There will be a meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on April 24, 2014.

Raymour & Flanigan to Meet with Long Island City / Astoria Business and Community Leaders this Thursday 4/24/2014

The Long Island City / Astortia Chamber of Commerce welcomes Raymour & Flanigan to Long Island City in its first 'GROWTH: From the Inside Out' meeting.

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OurLIC will attend the meeting and present full video coverage.


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Meeting ~ Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:45 am; Raymour & Flanigan SHOWROOM. 48-18 Northern Blvd; Long Island City.
The location has Free Rooftop Parking. The entrance up ramp is on 49th and Northern Blvd. Take Elevator D down to the street level to Raymour & Flanigan.

Join us April 24th: Raymour & Flanigan to Meet with Long Island City / Astoria Business and Community Leaders this Thursday 4/24/2014

The Long Island City / Astortia Chamber of Commerce welcomes Raymour & Flanigan to Long Island City in its first 'GROWTH: From the Inside Out' meeting.

The meeting will begin with a reception at 11:45 AM.

NY City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will be a Reception Guest and Speaker, and join Chamber members in welcoming the Raymour & Flanigan Showroom to the community. He will update the Chamber on City Council developments relating to Business in New York City and also initiatives in the District. A life long resident of Western Queens, Jimmy Van Bramer was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009. He was overwhelmingly elected to a second 4-year term on November 5, 2013. On January 22nd, 2014 Council Member Van Bramer was elected Majority Leader of the New York City Council which is the second highest ranking member in the 51 member body. As part of his duties as Majority Leader, he was also appointed by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to co-chair the newly constituted Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) which plays an integral role in formulating the City's budget process to fund critical programs, projects and organizations citywide. Council Member Van Bramer also plays a key role is working with all members of the City Council, serving as a bridge between colleagues and the Speaker.



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REVIEW OF PRIOR MEETINGS

Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Meets to Hear Public Testimony

NYC Region meets on September 12, 2013.

OurLIC attended the meeting and presents full video coverage with this article.  Four Video segments are being processed and loaded.


TESTIMONY BY LONG ISLAND CITY / ASTORIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Meeting ~ Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:45 am; Court Square Place Conference Center; 24-01 44th Rd; 16th Floor; Long Island City.

Join us August 15th: Speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, Candidate for Mayor of NYC, will be the Featured Guest Speaker at Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Christine C. Quinn has spent her career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are critical to the lives of New Yorkers.  Chris started out as a housing organizer, helping low-income tenants stay in their homes and protecting affordable housing.  As the director of the Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Chris worked closely with the NYPD against hate crimes. 

Since 1999, Chris has served Manhattan's lower west side in the City Council.  Elected Speaker in 2006, Chris has negotiated on-time, balanced City budgets, reducing government spending, and preventing firehouse closings, teacher layoffs and cuts to key services.

Quinn has worked to find innovative and fiscally responsible ways to spark job creation.  She has been a leader in the fight to eliminate unfair taxes, particularly the double taxation of freelancers and sole proprietors. She has fought to eliminate unnecessary regulation on small businesses, and created a program that has drastically reduced the average wait for government inspections for new businesses.  She has worked to diversify our economy, investing in growing job sectors like health care and food manufacturing.  And Chris has helped our City develop an economy of innovation through tax credits and initiatives to support new ventures in the five boroughs.

A longtime advocate for affordable housing, Quinn renewed incentives for developers who build affordable units. Protecting tenants is a top priority – Speaker Quinn passed legislation to allow landlords to be taken to court for threatening tenants or interrupting essential services, as well as forcing landlords to repair dangerous apartments. Her innovative Housing Asset Renewal Program has turned unsold condominiums into affordable middle-income housing.

Speaker Quinn has long advocated investment in early childhood education and has worked to expand the City's universal Pre-Kindergarten program.  She has also worked extensively to better our middle schools, and at her urging the Department of Education has funded innovative new programs at the highest-need middle schools in the city.

Quinn and the Council led the environmental movement with legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, requiring manufacturers to collect and recycle electronic waste, and passed a bill establishing a plastic bag recycling program. And Quinn has passed bills to improve energy efficiency in large commercial buildings – a move that will reduce the city's carbon footprint.

As the first openly gay Speaker of the City Council, Quinn has worked extensively on issues of justice and equality. She emerged as a leading voice in the fight for marriage equality in New York State, and has made fighting hate crimes a particular emphasis.

Speaker Quinn legislated against harassment at reproductive health clinics and exposed anti-abortion front groups that pretend to be family planning clinics. She coordinated a public/private partnership to expand free HIV testing for tens of thousands of public hospital patients.

Working with immigrants' rights organizations, Quinn recently ended the injustice at Riker's Island that was turning innocent immigrants over to the INS and splitting up families.

Quinn has worked extensively to expand access to healthy food and reduce hunger.  She's expanded access to food stamps for those that need them, and make sure they could be used to buy fresh produce at Greenmarkets around the city.

Quinn and her wife, Kim Catullo, live in Chelsea, with their dogs.

Christine Quinn, Speaker of the City Council of the City of New York, and candidate for the Office of Mayor, will be the featured guest speaker at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on August 15, 2013.

Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operation Manager for City of New York, to Speak to Local  Business Owners at Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce

Shobowale announces new Business Liasons at New York City Agencies to work with Chambers of Commerce and other organizations

Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operations Officer of the City of New York, will address Greater Long Island City business owners at the August 15, 2013 SPECIAL meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

This SPECIAL RECEPTION and Meeting will be held at 11:45 pm at the Court Square Place Conference Center, 24-01 44th ROAD, Long Island City and will include featured guest City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as Candidate for Mayor. There will also be an introductory presentation from LaGuardia Community College on a new education service being made available to help small business owners with compliance for the Affordable Health Care Act. Reservations are require. Please use Sign-in at LICChamber.org For information and reservations, or sponsorship opportunities, please use the Sign-In page at the LICChamber.org website or call Arthur Rosenfield 646-920-4652.

Since May 2013, in a series of top level meetings between elected officials and local area small business leaders, the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce has been working to "Assist Government with Regulation Reform for Small Business." Other Chambers, such as the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce, and Merchants Association, such as 30th Avenue Business Association and ERDA Merchants Associate have join.

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Learn About Affordable Care Act and How Tax Credits and Penalties May Apply to Your Business.

Small Business Owners can learn from LaGuardia Community College program.

The  Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), an initiative of the Community Service Society, is a network of organizations across  New York State that helps small businesses get affordable health insurance and navigate health reform.  It provide health reform information in  group presentations and one-on-one consultations on insurance options, costs, tax credits, enrollment, dispute resolution and more.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will have a presentation from LaGuardia Community College on the programs offered by the school to help small business owners.

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Francesca Fiore - Assistance Dean of Workforce Development and Business
Danilo Djuretic- Program Coordinator, Small Business Assistance Program (Affordable Care Act)

Francesca Fiore  joined the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, as the Assistant Dean  of Workforce Development and Business.  Francesca has a wealth of experience in workforce and grant development.  She comes to us from FEGS Health and Human Services, a large nonprofit organization where her last position was as the Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health, Finance and Administration. Prior to FEGS, Francesca worked for the Fund for the City of New York, as a grants and contracts manager.  She is a CUNY alumni and received her BA and MA at Hunter College in Economics and Political Science. She was a President's Fellow in Economics at Columbia University and has a Masters of Public Administration, Finance Management and Public Finance from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

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John Liu, Comptroller of the City of New York and Candidate for Mayor addresses Long Island City Business Community at July 18th meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

John Liu, NYC Comptroller, Looks Under NYC's Hood and Identifies Innovative Shifts in Sources and Uses of City's Capital  7/18/2013

Business leaders respond positively to John Liu, Comptroller and Candidate for Mayor of City of New York

A youthful, energetic, and fact filled John Liu, spoke to community leaders at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2013.

