QUEENS, NY — Queens business leaders want to make the World’s Borough into a tech hub.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new council Tuesday to brainstorm and develop plans for making the borough a go-to destination for the tech industry.
The chamber’s Queens Tech Council will feature representatives from Amazon, Google and Facebook alongside local stakeholders like the Long Island City Partnership and Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, according to a news release.
Together, the council members will work on initiatives to foster top-tier tech talent and make sure companies can get the resources and capital they need.
“As our borough and region look to rebound from the pandemic, we need to be leveraging all the assets that Queens has,” said Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
“The Queens Tech Council will focus on making sure tech companies have everything they need to grow and thrive, and that all Queens businesses have the tech resources required to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.”
The initiative is also timed to help the Queens economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is essential that Queens remains on the forefront of technological innovation, especially as we rebuild our economy in the wake of the pandemic, ” Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership, said. “The Queens Chamber’s Tech Council will go a long way in ensuring that tech businesses, whether they be large or small, new to Queens or lifelong residents, will have the tools they need to flourish right here in Queens.”