In 2013, Industry, Employment, and Economic Mobility was captured as follows:
For a strong and thriving ecosystem, all New Yorkers need access to the tools and resources that will empower them to realize their full potential. In the digital age, digital literacy is the catalyst to activating the City’s potential in creating new jobs and facilitating economic mobility.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt illustrated in the Four Freedoms, every individual should have the freedom from want though an adequate standard of living, access to a living wage, and meaningful work. In New York City, this reality can be achieved through the funding of public spaces that focus on education, empowerment, and hands-on learning. Combining these opportunities with laws, policies, and programs that promote ethical industries, we create a positive ecosystem for all.
The next administration must maintain a commitment to entrepreneurship. This should be done by fostering programs that allow the next generation of New Yorkers to compete in tomorrow’s technological driven world. The underemployed and those willing to learn should be able to join initiatives that develop literacy skills and innovation for all.
Finally, the next administration needs to support locally developed ethical, green, innovative, creative, and potentially disruptive economies. From manufacturing to service industries to yet-to-be developed digital industries, all New Yorkers need a living wage and an opportunity for meaningful employment. Laws and policies should be structured to protect the individual while providing fertilized soil for industries to call New York City home.
This topic is a place to discuss what Industry, Employment, and Economic Mobility means in four years later. What progress has been made in the last four years? What new problems have arisen?