OurLIC attended the meeting and presents FULL VIDEO including Q&A with this article.

Watch here for HIGHLIGHTS as they are transcribed.


About John C. Liu

Comptroller John C. Liu, the 43rd Comptroller of the City of New York, John C. Liu is responsible for ensuring the City's financial health.

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John Liu, NYC Comptroller, Looks Under NYC's Hood and Identifies Innovative Shifts in Sources and Uses of City's Capital  7/18/2013

Deputy Majority Leader of the NYC City Council Leroy Comrie, Candidate for Queens Borough President, Meets with Greater Long Island City Business Leaders 6/27/2013

Deputy Majority Leader Comrie chairs the Land Use Committee, and is a member of key Council Committees including Rules, Privileges & Elections, Finance, Consumer Affairs, Housing and Buildings, Cultural Affairs/Libraries and International Intergroup Relations and the Sub Committee on Zoning.

Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, a cadidate for Queens Borough President, was the featured speaker and guest at a meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Court Square Place Conference Center, 24-01 44th RD, Long Island City. OurLIC presents full video coverage of Comrie's comments as well as the Q&A that followed.

Watch here for  summary HIGHLIGHTS.

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Feature News

Diana Reyna, Chair of New York City Council's Committee on Small Business [ SPECIAL RECEPTION AND MEETING May 16, 2013: Meet with Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce ]

Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Meets to Assist Government with Regulation Reform for Small Business

City Council Member Diana Reyna Speaks.  VIDEO WITH ARTICLE

NY City Council Member Diana Reyna, Chair of Small Business Committee meets with a Newly Formed Council of Chambers of Commerce in NYC

On Thursday May 16th, the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting of executives from other Chambers of Commerce and Merchant Associations so that all can begin to pool resources and strengthen advocacy for small businesses.

Arthur Rosenfield, President of the LIC / Astoria Chamber, opened the meeting and discussed the importance of the opportunity that is presented by the review of regulations taking place by NYC Government.

NY City Council Member Diana Reyna, Chair of the Small Business Committee for the City Council, and Sponsor of recent bills regarding ease of regulations, spoke at the newly formed Coucil of President of Chambers of Commerce in NYC being organized by the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. 

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Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Meets to Assist Government with Regulation Reform for Small Business

City Council Member Diana Reyna Speaks.  VIDEO WITH ARTICLE

POSTPONED UNTIL May 16th: Special Reception and Meeting: Diana Reyna, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Small Business Council has been POSTPONED UNTIL May 16thdue to City Council Requirements

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will be May 16, 2013.

April 18th 'MAKE IT HERE' Meeting...Plus Networking Event at NEW BEERSMITH.


April 18th 2:00 PM Peter Vallone, "MAKE IT HERE". Advocating for Manufacturing in LIC / Astoria / Queens. Meeting with Long Island City Astoria Chamber at Steiway & Sons followed by TOUR of plan. < br />
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

TOUR of the Astoria FACTORY that makes the pianos that made Billy Joel the Piano Man - STEINWAY & SONS < br />
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

NETWORKING at SINGLECUT Beersmiths starts at 4:30 PM. 19-33 37th Steet, Astoria, NY 11105

POSTPONED UNTIL May 16th: Special Reception and Meeting: Diana Reyna, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Small Business Council has been POSTPONED UNTIL May 16thdue to City Council Requirements

POSTPONED UNTIL May 16th: Special Reception and Meeting: Diana Reyna, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Small Business Council has been POSTPONED UNTIL May 16th due to City Council Requirements

'The Small Business Community has a great time to come together to put forth an agenda that is healthy for them. It would be wonderful to understand how every candidate is going to have a small business agenda at the forefront.'

Council Member Reyna's address to the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce has been POSTPONED UNTIL May 16th due to City Council Requirements

As Chair of New York City Council's Committee on Small Business, Diana Reyna focuses on ways she can advocate for the over 220,000 small businesses across the five boroughs. She understands that they are crucial to New York City's economic rebound, and that the Council's efforts are not only for encouraging new small businesses, but on helping current business owners survive.

In response to a question during an VIDEO INTERVIEW with OurLIC NEWS about the impact of the coming elections, Reyna responded

'The Small Business Community has a great time to come together to put forth an agenda that is healthy for them. It would be wonderful to understand how every candidate is going to have a small business agenda at the forefront.' She follows by saying "This is your time."

 

On October 2, 2012, the City Council and the Mayor's Office announced measures to ease the regulations and fines for small business: [ OurLIC NEWS: NYC Sets in Motion Five New Programs to Support Small Business ]

  1.  Identification of violations for which businesses should receive a warning or opportunity to cure the violation instead of an automatic penalty or fine
  2. Elimination of obsolete violations;
  3. Streamlining of regulatory processes; Simplification of the Place of Assembly permitting process;
  4. Standardization of customer service training for all agency inspectors; and
  5. Designation of agency liaisons to serve as points-of-contact with chambers of commerce and industry groups.

Council member Reyna will update the Chamber on the status of legislation to implement these five measures.

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Background Information

Since 2002, Council Member Diana Reyna has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to her community through government service and advocacy. She has garnered citywide attention for her tireless efforts – powerfully and successfully championing affordable housing. Reyna has secured thousands of newly built affordable units as well as maintaining and preserving affordability. Throughout her tenure, Reyna has continued to lead the fight for overall increases of city resources on behalf of the indigent, minority populations and middle-class throughout the 34th District.

Council Member Reyna is committed to education issues, youth and senior services, and building a sustainable community focused on jobs; maintaining industrial and manufacturing space, as well as affordability and keeping her neighborhoods safe and secure. During this time of economic austerity, Reyna and her colleagues in the Council strongly contested the Mayor's proposed budget cuts and saved Fire Houses throughout her district, ensuring that our first responders will continue being there in our times of crisis. Daily, Reyna continues to envision new and bold ways to stem the obesity and asthmas rates in her community and is a tireless advocate for legislation that curbs the aforementioned afflictions. She envisions a united Williamsburg – decking the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that bi-sects the ‘Southside,' with a park that bridges the community and improves the open-space ration in Northern Brooklyn.

As Chair of New York City Council's Committee on Small Business, Reyna focuses on ways she can advocate for the over 220,000 small businesses across the five boroughs. She understands that they are crucial to New York City's economic rebound, and that the Council's efforts are not only for encouraging new small businesses, but on helping current business owners survive. Reyna supports innovation and high-tech job creation, investing in women or minority owned small businesses, as well as business incubators that facilitate the critical work of entrepreneurs in creating start-up companies. She aims to knock down barriers in the path of men and women who are hoping to take a chance, follow a dream, and start a business.

Reyna represents a dynamic community stretching from Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn to Ridgewood, Queens. She was born and raised in Williamsburg's ‘Southside,' and now lives in Bushwick with her husband, a sergeant in the New York City Police Department, and two boys. Reyna is the first woman of Dominican descent elected to office in New York State. She attended the Transfiguration School in Williamsburg and Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.

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OurLIC met with Council Member Reyna for a Video Conversation on March 26, 2013.  Their article includes the full VIDEO interview as well as her comments to the Organization or Latino Entrepreneurs (OLE) at a Trade Event at LaGuardia Community College.



APRIL 18th 2:00 pm:  Make it HERE! Advocating for 'Manufacturing' in Long Island City / Astoria / Queens.

Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. will address the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on 4/18 at 2:00 pm at the Steinway & Sons manufacturing headquarters, followed by a tour of the plant.

Steinway & Sons is an Astoria company that has set the highest worldwide standard for manufacturing for over 100 years.  It sets an example for success worldwide!  That success is clearly observable by the fact that this company, and its pianos, have influenced the entertainment and music industries worldwide for decades.  If a performing artists wants to create the most perfect concert quality music, they must use Steinway.  There is no equal. There is no compromise. 

The Case for Manufacturing in Long Island City / Astoria / Queens will be the topic of a special meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on April 18, 2013 at the Steinway & Sons manufacturing headquarters.

New York City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr., candidate for President of the Borough of Queens, will address the Chamber on the attractiveness of Queens as a location for manufacturing, industry, and companies seeking worldwide success.
Whether it is old world craftmanship, fabrication, or high tech engineering, the NEW Long Island City, Astoria, Dutch Kills, and Queens offer manufacturing and process companies definite advantage.

The meeting will continue as a TOUR of Steinway and Sons until 4:00 pm, followed by a networking event and an opportunity to meet other advocates of Queens development, business leaders, government official, as well as Steinway executives.

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Rich Buceta, Head Brewer and Lead Guitar brews it his way at Singlecut Beersmiths

This beer takes over a month to be ready!

You have to taste it to understand.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will host a NETWORKING Event for Members and Non-members in the TAPROOM at Singlecut Beersmiths on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

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TASTE OF ROMANIA ~  A Festival May 7, 2013







Food, Culture, Trade, and Tourism Festival at Bucharest Restaurant co-hosted by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce and the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce

There is a large Romanian and Moldovan community estimated to be 400,000-500,00 people in NYC.  Many live and do business in Sunnyside, Astoria, and other areas of Queens. Our Romanian neighbors are successful businessmen, importers, executives, real estate developers, professionals, doctors, lawyers, specialists in immigration, etc.

On May 7, 2013 a Food, Culture, Trade, and Tourism Festival will be held at the Bucharest Restaurant, 43-45 40th Street, Sunnyside, New York. The event will be co-hosted by the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce and the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce.

The Taste of Romania Festival will serve as a way for business leaders;  hotel general managers and concierge; economic development leaders; United Nations Trade councils; elected officials; and community leaders to come together to meet and open relationships that can define and promote trade and tourism opportunities between Greater Long Island City and Romania / Moldova.  The object is to open a dialog and identify initiatives that can be productive for the communities, and serve as paths for follow through by decision makers. 

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TASTE OF ROMANIA ~  A Festival May 7, 2013

Inside Roosevelt Island and Its Future with Long Island City / Astoria: March 21, 2013 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Leaders from Roosevelt Island will meet with the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, and make a presentation, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:30 am at the Court Square Place Conference Center, 24-01 44th Road in Long Island City.

This is a first step exchange.  The LIC / Astoria Chamber's objective is to learn about the emerging opportunities that are part of the new campus development, and begin to understand how Roosevelt Island and Long Island City / Astoria can connect and establish business and other relationships.

Guest Speakers include:

Judith Berdy

Judith Berdy is President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, a position she has held since 1999.

A 35-year resident of Roosevelt Island, she has chronicled the history, architecture, flora and fauna of this unique community in articles, guided tours and numerous speaking engagements. She has co-authored two books in the series Images of America that integrate period photographs with narratives of local heritage: Roosevelt Island and The Queensboro Bridge.

As a high school student and volunteer, Berdy performed clinical work at Goldwater Hospital in 1966-1967, at a time when the Island was populated only by hospitals, their patients and staff. "The Island always had an allure for me," she claims. Eleven years later, when newly built apartment buildings were opened to residents, she moved and joined the Roosevelt Island community.

Berdy's training as an archivist has helped her advance the Society's mission: to maintain, preserve and restore the artifacts and buildings that are the legacy of Roosevelt Island. Under Berdy's leadership, the Society has shared the Island's rich history with numerous groups, students, government officials, as well as Island residents and visitors in formal lectures, guided tours and informal Q and A's.

In 2003, Berdy located a historic trolley kiosk that once stood at the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge. Working with City and State agencies, as well as community members, she coordinated its removal from Brooklyn and transport to Roosevelt Island, where it became a Visitor Center. In 2010 she secured funds from the City of New York to restore the trolley kiosk. Gleaming with its traditional cream colored coat of paint and a bright, copper roof, the kiosk includes educational exhibits and an array of Roosevelt Island and New York City-themed merchandise for sale.

Other highlights include:

Maintaining an active archive of documents, development reports, historic maps, models, photographs and numerous mementos of Island life. These are available to scholars who visit the Society's office at the historic landmark Octagon building (formerly known as Metropolitan Hospital).
Writing numerous grants from government to support the goals of the Society.
Actively participating with other New York City preservation groups to advocate for historic preservation issues, including the six landmark buildings of Roosevelt Island.

Berdy serves as Community Liaison on the Board of Trustees of Coler-Goldwater Hospitals and is a Trustee of the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation.

Judy Buck

Judy Buck spent her working years in three fields: publishing, advertising, and academia.  She retired from New York University in 2011, where, for more than a decade, she worked with faculty members of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, writing and editing proposals and other materials to raise funding for projects in the fields of childhood literacy, education, psychology, gerontology, environmental education, music, theatre, and dance.

Previously, Ms. Buck was a copywriter and copy chief for several small, frantic Manhattan ad agencies, working with clients that included Ellen Tracy fashion and Macklowe Hotels.  Her publishing years included serving as advertising manager for the Trade Division of Random House Publishing.  

In 2012, Ms. Buck became a founding board member of the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC), which represents 35 Island organizations and provides a broad community voice in discussions with Cornell NYC Tech. 


 

 

Transportation access to the Conference Center is easy on the 7, N, Q, R, M, and E subway lines to Court Square.  If you are driving, there is a Municipal Parking Garage in the Court Square area as well as a parking lot at 23-02 42nd Road   (23st Street and 42nd Road is a short two blocks from Court Square Place).

To Register or Sponsor, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

 

To Register or Sponsor, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

SYMPOSIUM Announced: "Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate / Real Estate / Social Value Creation Strategies" for February 27 / 28, 2013


Peter F. Vallone, Sr. Prominent Leader in the Long Island City / Astoria Community. Represented Astoria in the New York City Council between 1974 and 2001. During his term, in 1986, he became first Speaker of the City Council

John Catsimatidis. KEYNOTE Speaker. Candidate for Mayor of NYC. Symposium on Valuation Strategies, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber or Commerce February 27 / 28, 2013

Lindsay J. Thompson. Lindsay Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her research and teaching interests center on values, leadership, and social change in business, society, and corporat

David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director, Corp RE & Advisory Services, Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors

Melinda Katz, Panelist, Symposium on Valuation Strategies by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. Former NYC City Council Member and Chair of the Council's Land Use Committee.

