Jersey City, NJ
Skyrocketing housing prices continue to cause many in Manhattan and Brooklyn to turn their attention to Jersey City and its more affordable housing stock, according to an article in The New York Times. It's also a stellar place to raise a family: Jersey City's McNair Academic High School was recently named a top public high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report.
As more people call Jersey City home, the city is seeing a lot of change, including an influx of coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants – and tech businesses. Often referred to as the "sixth borough," thanks to its proximity and easy access to New York, Jersey City is a great option for entrepreneurs, who enjoy many of the advantages of being based in New York without the high costs. And we're not the only ones who think so: the city landed on Providence Journal's list of the 13 hottest American cities for 2016.
New Jersey Tech Weekly is a go-to resource for many in the Jersey City tech community, while the popular Meetup group Jersey City Technology Startups serves as a way to unite and network. If you enjoy the camaraderie and low overhead that comes from co-working, then check out co-working spaces Indiegrove and Worksocial. Jersey City also recognizes the importance of training the next wave of tech workers: NPower's Technology Service Corps program provides free technology training for young adults.
Bill Noonan is a senior director at SPHERE Technology Solutions, a 30-person Jersey City tech firm that helps organizations manage data. Noonan says he sees a lot of advantages to being a small IT company in Jersey City.
"It's a great, up-and-coming city when it comes to technology," says Noonan. "It's becoming one of the biggest cities in New Jersey population-wise, and I think the access to space, to talent, and the close proximity to large organizations helps."
Noonan also singles out the waterfront and Jersey City's top-notch restaurant scene as some of his favorite parts of the city, as well as its convenient location – he often travels to New York to meet with SPHERE's clients.
Interested in opening your tech business in Jersey City? The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation is standing by to help with free expert advice. The group can even help you write your business plan!