April 19, 2017
By Neal Tepel
Staten Island, NY – New York City has announced a new partnership with Staten Island MakerSpace, a Stapleton based non-profit STEAM education and community innovation center that helps support new companies that are creating jobs on Staten Island.
MakerSpace will join the Future works NYC Partner Network and receive $50,000 from NYCEDC, allowing the organization to purchase advanced manufacturing equipment, including a 3D resin printer and laser cutter, and make those machines accessible to more entrepreneurs and small businesses. The funding will support marketing and outreach, and MakerSpace will introduce the equipment and its services to school and college students.
“Growing the advanced manufacturing industry and introducing students to the possibilities they present are critically important to growing New York City’s 21st century economy. A partnership with Staten Island MakerSpace builds on our work to foster modern industrial jobs accessible to all New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Future works NYC is a network of programs and resources that supports New York’s advanced manufacturing sector, creates high-skilled production jobs, and increases competitiveness for existing companies. It is expected to create over 2,000 jobs.
“In our effort to create 100,000 good jobs over the next ten years, we are constantly looking for ways to invest in emerging industries and support the entrepreneurial spirit that drives New York City,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “As Staten Island MakerSpace joins Future works NYC, even more entrepreneurs will have access to the advanced manufacturing technology they need to start new companies and create 21st century jobs for New Yorkers across the city.”
New and current City investments in the wider industrial sector will generate more than 20,000 new jobs and support the city’s existing 530,000 manufacturing and industrial jobs, which represent 15.4 percent of the city’s private sector workforce. The sector is an important pathway to the middle class for many families, with median wages of $50,400 a year. More than 328,000 jobs in the sector (61.5 percent) are located outside Manhattan, 62 percent of the workforce comes from culturally diverse backgrounds, and nearly half are foreign-born. Approximately 63 percent of industrial and manufacturing sector jobs are available to individuals who do not have a college degree.
“With a centuries-long legacy as a manufacturing hub, New York City will remain at the forefront of this sector in the years ahead, thanks in part to the launch of Future works NYC,” said Council Member Debi Rose. “I am proud to say that an integral component of this initiative is a new Future works NYC Prototyping and Design Center at our own Staten Island MakerSpace in Stapleton. This center will assist our city’s inventors and entrepreneurs with needed design and fabrication services, helping to ensure that New York City remains a competitive leader in advanced manufacturing.”
The first project in the Future works NYC portfolio was announced in October 2016, with NYCEDC’s selection of TechShop to operate a 20,000 square foot advanced manufacturing center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is expected to support more than 200 businesses and create over 500 jobs in the next 5 years. The new facility is expected to open later this fall.