Martin Cottingham. Martin Cottingham, a real estate veteran with more than 17 years of experience, has joined Avison Young in the New York office as a Principal specializing in transaction management. Cottingham was previously Managing Director, Corporat

Kathrine Gregory operates the Entrepreneurs Space in partnership with Queens Economic Development Corporation. Kathrine began operation as The Artisan Baking Center Kitchen Innovations (ABCKI) in 2005....now called Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen / Entrepreneurs Space

Charles Noel Schilke, JD, CRE, Director, Edward St. John Real Estate Pprograms, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY; Senior real estate, financial, legal, and university educational professional with in-depth real estate, finance, legal, and educational experience in major corporations, law firm

Frank Arcabascio, Owner of Redken Saloon Salon, Astoria. Since 2011, Frank has served as President of the 30th Avenue Business Association in Astoria. It serves the needs of 350 restaurants, retail stores, banks, etc. The organization sponsors a Street Fair

February 27 / 28, 2013 - Symposium: "Strategies for Corporate, Real Estate, and Municipal Valuations for Greater Long Island City"

The Community SYMPOSIUM is scheduled to start with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, February 27th, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Queens Plaza Clocktower Bulding 29-27 Queens Plaza North LIC, NY 11101 AKA One Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. Peter Vallone, Sr. will be speaking promptly at 6:00 pm. It will continue Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:30 am through 12:30 pm at the Court Square Place Conference Center, 24-01 44th Road in Long Island City.

Cocktail Reception and Networking February 27th at 5:30 PM

Symposium Prominent Keynote Speaker and Panels: February 28th at 8:30 AM - 12:30 pm (Court Square Conference Center, Long Island City)

Panel Moderator: David Wilk, Corporate Valuation Advisors.

  • Panelist include Johns Hopkins University.
  • Others listed below.

Whether you are a leader in government, a small business owner planning your estate, a real estate developer, homeowner in the community, or anyone else interested in valuation, you will want to attend this Symposium.

For Background information, GO to VIDEO CONVERSATION:  Valuation Experts say there is a "Place Making Phenomenon" Going on in Long Island City

Long Island City, NY January 25, 2013 -

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will kick-off its Community Development Symposium Series by organizing a "Place-making Economic Development and Corporate Real Estate/Social Value Creation SYMPOSIUM which will present innovative ideas on strategies for corporations, municipalities, and entrepreneurs to create new economic development and jobs within their communities. The Symposium was created by Corporate Valuation Advisors and Sperry Van Ness, leading national real estate and valuation consulting firms recognized for their work with corporations, private equity firms, universities, governments, and communities throughout the United States.  (www.valuecreaterealestate.com)


The SYMPOSIUM is scheduled to start with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, February 27th, and then continue Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:30 am through 12:30 pm at the Court Square Place Conference Center in Long Island City.

A number of high level panelists from the community as well as from professional and academic organizations that specialize in various aspects of real estate strategic marketing, national valuation insights and community value creation will speak and answer questions.  Arthur Rosenfield, President of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce said "This SYMPOSIUM is designed to take a fresh look at the Greater Long Island City area by very highly qualified people with a fresh set of eyes.  Things are changing quickly; and, we need to step back and take a new look to understand where we are, where we are going, and what impact these changes have on value of all types.  We need to understand how to manage the 'value' being created in the community. We can learn from professionals and the academic community that have studied and helped similar communities, business owners, and developers elsewhere during their high growth periods." 

"Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate Real Estate/Social Value Creation Strategies

 

RECEPTION: Long Island City, NY February 27, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Welcoming remarks by Arthur Rosenfield, President, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce

6:00 pm: THE FIRST WORD: Peter F. Vallone, Sr.  Prominent Leader in the Long Island City / Astoria Community. Represented Astoria in the New York City Council between 1974 and 2001.  During his term, in 1986, he became first Speaker of the City Council.  Served alongside Mayors Koch, Dinkins, and Guilliani.

BREAKFAST MEETING: Long Island City, NY February 28, 2013 - 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

I.    Welcome and Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John Catsimatidis, Candidate for Mayor of NYC. Owner: Red Apple Group.


II.    Marketing Strategies that Create "Place-Making" Economic Development and New Demand for Real Estate in Communities 
     
Panel:       

  • Melinda Katz, former NYC City Council Member and Chair of the Council's Land Use Committee.
  • Kip McMahan, Principal, Fletcher Thompson Architects
  • Kathrine Gregory, Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen (Entrepreneur's Space Incubator)
  • Frank Arcabascio, President, 30th Avenue Business Association
  • David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, Sperry Van Ness, Corporate Valuation, and JHU (moderator)

III.     Corporate Real Estate and Social Value Creation for Communities

Panel:

  • Lindsay Thompson, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins (Social Enterprise)
  • Martin Cottingham, II, Principal, Avison Young
  • Charles J. Schilke, JD, CRE Johns Hopkins Carey, Director of RE Program
  • David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director, Corp RE & Advisory Services, Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors (moderator)

OurLIC has previously interviewed David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director of Corporate Real Estate & Advisory Services for Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors, and began a dialog on his important and unique view of Long Island City in the context of other "Places" in the United States that have emerged in what he calls "Place-Making". The interview is at:
OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  Valuation Experts say there is a "Place Making Phenomenon" Going on in Long Island City

This Community Development Symposium Series "Place Making Economic Development Strategies and Corporate Real Estate and Social Value Creation". The Symposium will be led by David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, who was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware for 24 years, and is now developing the programs at John Hopkins University with Dr. Lindsay Thompson and Charles J. Schilke, JD, CRE. This Community Symposium Series will become part of the Chamber's "Life-long Learning and Business Development Center" at Court Square Place Conference Center.

To Register, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

Inquiries for SYMPOSIUM Sponsor Packages are welcome.

Corporate Valuation Advisors is a full service, independent, international valuation consulting firm with 25 years of experience in providing well-researched and thoroughly prepared business valuation and asset appraisal services at highly competitive fees.  They have a client retention rate in excess of 85%, one of the highest in the industry.    Their reports have withstood the scrutiny of third party reviewing bodies, including the IRS, SEC, FASB and other regulatory bodies.  In addition to preparing valuations for acquisition related purposes, Corporate Valuation Advisors also prepares business enterprise valuations, stock and option valuations, solvency and fairness opinions and appraisals of real estate and tangible personal property.

The company has an excellent presentation of itself contained in two documents:

Corporate Valuation Advisors has developed a strategic partnership with Sperry Van Ness, one of the top real estate firms in the United States with over 150 offices. Mr. Wilk leads the national real estate practices of both companies and has enjoyed collaborative relationships with many other real estate and valuation firms around the country over the past 30 years.

Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors' real estate value creation platform has a proven ability to uncover millions of dollars of new earnings for clients. The earnings result from management consulting initiatives that foster better management and optimization of corporate, governmental, healthcare, educational, technology companies' real estate portfolios. Senior executives navigating their organizations through rapidly-changing business conditions often overlook the earnings potential of their corporate capital dedicated to real estate. They provide strategies for senior executives to better align their constantly evolving business strategies with real estate decisions, enhance liquidity, EBITDA, and stakeholder value, and insure their capital is being optimized.

The Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors partnership has recently developed a new real estate value creation platform ("Place-Making Economic Development Strategies for Communities"), which is a by-product of the recent economic slowdown and limited recovery, which has impacted real estate values and communities in a profound way.

Governments and municipalities around the country are being challenged greatly by today's real estate market (except for maybe NY and Silicon Valley) because values have dropped, tax bases are down, jobs have been lost, and there is no real sense of energy in many markets. Long Island City and New York City seem to be the exceptions today, but most communities are still anxious to identify ways to create more economic development and jobs.

This Symposium is designed to present new ideas and success stories on stimulating demand for real estate in communities by creating "Place-Making and Branding Strategies" which lead to economic development and new jobs.

Corporations also play a huge role in how they manage their real estate in a way that brings social value creation to their communities and earnings for their shareholders. The Symposium will also present innovative ideas on how small and large corporations and local stakeholders can work together to create more value in communities from underutilized or turnaround real estate assets.

Sponsors of the Community Symposium include ALMA Bank and 30th Avenue Business Association.


