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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Department of Small Business Services Announces Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program

Five-Month Program Provides Leadership Skills, Training in Fundamentals of Commercial Revitalization and Professional Development Opportunities

Applications now being accepted through Friday, December 3

New York – The Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Coro New York Leadership Center and the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) today announced the launch of the Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program, a five-month part-time leadership training program that provides individuals working to strengthen New York City’s commercial corridors with the tools, experiences and networks they need to develop new ways to lead change in their organizations and communities.

Up to twenty individuals will be selected to participate in the program, with a majority of participants serving low to moderate-income neighborhoods. Individuals accepted into the program will work with experts in the field and other participants to develop their personal leadership skills and hone their commercial revitalization expertise. The program will incorporate the leadership development curriculum created by Coro, New York City’s premier leadership training program. Applications must be received by Friday, December 3, 2010 by 5 p.m.

“Building leadership from the ground up is crucial to supporting New York City’s neighborhoods,” Commissioner Walsh said. “Coro Neighborhood Leadership provides a unique opportunity for local leaders to craft a vision for their commercial district and learn strategies for making real progress toward that vision in partnership with the private, public and non-profit stakeholders at work in every community.”

“For 30 years, Coro has been building the leadership community of New York,” Scott Millstein Executive Director of Coro New York Leadership Center said. “Today, we are pleased to be partnering with the Department of Small Business Services and ABNY to support those who are working to build their commercial corridors across the city.”

Participants will take part in eight day-long training modules focused on leadership development and commercial revitalization training. In addition to these modules, the Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program will include mentorship opportunities through which program participants are matched with expert stakeholders in the commercial revitalization/economic development field. The five-month, part-time leadership program will begin in January 2011 with an opening retreat and will end with a final ceremony in May 2011.

“ABNY is pleased to support the Department of Small Business Services and Coro New York in launching the Coro Neighborhood Leadership program,” said Jennifer Hensley, Executive Director of ABNY. “As the city looks to do more with less, we believe that leadership at a neighborhood level is more important than ever before. We look forward to working with SBS and Coro to train practitioners in the skills they need to revitalize communities and commercial districts throughout New York City.” In order to be eligible for the program, leaders must be dedicated management staff of nonprofit organizations that serve commercial districts in New York City, such as a Business Improvement District (BID), local development corporations or other non-profit organization whose work focuses on commercial revitalization activities. New York City’s network of 64 BIDs is the largest of its kind and annually invests more than $98 million in services in their districts. New York is also home to dozens of local development corporations and community development corporations that support the vibrant retail corridors located across all five boroughs. For more information and to apply, visit

About the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate, and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to

About the Coro New York Leadership Center
Coro is New York City’s premier leadership training program and a community of 2,000 alumni across business, government, schools and non-profits that is shaping the city’s future. For nearly 30 years, Coro has used the city as its classroom teaching students and executives, activists and entrepreneurs how New York works so that they can make it better. For more information about Coro, please visit

About the Association for a Better New York
The Association for a Better New York (ABNY) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those that live and work in New York City and for those that visit. We bring together hundreds of the city’s finest citizens and organizations in the joint commitment of finding solutions that enhance and highlight the best New York City has to offer. For more information about ABNY, please visit


Sarah Krauss (Small Business Services) (212) 513-6318

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