s rise has fueled other parts of the local economy. He also acknowledged the prior mayor’s tech initiatives. “Bloomberg‘s administration did a fine job of setting the table, and we want to continue that effort.”