      

 

To Register, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

Inquiries for SYMPOSIUM Sponsor Packages are welcome.

Watch here for more details about this SYMPOSIUM.

 

For more information, please contact:

Arthur Rosenfield
President
Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce
24-01 Court Square Place
Long Island City, New York 11101
646-920-4652
Arthur@LICChamber.com

Peter F. Vallone, Sr. Prominent Leader in the Long Island City / Astoria Community. Represented Astoria in the New York City Council between 1974 and 2001. During his term, in 1986, he became first Speaker of the City Council
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John Catsimatidis. KEYNOTE Speaker. Candidate for Mayor of NYC. Symposium on Valuation Strategies, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber or Commerce February 27 / 28, 2013
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Melinda Katz, Panelist, Symposium on Valuation Strategies by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. Former New York City City Council Member and Chair of Land Use Committee for the City Council. Former NY State Assembly Member
David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director, Corp RE & Advisory Services, Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors
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Lindsay J. Thompson. Lindsay Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her research and teaching interests center on values, leadership, and social change in business, society, and corporat
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Martin Cottingham. Martin Cottingham, a real estate veteran with more than 17 years of experience, has joined Avison Young in the New York office as a Principal specializing in transaction management. Cottingham was previously Managing Director, Corporat
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Kathrine Gregory operates the Entrepreneurs Space in partnership with Queens Economic Development Corporation. Kathrine began operation as The Artisan Baking Center Kitchen Innovations (ABCKI) in 2005....now called Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen / Entrepreneurs
Director, Edward St. John Real Estate Programs, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY; Senior real estate, financial, legal, and university educational professional with in-depth real estate, finance, legal, and educational experience in major corporations, law firm
Frank Arcabascio, Owner of Redken Saloon Salon, Astoria. Since 2011, Frank has served as President of the 30th Avenue Business Association in Astoria. It serves the needs of 350 restaurants, retail stores, banks, etc. The organization sponsors a Street F
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To Register, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

Inquiries for SYMPOSIUM Sponsor Packages are welcome.

Watch here for more details about this SYMPOSIUM.

To Register, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

Inquiries for SYMPOSIUM Sponsor Packages are welcome.

March 21, 2013 - Regular Meeting. Topic and Guest to be Announced

Breakfast at 8:30 AM Court Square Conference Center, Long Island City

February 21, 2013 - Reception and Guest Speaker: Melinda Katz; Candidate for Queens Borough President

Melinda Katz was formerly a New York State Assembly Member, a NYC City Council Member, and Director of Community Boards for the Burough of Queens. During her terms of elected office, she served as Chair of the Land Use Committee for the City Council at a time when Long Island City was under its early phases of development. She is candidate for Queens Borough President.

Come meet Melinda Katz and hear her views. February 21st at 8:30 AM (Court Square Conference Center, Long Island City)

Melinda Katz has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level.

Melinda represented the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member for the 29th Council District from 2002 to 2009. As a City Council Member, she rose to Chair the influential Land Use Committee. Under her leadership, the committee secured private-sector partnerships that lead to the creation of over 15,000 units of affordable housing.

As head of the Land Use Committee, Melinda was responsible for approving citywide rezoning measures. She championed zoning measures that would pave the way for major redevelopment projects in neighborhoods in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from overdevelopment. In Queens, these neighborhoods included sections of Forest Hills, Bellerose, Holliswood, Corona, Douglaston, Middle Village, Laurelton, Flushing, Maspeth and Woodside. All together 6,000 blocks were rezoned throughout the city.

Prior to being elected to the New York City Council, Melinda served as Director of Community Boards for the Office of the Queens Borough President, Claire Shulman, from 1999 to 2002. In this position, Melinda helped to develop city budget priorities, plan economic development projects for Queens, and designate sites for city facilities.

Melinda also represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in Albany as the Assembly Member for the 28th District of New York from 1994 to 1999. During her tenure, Melinda authored and helped pass 16 laws, including requiring HMO's to provide women with direct access to critical gynecological services.

As an Assembly Member, she also served as Chair of the Assembly's Urban Health Sub-committee, and was responsible for bills that increased penalties for various forms of domestic abuse. Melinda also sponsored and passed the historic Kendall's Law, which helps prosecutors pursue cases of long-term, repeated child abuse.

In 2009, Melinda was the only woman running in the Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller. Most recently, she was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, a law firm specializing in government affairs and land use issues.

Born and raised in Forest Hills, Melinda is a graduate of the city's public school system. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her juris doctorate from St. John's School of Law. While at St. John's, she was published by the Journal of Legal Commentary and interned with the tenant rights division of the Legal Aid Society, the US Attorney's office and Judge Michael Mukasey in the Southern District of NY.

Her father, David, was the founder and conductor of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Jeanne, was the founder of the Queens Council for the Arts.

Melinda lives with her partner, radio personality and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, and their two children, Carter and Hunter. They are raising their children in the same Forest Hills house Melinda grew up in and her parents purchased more than fifty years ago.

To Register, please use the Sign-in page. For Information please contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

TOURISM PLAN 2013: Destination Long Island City, NY

Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce to focus on Travel and Tourism at its January 17th "CHAMPIONS FOR TOURISM" Luncheon meeting.

Reception for New York State Senator Michael Gianaris begins early. Please arrive by 12:00 pm


PONTICELLO Ristorante, a Mobil FIVE DIAMOND restaurant, is located at 46-11 Broadway, Astoria, NY

Long Island City, NY January 14, 2013 -

Part 2 - January 2013:  A Plan and "The Tourism Project for Long Island City" will be presented. Reception for New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, a Champion for TOURISM in Greater Long Island City.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce took an important step in the process of implementing  a plan to promote and develop tourism for the Greater Long Island City area ~ including Hunters Point LIC, Astoria, Dutch Kills, Sunnyside, Woodside, and the adjacent LaGuardia Airport. [ Go to OurLIC NEWS: Long Island City Tourism Initiative Encouraged by New York State Department of Tourism and NYC & Co. ]

At a "BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS" for Tourism meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2012, a group of approximately fifty stakeholders met as a Travel & Tourism Council for Long Island City to hear briefing from NYC & Co., New York State Department of Tourism, and Arthur Rosenfield, President of the LIC Chamber.

Speakers from both the New York State Department of Tourism as well as New York City's official partner for tourism promotion, NYC & Co. made presentations, discussed their resources, and outlined guidelines for their interest in cooperating with specific promotions that the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber might bring to them.

A PART 2 meeting of the Chamber and its Tourism Council will take place at Ponticello Ristorante, 46-11 Broadway, Astoria on Thursday, January 17, 2013. 

The meeting will begin early with a Reception for New York State Senator Michael Gianaris.  Senator Michael Gianaris said

"I am proud to be a part of the Long Island City community, whose ongoing responsible growth has allowed for the tourism boom we continue to experience. Home to major film production sites like Silvercup Studios and Kauffman Astoria Studios, state of the art facilities for organizations like jetBlue and CUNY Law School, and an increasing tech and arts culture, Long Island City is a tourist attraction in its own right. Along with with unmatched views of Manhattan, beautiful green spaces like Gantry State Park and residents who care deeply about our community, Long Island City helps make western Queens one of the best neighborhoods in the country."

Following comments by the Senator, the group will hear additional presentations and participate in a planning process to develop ideas and a plan to implement specific DESTINATION STRATEGIES that can be developed and managed on a sustained basis. The overall process includes answering the questions:

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where do we want to be?
  3. How are we going to get there?
  4. What do we need in order to make it happen?

