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BID Challenge

The NYC Department of Small Business Services is proud to announce the seven game-changing solutions of 2012-2013! The BID Challenge awards of up to $75,000 each, will enable the awarded Business Improvement Districts to push the envelope and create new ideas that would make a difference in our city. Awarded projects are in various stages of completion, and we look forward to the impact that they will make. 

Award Ceremony Remarks from Jonathan Fanton, Selection Committee Chairman 

The 2012-13 BID Challenge awardees are:

Atlantic Avenue BID
Executive Director: Josef Szende
Project: The Atlantic Avenue BID will redesign the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway underpass to actively connect the commecial corridor to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Washington Heights BID
Executive Director: Angeline Ramirez
Project: The Washington Heights BID will create a new visual identity, coined "Explora," centered on creative marketing and a series of monthly events that will entice visitors to explore the culture of Washington Heights.

82nd Street Partnership
Executive Director: Seth Taylor
Project: The 82nd Street Partnership will offer storefront design assistance to property owners and tenants wishing to restore building facades, and provide matching grants to execute design build-out.

Southern Boulevard BID
Executive Director: Medina Sadiq
Project: The Southern Boulevard BID will develop a digital marketing program to provide technical training and website design services to independently-owned retail businesses.

Fordham Road BID
Executive Director: Wilma Alonso
Project: The Fordham Road BID will launch a series of movie events in Fordham Plaza to expand the BID's role in the programming and management of the soon-to-be reconstructed public space.

DUMBO Improvement District
Executive Director: Alexandria Sica
Project: The DUMBO Improvement District will build out creative community projects that allow local entrepreneurs to show off their new technologies and innovations for the betterment of the district.

Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID
Executive Director: Katie Lyon
Project: The Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID will provide financial incentives to encourage property owners to renovate historically vacant upper floor spaces for commercial use and catalyze job growth in Downtown Brooklyn.