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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Program To ‘Stimulate’ NYC Media Jobs — Only $1.5M Spread Over Five Years

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes to create 8,000 jobs from a year-long project designed to prop up the city’s struggling media industry. The plan unveiled today involves encouraging partnerships among traditional and digital media, as well as academics, retaining talent in the media sector and attracting foreign media companies while helping NYC-based businesses expand abroad. It’s being spearheaded by the quasi-public/private Economic Development Corp., which launched the planning phase last November.

The city claims its media industry employs more than 300,000 people, making up nearly 10 percent of NYC’s private workforce, and accounts for $30 billion in annual revenue. A rep for the program didn’t respond to questions about how much public money would be spent on the initiative. But despite the grand ambitions behind the the program, the city is only devoting a paltry $1.5 million over five years to the effort, a rep for the city told paidContent. Release

NYC Start-up Procurement Initiative: Get ready, start-ups, the city has some business for you. In particular, the Dept. of Information Technology and Telecommunications will offer to help guide new media companies through the bureaucratic process of bidding for a city contract.

Media Tech Bond Program: The city will issue bonds to finance companies’ purchases of new manufacturing, research or production units, retrofit existing building to accommodate hi-tech servers, or make large IT purchases. The amount of individual funding will range from $1 million to $10 million.

Media and Tech Fellowship: About 20