Our agenda for the PART 2 meeting is to formulate the plan and strategy to create the proposed "Virtual Tourism Agency" that will manage and promote Tourism for Greater Long Island City under management and guidance from the LIC / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. In support of that, I have invited a few people who have special service to help us:

  • Deborah Robinson, Faculty Advisor CUNY, LaGuardia Community College, to speak about the schools internships (including the schools Department of Tourism and Business / Hospitality).
  • Jack Eichenbaum, the Queens authority and Official Historian, will help define what we are offering for visitors to our neighborhoods. Jack has been conducting public tours of Greater Long Island City for 30 years. Experts from other business services will be with us to help shape the plan.
  • I have also engaged Louis Xifaras, Heartland Payment Systems, to provide some special help that he will discuss.
  • The Travel and Tourism Council for Long Island City will be essential participants in this meeting.

We want people to come and enjoy the great neighborhoods, culinary arts by chefs in our restaurants, outdoor cafes, diverse cultures, artists, performing arts, world class museums and institutions, galleries, theatre, parks, views, and fun of Long Island City.

The Queens Gazette has also produced a worthwhile news article LIC/Astoria Chamber Discusses Possible Travel And Tourism Office by Tom Cogan. The following is an except from the article appearing on page 15 of the January 2nd edition.

The meeting and the plan for a local tourism bureau drew excellent response, a notable enthusiast being Frank Arcabascio, president of 30th Avenue Merchants Association in Astoria. He owns Redken Saloon, a hairdressing place, but was urged to head a restaurant week promotion in Astoria this past summer. Having succeeded there (with the help of other enthusiasts, such as one restaurateur who said that patrons running up a bill of $25 or more would get a free bottle of wine, and wound up giving away 67 of them), he's willing to try further adventures but needs the help of others, he said. Astoria and other places in the Long Island City area need more "Mediterranean-European"-style cafés, he also said. Along with Rosenfield and Freire, he emphasized that restaurants drive tourism in urban communities. Anyone at the breakfast meeting could be sure of his enthusiasm after hearing him say during the introductions, at the very start of the meeting: "Coming to today's meeting has already been a success."

According to a U.S. Travel Association study, marketing programs bring in more visitors, generate new tax dollars, and create jobs for states and local communities.

"The research analyzed campaigns conducted by the state of Michigan and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. The 'Pure Michigan' promotion generated 7.2 million trips to Michigan by out-of-state visitors, who spent $2 billion there and generated $138 million in new tax revenue for the state. In 2010, spending by out-of-state leisure visitors jumped 21 percent year-over-year, to $6.4 billion, and created some 10,000 tourism jobs."

Hotels are very important to to the Long Island City economy and to our restaurants, transportation services, merchants of all types, banks, galleries, wedding venues, institutions, cultural centers, and even landscape design companies. Every business, organization, and institution in Greater Long Island City is touched by TOURISM.  It not only leads to a thriving economy, but it means job creation.   The business community wants to engage a stronger relationship with the hotels.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce identified 30 hotels with 3,637 rooms, including the LaGuardia Airport hotels closest to Greater Long Island City.   For every $30.00 spent by guests at the local hotels at our restaurants and businesses, there is $39,825,150 of income for the community's economy  -  plus the benefits of secondary income and jobs.   Others are under construction and will open in 2013. 

General Managers and Sales Managers of these hotels have expressed an interest in knowing more about the anticipated LIC / Astoria Chamber of Commerce local market development plan.


In making the announcement for the two meetings, Arthur Rosenfield, President of the the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce said: "Tourism to our community touches every business, every bank, every store, every small and large company, every institution, every family, every artist, every entertainer, even every child.  Everyone benefits from the economic boost as well as the cultural exchange made possible by tourism to Long Island City's culturally diverse neighborhoods.  These two meetings will kick-off an important new focus on building the DESTINATION appeal of our neigborhoods: Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, and Woodside. We are looking forward to gathering the resources of the business community and others so that we can make an important leap forward in attracting visitors and to share the  wonderful experiences of these neighborhoods, with so much to offer, during 2013."

The facts are simple, Greater Long Island City; including Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, and Woodside; have extraordinary attraction for visitors from around the United States, around the world, and from regional and local communities.

  • Hotels have been built at an unprecedented level.
  • Airports are nearby.
  • Transportation is unmatched for cars and subways to reach all areas of New York City.
  • Manhattan is less than 10 minutes across the river.
  • Theatre, international film festivals, jazz festivals, organized art gallery events, and other entertainment is emerging.
  • Led by MoMA PS1, Museums and Art Galleries are world class.
  • World class and neighborhood restaurants offer authentic and diverse cuisines. The area is fast being recognized as a "culinary capital" and gaining critical acclaim from journalist everywhere, with high grades and recommendations coming from ZAGAT and THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  • European like cafes are attracting visitors looking for casual experiences.
  • Lower prices make longer visits and more entertainment possible.
  • The East River Ferry, with a stop at Hunters Point, offers excursions that criss-cross the river to numerous hot spots.
  • Recreation along the East River in Western Queens has become a major attraction including kyacking, concerts, and outdoor film.
  • For businesses and organization, the community offers a world class conference center at Court Square Place, along with nearby hotels.
  • Proximity to Racino and other important recreation in Queens is very close.

Investment by developers, government, and entrepreneurs in Greater Long Island City have reached a point where the community poised to enjoy the benefits of expanded tourism.

[ OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  Experts say there is a "Place Making Phenomenon" Going on in Long Island City ]


Interested participants and members should RSVP at the LICChamber.org website at the Sign-in page, or contact Arthur Rosenfield, 646-920-4652 or Arthur@LICChamber.com.

 

To participate in these meetings, and make your community stronger, please sign in at LICChamber.org.  Sponsors and speakers should contact Arthur Rosenfield at Arthur@LICChamber.com or call 646-920-4652.

PONTICELLO Ristorante,  itself a Mobil FIVE DIAMOND restaurant, is located at 46-11 Broadway,  Astoria, NY

 

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Recovery and Relief: Sharing, Solutions, and Answers for Small Business. LIC Chamber Reception and Luncheon Meeting November 15, 2012

Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce


NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Hurricane Sandy, and the follow-up Nor'easter, have left restaurants, merchants, professionals, and many types of small business owners with agonizing questions of where to get help. Some have been fortunate enough to have quick response from their insurance companies. Others are hurt by water damage, wind damage, loss of customers, gasoline shortages ,and persistent electrical outages.

RECEPTION GUEST and SPEAKER: NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

GUEST RESOURCE EXPERT: 

Shin Mitsugi
Deputy Executive Director
NYCIDA and BUILD NYC RESOURCE CORP
New York City Economic Development Corporation
(NYCEDC)

Bernadette Nation
Director,  Business Outreach Team / Emergency Response Unit
NYC Dept. of Small Business Services


The City of New York is coordinating various programs and services to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  New York City Economic Development Corporation is the primary coordinator of this effort. Shin Mitsugi is the person responsible and will address the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on the programs that are available. [ More details below.]

"Recovery and Relief" are Bernadette Nation two middle names.  She is seasoned... and responsive to small business emergency needs, already working to help business owners in the Greater Long Island City area.


Government and first responders have been working hard.  Companies and institutions like Guardian Data Destruction, the New York Irish Center, and MoMA have been lending an extraordinary hand to others.

Information and assessments continue to come in, and are made available quickly.

At this time, what is needed is sharing and, as Joe Kenton,  Chief of Staff for Council Member Van Bramer, says "crystallizing" of what to do next and how to use this time to plan and prepare for the future.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will meet at Da Gianni's Ristorante, 21-50 44th Drive in Long Island City, on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm. The meeting will focus on "Recovery and Relief: Sharing,  Solutions,  and Answers for Small Business."

