Hosted By Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
As I stated at the beginning of my administration, our business organizations and merchants associations have worked separately to improve their own neighborhoods for too long, an issue which must be addressed to make a better Bronx.
We need to work together to develop a strategic plan that will ensure the strength of all our business districts, and to position them for positive growth in the years to come. With that in mind, I want to invite you to take part in The Bronx Economic Summit: A Blueprint for Success, a full-day event designed to create an economic plan for the future of our great borough.
This summit will serve to examine and discuss important topics such as: the potential areas of growth and large scale developments, including the development of a Bronx marketing plan; how to attract and retain businesses on our commercial corridors, including the critical role of cultural organizations in the borough economy; the opportunities offered by the green economy, including planet-friendly transportation and development of vacant land/brownfields; and unemployment factors in the borough, job training needs for future jobs, and the role of start-ups in employment.
It is time to come together and plan for the entire borough. I am inviting you all to be part of our new plan, to be part of the construction of One Bronx. I look forward to welcoming you to the great borough of the Bronx on the 18th of November.
Ruben Diaz Jr.
Bronx Borough President
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Founder and Executive Director
Meet Our Moderators:
Director Policy Analyst
New York Power Authority
New York Business Reporter
Center for an Urban Future
President & CEO
Partnership for New York City
Chief of Staff
Congressman Jose E. Serrano Office
Steven J. Jerome
||Welcoming Remarks by the Bronx Borough President
||Morning Panel Discussions
||Luncheon - NYBG Grand Ballroom
||Afternoon Panel Discussion
||Closing Remarks by the Bronx Borough President
||(Tours of the Garden available at close of summit)
Morning Panels 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Poised For Growth: Opportunities on the Horizon
~ This panel will examine potential areas of growth and large scale developments, including the development of a Bronx marketing plan.
Stephen J. Jerome, President, Monroe College
Greg David, Editorial Director, Crain's New York Business
Paul Chapman, Vice Chairman, ABC Carpet & Home
Donald L. Ashkenase, Executive Vice President, Montefiore Medical Center
Daniel Garcia, President & Owner, Salsa Caterers and Special Events
Retention & Expansion: Capitalizing on Our Assets
~ This panel will explore how to attract and retain businesses on our commercial corridors, including the critical role of cultural organizations in the borough economy.
Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Adam Friedman, Director, Pratt Center for Community
Hon. Robert Walsh, Commissioner, NYC Small Business Services
John Shapiro, AICP, PP, Principal, Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates
Deidre Scott, Managing Director, Bronx Council on the Arts
Cashing in on the Green Economy
~ This panel will explore the opportunities offered by the green economy, including planet-friendly transportation and development of vacant land/brownfields.
Brian Warner, Director Policy Analyst, New York Power Authority
Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, NYC and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities
Jared Haines, President & Co-Founder, Mercury Solar Systems
Josslyn B. Shapiro, Deputy Director, Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
Majora Carter, President, Majora Carter Group, LLC.
Neil Pariser, Senior Vice President, SoBRO
Afternoon Panels 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Building Tomorrow's Workforce
~ This panel will examine unemployment factors in the borough, job training needs for future jobs, and the role of start-ups in employment.
Daniel Massey, New York Business Reporter, Crain's
Clarence Stanley, Director, NYS Small Business Development Center
Cristina Shapiro, Assistant Commissioner for NYC Business Solutions
Joseph McDermott, Executive Director, Consortium for Worker Education
Miquela Craytor, Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx
Retail Corridors: Meeting Merchants' Needs
~ This panel will explore the benefits of Business Improvement Districts and Merchants Associations, the presence of the informal sector, encouraging local purchasing between merchants, and technical assistance needs of merchants.
Jonathan Bowles, Director, Center for an Urban Future
Bernadette Nation, Director, Business Outreach Team/Energy Response Unit NYC Department of Small Business Services
John Bonizio, President, Assoc. of the Merchants & Business Professionals of Westchester Square, Inc.
Jeremy Waldrup, Assistant Commissioner for District Development, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Wilma Alonso, Executive Director, Fordham Business Improvement District
Stimulus Money & Other Public Funds: Immediate Opportunity
~ This panel will provide information on upcoming streams of stimulus money for businesses and access to other sources of capital.
Paul Lipson, Chief of Staff, Congressman Jose E. Serrano's Office
Kate Shackford, Executive Vice President, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Raul Hiraldo, Vice President, Commercial Loan Division, Citibank
Seth W. Pinsky, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Pravina Raghavan, New York District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Due to the overwhelming response for the Bronx Economic Summit,
we regret that registration is now closed.
We appreciate your interest in this event.
Please check this site again in the next few
months for updates on
the Bronx Blueprint For Success.
Special thanks to the following organizations for their participation in the planning committee:
161st Street Business Improvement District
Bronx Business Alliance
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
Bronx Community College
Bronx Overall Economic Development
Clean Energy Systems
Fordham Road Business Improvement District
Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC)
Jerome Gun Hill Business Improvement District
Kingsbridge Business Improvement District
Mid-Bronx Senior Citizen Council (MBSCC)
Riverdale Chamber of Commerce
South Bronx Board of Trade
South Bronx Overall Economic Development
Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District
Sustainable South Bronx
Third Avenue Business Improvement District
Throggs Neck Merchant Association
Westchester Square Merchants Association
White Plains Road Business