Economic Development and Job Creation

The Economic Development and Job Creation Committee is responsible for oversight of effective employment and training programs and advocacy for equal opportunities and affirmative action for employment of local residents, minorities and women. The committee is the community board's liaison with related agencies such as the Department of Small Business Services and Human Rights Commission.

Except for holidays and other conflicts, the committee meets at 6:00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, September-June, in the Jonas Board Room, Metcalfe Hall, Long Island University; Flatbush and DeKalb avenues.
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Agendas and Minutes
The committee agenda is generally finalized one week in advance of the meeting.
Download the March 1, 2011 agenda (PDF)

Minutes are available after they have been approved, generally at the following month's meeting.

New and Developing BIDs
The FAB Alliance, a business improvement district (BID) signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in December 2008, is fully operational. Public review of a proposal to form a BID on Atlantic Avenue began in fall 2010. The Fulton Street BID extends from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue and includes some commercial streets just off of the thoroughfare. The BID proposed for Atlantic Avenue would be, if approved, mapped between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Fourth Avenue.
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State Funds for Navy Yard Manufacturing Center
In October 2009, then Governor David A. Paterson announced a $1 million award to develop a Green Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The award was part of the first round of monies from the Downstate Revitalization Fund.
Read Governor Paterson's press release

One month earlier, then State Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron announced $10.5 million in funding over three years for the project. The 22,000 square foot building is expected to create 300 jobs.
Read Senator Sampson's press release

Small Business Development Centers Open
The Small Business Administration has opened Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at two colleges in Community District 2. In the spring and summer of 2008, the federal agency created counseling centers at the New York City College of Technology, downtown, and St. Joseph's College, in Clinton Hill. Business owners can receive free assistance with business and marketing plans, sources of funding, e-commerce, licensing and regulations, and other topics.  The SBDC offer both one-on-one counseling as well as training and workshops.

Learn more about the center at the College of Technology
Learn more about the center at St. Joseph's College