RECEPTION GUEST and SPEAKER: NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

At an event to honor women in Van Bramer's District, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer began an introduction of City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer by first acknowledging Van Bramer's mother during Woman's History Month. Stringer then said he had come to the Open House because he wanted to let the community represented by Van Bramer know what an important contribution he was making to New York City...citywide. He referred specifically to his work in the area of cultural affairs and libraries, where Van Bramer chairs the City Council's Committee...and a budget that is always under constant threat of cuts by the administration.

Council Member Van Bramer is a constant presence in the Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Dutch Kills neighborhoods. His activities locally and during City Council sessions are always to the advantage of the community, including his support of small business owners.

During the Hurricane Relief, Van Bramer and his team were actively helping the community and others in need in Queens crisis / emergency situations. With both funding and his time, he has made a difference.

 

GUEST RESOURCE EXPERT:  NYCEDC's Shin Mitsugi; Deputy Executive Director, NYCIDA and BUILD NYC RESOURCE CORP; New York City Economic Development Corporation

The City of New York is coordinating various programs and services to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These programs include emergency loans for working capital, repairs/replacement of real estate, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Additional resources include temporary workspaces as well as employee retention and assistance programs to help retain your staff during this time.

Shin Mitsugi, Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has over ten years of experience working with various tax incentives and credits resulting in the retention, recruitment, and creation of jobs and operations in New York City by commercial tenants and developers. Mr. Mitsugi has also worked extensively in various tax-exempt bond financing programs, including the 501(c)(3) bonds, the Liberty Bond program and the Recovery Zone Facility Bond Program. Mr. Mitsugi is a graduate of NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (M.P.A.) and NYU's College of Arts and Science (B.A.).

  • Serve as a corporate officer for conduit issuers of tax-exempt bonds, Executive Director for New York City Capital Resource Corporation and
  • Assistant Secretary for New York City Industrial Development Agency
  • Assist companies to identify programs and incentives that can help them reduce operating costs
  • Develop and execute business attraction and retention strategies
  • Use City, State and Federal incentives to prevent companies from leaving New York City.
  • Recruit and encourage existing companies to grow and expand their operations.
  • Work with consultants and companies representatives to identify applicable incentives.
  • Prepare discounted cash-flow analysis to structure appropriate and cost-effective incentive packages.
  • Collaborate with attorneys, urban planner, economists and communications specialists to move project forward.
  • Write memorandums to Deputy Mayor and President that recommend courses of action.
  • Have collected $17 million in penalty from companies that violated an economic development agreement with the City.


  • Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information Brochure

    Download the Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information that covers all of the topics listed below in a printable, one-page (front and back) brochure.

  • Financial Assistance

    Businesses in need of financial assistance may be eligible for loans or tax exemptions to help repair, rebuild and get back to business.

  • Free Temporary Workspace

    Browse our listing of free temporary spaces donated by local hosts throughout the five boroughs. Spaces range from a few desks to square footage appropriate for larger displaced businesses.

  • Free Services

    Find services offered by local companies free of charge to business impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including administrative help, clean up and moving support, IT and communications assistance, and more.

  • Free Supplies

    The listing of generously donated supplies currently includes baked goods for food banks, storage containers for donated items, software, and more. View the list to find contact information for the donated supplies.

  • Employee Retention & Assistance

    If you are in danger of laying off employees due to Hurricane Sandy, NYC offers programs to help find alternatives including the Shared Work Program and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

  • Recovering Your Losses

    Need help with business interruption? Take steps that can help reduce and recover your losses from Hurricane Sandy.

  • SBS Solution Center Locations & On-site Assistance

    Find contact and location information for the NYC Business Solution Centers throughout the five boroughs. Learn more about on-site assistance offered by SBS Business Outreach in coordination with the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

  • Can Your Company Help?

    Is your company able to provide resources such as space, supplies, services, or other forms of assistance to New York City businesses that have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy? Learn how you can help with your donations.

Please use the Sign In form at LICChamber.org to reserve your participation at this meeting.

Hurricane Sandy, and the follow-up Nor'easter, have left restaurants, merchants, professionals, and many types of small business owners with agonizing questions of where to get help. Some have been fortunate enough to have quick response from their insurance companies. Others are hurt by water damage, wind damage, loss of customers, gasoline shortages ,and persistent electrical outages.

RECEPTION GUEST and SPEAKER: NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

GUEST RESOURCE EXPERT: 

Shin Mitsugi
Deputy Executive Director
NYCIDA and BUILD NYC RESOURCE CORP
New York City Economic Development Corporation
(NYCEDC)

Bernadette Nation
Director,  Business Outreach Team / Emergency Response Unit
NYC Dept. of Small Business Services


The City of New York is coordinating various programs and services to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  New York City Economic Development Corporation is the primary coordinator of this effort. Shin Mitsugi is the person responsible and will address the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on the programs that are available. [ More details below.]

"Recovery and Relief" are Bernadette Nation two middle names.  She is seasoned... and responsive to small business emergency needs, already working to help business owners in the Greater Long Island City area.


Government and first responders have been working hard.  Companies and institutions like Guardian Data Destruction, the New York Irish Center, and MoMA have been lending an extraordinary hand to others.

Information and assessments continue to come in, and are made available quickly.

At this time, what is needed is sharing and, as Joe Kenton,  Chief of Staff for Council Member Van Bramer, says "crystallizing" of what to do next and how to use this time to plan and prepare for the future.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will meet at Da Gianni's Ristorante, 21-50 44th Drive in Long Island City, on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm. The meeting will focus on "Recovery and Relief: Sharing,  Solutions,  and Answers for Small Business."

RECEPTION GUEST and SPEAKER: NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

At an event to honor women in Van Bramer's District, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer began an introduction of City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer by first acknowledging Van Bramer's mother during Woman's History Month. Stringer then said he had come to the Open House because he wanted to let the community represented by Van Bramer know what an important contribution he was making to New York City...citywide. He referred specifically to his work in the area of cultural affairs and libraries, where Van Bramer chairs the City Council's Committee...and a budget that is always under constant threat of cuts by the administration.

Council Member Van Bramer is a constant presence in the Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Dutch Kills neighborhoods. His activities locally and during City Council sessions are always to the advantage of the community, including his support of small business owners.

During the Hurricane Relief, Van Bramer and his team were actively helping the community and others in need in Queens crisis / emergency situations. With both funding and his time, he has made a difference.

 

GUEST RESOURCE EXPERT:  NYCEDC's Shin Mitsugi; Deputy Executive Director, NYCIDA and BUILD NYC RESOURCE CORP; New York City Economic Development Corporation

The City of New York is coordinating various programs and services to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These programs include emergency loans for working capital, repairs/replacement of real estate, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Additional resources include temporary workspaces as well as employee retention and assistance programs to help retain your staff during this time.

Shin Mitsugi, Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has over ten years of experience working with various tax incentives and credits resulting in the retention, recruitment, and creation of jobs and operations in New York City by commercial tenants and developers. Mr. Mitsugi has also worked extensively in various tax-exempt bond financing programs, including the 501(c)(3) bonds, the Liberty Bond program and the Recovery Zone Facility Bond Program. Mr. Mitsugi is a graduate of NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (M.P.A.) and NYU's College of Arts and Science (B.A.).

