BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
The NYC Regional Economic Development Council has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Long Island City Partnership to support a “Comprehensive Plan” for the region. The plan will be built on extensive studies of the region’s commercial, residential, cultural and economic activities, with the ultimate goal of guiding and fostering the area’s growth as efficiently as possible.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the grant early last month at the 2014 REDC Awards. In total, $61 million was awarded to 71 projects in the City.
“We want to identify what needs to be done and how to do it,” LIC Partnership President Elizabeth Lusskin said.
“At the end of this effort, we want to have a set of action items. Not a beautiful glossy vision, but really a set of things to do that need to be done,” she added.
According to Lusskin, some potential results of the Comprehensive Plan might include a job placement strategy that links people in the area with the businesses that need them, or a plan for better transportation circulating within Long Island City.
“Our goal in supporting this study is to help Long Island City identify key areas that will spur economic growth and strengthen the local community,” Joe Tazewell, NYCREDC executive director, said. “The comprehensive plan resulting from the study will generate economic opportunities and engage key local stakeholders to ensure that this booming New York City business district continues to thrive.”
Elected officials were optimistic for the potential of this study to support Long Island City’s growth.
“I know this much-needed funding will allow the LIC Partnership to make the necessary investments to benefit our community. Thanks again to Governor Cuomo and [State Dept. of Economic Development] Commissioner Ken Adams for recognizing the importance of investing in our local businesses,” Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Sunnyside) said in a statement.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said, “The $100,000 grant from the Regional Economic Development Council is not only a recognition of the stellar work of [the LICP], but begins the real work of completing a comprehensive study on how to get LIC to reach new and even greater heights.”
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.