Fourteen thank you notes, and deep gratitude, at Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re taking a break from manufacturing this week. Instead, it’s dark meat, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a deep dish of gratitude. We asked the Futureworks community who they’re thankful for and thought we’d share.

I’m Thankful for the NEW INC community – the staff, the members. In our day-to-day, this group inspires me with their work and warms my heart with their compassion and support for one another. They’ve taught me a lot about emotional intelligence; I’ve been appreciating that more and more the past few weeks. It was so meaningful to have a group of like-minded people to commiserate, grieve, and support one another post-Election! I don’t think I could have gotten through it without them.
-Julia Kaganskiy, NEW INC Read more

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Hey cleantech & smart city startups! NYC is the world’s biggest market

Ten years ago, cleantech meant solar power and energy farms. Now, it’s all about efficient cities and IoT. Local governments are updating aging infrastructure, have a wealth of users and an insatiable appetite for data. Entrepreneurs are equally hungry to decrease waste and, of course, change the world. Cleantech isn’t just “cleaner” “tech,” it’s smarter hardware that senses surroundings, knows users and manages itself. AI and cheap sensors are tiny foremen programmed to manage and track daily ops.

New York City has its fair share of infrastructure ops. We’re the world’s biggest municipal market for energy, sanitation, transportation and buildings. Imagine how much money and time we could save by being better managed, more transparent and efficient. The global smart city market will top $1.5 trillion by 2020, and VC money in the US doubled to $741.1m since 2015 according to Melissa Mittelman and Elliott Snyder at Bloomberg. Read more

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Get certified with NYDesigns’ Solar Plus Pro and Urban Future Lab’s Advanced Diploma in Clean Energy

As New York City continues its evolution into an advanced manufacturing hub, workforce development is a top priority. Sectors like wood fabrication and electronics manufacturing are growing at 38% and 26.7% respectively. Across the country, there are about 380,000 open manufacturing jobs, and filling them relies on the combination of skilled workers deep training.  We took a look at a pair of professional manufacturing certification programs across New York City that are preparing the workforce for a career in advanced manufacturing.

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Touring Boyce, New York’s most innovative advanced manufacturer

Tucked away in the manufacturing hub of Long Island City is Boyce Technologies, New York City’s most dynamic company. With back-to-back rankings on the Inc 5000 list, Boyce is good as building products as it is at turning down buyout offers. Founded in 2007, Boyce is riding 905% growth over the past three years, generates $29M in yearly revenue and is #6 on Inc’s list for national manufacturers. Their success is one of the reasons Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit during her recent Manufacturing Communities Act tour. Read more