  • Serve as a corporate officer for conduit issuers of tax-exempt bonds, Executive Director for New York City Capital Resource Corporation and
  • Assistant Secretary for New York City Industrial Development Agency
  • Assist companies to identify programs and incentives that can help them reduce operating costs
  • Develop and execute business attraction and retention strategies
  • Use City, State and Federal incentives to prevent companies from leaving New York City.
  • Recruit and encourage existing companies to grow and expand their operations.
  • Work with consultants and companies representatives to identify applicable incentives.
  • Prepare discounted cash-flow analysis to structure appropriate and cost-effective incentive packages.
  • Collaborate with attorneys, urban planner, economists and communications specialists to move project forward.
  • Write memorandums to Deputy Mayor and President that recommend courses of action.
  • Have collected $17 million in penalty from companies that violated an economic development agreement with the City.


  • Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information Brochure

    Download the Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information that covers all of the topics listed below in a printable, one-page (front and back) brochure.

  • Financial Assistance

    Businesses in need of financial assistance may be eligible for loans or tax exemptions to help repair, rebuild and get back to business.

  • Free Temporary Workspace

    Browse our listing of free temporary spaces donated by local hosts throughout the five boroughs. Spaces range from a few desks to square footage appropriate for larger displaced businesses.

  • Free Services

    Find services offered by local companies free of charge to business impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including administrative help, clean up and moving support, IT and communications assistance, and more.

  • Free Supplies

    The listing of generously donated supplies currently includes baked goods for food banks, storage containers for donated items, software, and more. View the list to find contact information for the donated supplies.

  • Employee Retention & Assistance

    If you are in danger of laying off employees due to Hurricane Sandy, NYC offers programs to help find alternatives including the Shared Work Program and Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

  • Recovering Your Losses

    Need help with business interruption? Take steps that can help reduce and recover your losses from Hurricane Sandy.

  • SBS Solution Center Locations & On-site Assistance

    Find contact and location information for the NYC Business Solution Centers throughout the five boroughs. Learn more about on-site assistance offered by SBS Business Outreach in coordination with the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

  • Can Your Company Help?

    Is your company able to provide resources such as space, supplies, services, or other forms of assistance to New York City businesses that have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy? Learn how you can help with your donations.

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Emergency loans will be available. Assistance for Small Business from Deputy Mayor Steele's Office regarding Hurricane Sandy

Special Memo from Department of Small Business Services

The following memo from Deputy Mayor Robert Steele details assets available to businesses recovering from Hurricane Sandy:

New York City, including the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City

Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small

Go to Full OurLIC Article, Video and Photos for Emergency loans will be available. Assistance for Small Business from Deputy Mayor Steel's Office regarding Hurricane Sandy

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Business Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Preparing against potential damage / disruption to businesses due to Hurricane Sandy

Long Island City, NY October 28, 2012 - In preparing your business against damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, please review the guidance below. These recommendations will help you protect your business by providing ways for you to limit risks associated with damaged property, equipment, or information. It also offers guidance to help you better deal with the aftermath of severe weather.

Continue to OurLIC NEWS Article from Commissioner of Small Business

ANNOUNCEMENT

Long Island City, NY October 2, 2012 -

NYC Sets in Motion Five New Measures to Support Small Business

New Legislation developed by the City Council and Mayor will eliminate unnecessary obstacles that hinder business growth

The measures announced today include:

  1. Identification of violations for which businesses should receive a warning or opportunity to cure the violation instead of an automatic penalty or fine
  2. Elimination of obsolete violations;
  3. Streamlining of regulatory processes; Simplification of the Place of Assembly permitting process;
  4. Standardization of customer service training for all agency inspectors; and
  5. Designation of agency liaisons to serve as points-of-contact with chambers of commerce and industry groups.

Continue to full article at OurLIC NEWS


Thursday, October 18, 2012 - SPECIAL RECEPTION AND MEETING

Welcome to LICChamber.org...and the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.


US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Addresses Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce; then Honored for her "Community Leadership"

Maloney installs Officers and Directors, then HONORED for her "Community Leadership"

Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operations Officer of the City of New York, Addresses Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce at Reception and Meeting 10/18/2012

  • Tokumbo Shobowale is the Chief Business Operations Officer of the City of New York. In this role he serves as the Bloomberg Administration's lead official in implementing business-friendly practices.

US CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN B. MALONEY

Congresswoman Maloney administered oaths to the first Officers and Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.


The Congresswoman addressed attendees. TOPIC: "Defining the Future for Small Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Long Island City / Astoria Companies"

To Register for November 15th Meeting with City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, GO TOwww.licchamber.org/signin.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, has announced the Board of Directors for The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce. "The community is gaining a terrific resource of talented and energetic people who will guide the LIC Chamber of Commerce."



Results of June 28, 2012 Regular Meeting


BUSINESS ITEM #1: The final vote of Officers was presented by Brent O'Leary and approved virtually unanimously.

  • CHAIRMAN: Renos Kourtides - Alma Bank
  • PRESIDENT: Arthur Rosenfield - OurLIC
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Erhan Bahceci - Foodcellar Market
  • SECRETARY: John Dallaire - MaidPro
  • TREASURER: Rigoberto Cardosa - New Pronto Limousine Service

BUSINESS ITEM #2: The Executive Committee was authorized to begin preparation to file for Incorporation as per the By-Laws.

BUSINESS ITEM #3: In preparation for filing for Incorporation, the Board will select an insurance provider for indemnification of the organization and for its Officer and Directors as per the By-laws.




By-laws


REVISED FINAL amended By-Laws - Articles of Incorporation.




Mission
Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce is to advance, promote, advocate for, and protect the economic and commercial environment for local business, and to advocate responsive government; quality of life, cultural, education, and medical care development; while preserving the region's unique community characteristics.

To accomplish this mission, the LIC / Astoria Chamber of Commerce shall adhere to these GUIDELINES:

  1. Encourage business and community prosperity by promoting economic programs designed to strengthen and enhance the financial opportunities for all businesses within the region.
  2. Promote commerce between and for the Members of the LIC / Astoria Chamber of commerce.
  3. Effectively act to organize events that support common goals and the improved flow of commerce in the region.
  4. Serve as an effective non-partisan, non-sectarian voice for business on legislative, business, social, governmental and community issues affecting the region.
  5. Identify and overcome obstacles that are detrimental to the business climate and community growth.
  6. Support civic, social and cultural programs designed to increase the functional and aesthetic values of the community.
  7. Promote life long learning as the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual.
  8. Develop and oversee a community leadership program that gives the participants exposure to other leaders in the community, development of leadership skills, opportunities for personal growth and networking.
  9. Promote Tourism for the region by establishing and supporting the Travel and Tourism Council of Long Island City (TTCLIC).
  10. Attract companies to establish their location(s) in the region.
  11. Negotiate rates and cost savings with vendors, and with insurance companies for such necessary business expense items as employee health care and benefits, as well as other common purchases.
  12. Region

    The Region served shall consist of the Greater Long Island City Area including Hunters Point, Hunters Point South, Astoria, Dutch Kills and other areas known as Long Island City.

    • Monthly meetings will take place on the THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.

    "The Future of Long Island City"

    Regional Plan Association President, Robert Yaro, tells local business leaders at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce meeting March 15th. that this is the LIC MOMENT; and, that it is time, now, to plan.

    The topic was "Preparing for the Next Decade of Growth in Long Island City / Astoria".

    With simple maps, diagrams, and photos that stimulate the imagination, Robert Yaro showed that Long Island City is at the center of NYC's strategic growth plan.

    Regional Plan Association President, Robert Yaro, tells local business leaders at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce meeting March 15th, that now is the time to start preparing for the next decade of development.

    Go to Full OurLIC Article, Video and Photos for "The Future of Long Island City"

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