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July 10, 2018
NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett Addresses Brooklyn Business Community at Latest Newsmakers Event
James Patchett, President and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation addressed the Brooklyn business community at the latest edition of the popular Brooklyn Newsmakers speaker series. NYCEDC is the organization responsible for driving and shaping economic development across the five boroughs.
In his address, Patchett outlined the organization’s economic development projects throughout the borough, such as infrastructure investments, specifically in Coney Island; 21st century manufacturing jobs, specifically in South Brooklyn/Sunset Park and the Brooklyn Army Terminal; affordable housing, specifically the city-owned Bedford-Union Armory. Patchett also spoke about some of the hardships the borough faces, and what EDC is doing to alleviate the problems.
“Brooklyn’s transformation into a bastion of creativity and leader of industry will be remembered as one of the most dramatic urban renaissances in history,” said James Patchett, president and CEO of NYCEDC. “But we know that, as part of this rejuvenation, there’s still more work to be done. Today, it is the city’s job to promote continued growth in the borough while ensuring every single New Yorker can partake in this prosperity.”
Having the city’s foremost economic development representative speak to our membership is a true honor and so beneficial for our business community,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Acting President Rick Russo. “Many thanks to Investors Bank, NYU Tandon and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for supporting our Newsmakers events.”
“We are honored to sponsor the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Newsmaker Series in 2018, which brings together key business owners and executives. The program consistently features compelling presentations by exceptional leaders who serve Brooklyn, its businesses and communities. Our team looks forward to meeting new leaders and connecting with our clients and good friends at future Newsmakers events,” said Investors Bank New York Market Executive Ana Oliveira.
“It is an honor to host New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Patchett on campus,” said NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “He has been an advocate of many of our programs and we are proud to count him and EDC as a partner in projects ranging from our Future Labs which help keep the innovation economy growing, to the soon to launch Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”
“James Patchett’s strong leadership at the NYC EDC and his vision for New York City has been critical to the growth in Downtown Brooklyn and beyond. We’re excited to welcome him to the Brooklyn Newsmakers program and to continue our work together to promote a sustainable, accessible, and thriving Brooklyn,” said Regina Myer, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Past editions of Brooklyn Newsmakers have included NYC Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, five members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the House of Representatives, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, among others.
About the Brooklyn Chamber of CommerceThe Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce in New York. It was named 2017 Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State. The Chamber promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn. This year marks the Brooklyn Chamber’s Centennial.