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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2004


APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2004 NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOW AVAILABLE

On July 22, 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh will host the 2004 New York City Neighborhood Development Achievement Awards at a reception at Gracie Mansion.  The awards, established in honor of the late, former Assistant Commissioner Barbara Wolff, are given to neighborhood organizations that have demonstrated excellence, partnership and creativity in enhancing New York City's business environment and quality of life.

New York City's business improvement districts (BID), local development corporations (LDC) and other local organizations can nominate projects in six award categories: Economic Development, Marketing & Promotions, Community Development, Public Space, and two new categories, Small Business Leadership and Historic Preservation. 

Last year, the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) received the Outstanding Achievement Award for transforming the Gibb Mansion, an architectural gem at 218 Gates Avenue into a vibrant residential and community center that greatly contributes to the ongoing development of the Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods.  Other award winners included the Alliance for Downtown New York, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the Lower East Side BID, the Columbus Avenue BID, the Graham Avenue BID, the Cypress Hills LDC, the Grand Central Partnership, the Lincoln Square BID, the 34th Street Partnership and the Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation.

Applications are available online at nyc.gov/sbs, or by calling SBS at (212) 513-6300 to receive a copy in the mail. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2004.



  Ethan Davidson (212) 513-6318