FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2005
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG INTRODUCES NEW INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT NEW YORK CITY'S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
Creates New Office to Oversee Manufacturing Sector; Establishes Industrial Business Zones
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the creation of the Mayor's Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses to support New York City's industrial sector, and appointed Carl Hum, formerly the Chief of Staff and Special Counsel at the Department of Small Business Services, to direct the new Office. The Office will manage the creation of new Industrial Business Zones (IBZs), in addition to carrying out a number of initiatives to assist the manufacturing sector such as relocation tax credits, enhanced sanitation services and employee training programs. The City will invest about $17 million through 2009, and the proposed tax incentives are projected to cost the City about $9 million over the same time period if approved by the State Legislature. Council Members James Sanders Jr. and Erik Martin Dilan, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding Daniel Doctoroff, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Andrew Alper, Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert Walsh, City Planning (DCP) Commissioner Amanda Burden, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President & CEO Eric Deutsch and NY Industrial Retention Network Director Adam Friedman attended the announcement made at Arc Metal Group, which is receiving City benefits to expand in a future IBZ in East New York.
"Today, we are launching a comprehensive industrial policy that involves designing new business zones and creating new incentives to encourage long-term investment in manufacturing, warehousing and other industrial businesses throughout the five boroughs," said Mayor Bloomberg. "As I said in the State of the City, we are committed to diversifying our economy in order to create opportunity and jobs for all New Yorkers. Over the past half century, the City's industrial base has declined, along with many other American cities, but the industry remains a powerful engine of our economy and its 500,000 jobs represent about 15% of our workforce. We believe that our new industrial initiatives will stem this tide and grow our manufacturing sector. I want to thank all the Industrial Task Force members for arriving at a policy that will strengthen New York City's industrial core, help businesses to grow and increase jobs."
As part of the new citywide industrial policy, the City will designate specific boundaries for IBZs, which will replace outdated In-Place Industrial Parks, based on existing land uses, the industrial character of the neighborhood, traffic patterns and Empire Zone boundaries. The Mayor also announced that the Administration is committed to not rezone IBZs for residential use. To date, the City has identified the following neighborhoods for IBZs: Bathgate, East New York, Eastchester, Flatlands, Hunts Point, Jamaica, JFK Industrial Corridor, Long Island City, North Brooklyn, Port Morris, Southwest Brooklyn including Sunset Park and parts of adjacent industrial areas in Red Hook and Gowanus, Steinway, West Maspeth and Zerega.
"By making an ironclad commitment to maintain manufacturing zoning in key industrial areas and not permit residential use, we are responding directly to the concerns of many business owners who have articulated the need to make the City's zoning policies in industrial areas more predictable," said City Planning Commissioner Burden. "I am pleased that as part of an interagency effort, we will plan comprehensively for these key industrial areas to make them stronger and more competitive."
Alper: 'Creating a Better Partnership With City's Many Industrial Companies'
The centerpiece of New York's manufacturing push is the newly created Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses (OIMB), part of the city's Department of Small Business Services (SBS at http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs). The OIMB will manage the creation of the city's new Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) and will and oversee aid initiatives that include relocation tax credits and employee-training programs.
"Mayor Bloomberg's economic development strategy focuses on three key initiatives: making the city more livable, more business-friendly and diversifying our economy," said Andrew Alper, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (http://www.newyorkbiz.com). "Improving business conditions for our critical manufacturing sector touches on all three. This new policy will help us create a better partnership with the city's many industrial companies and create the proper conditions to catalyze job growth."
New York City is investing some $17 million in the manufacturing program through 2009, city officials said. During that same period, they explained, the Big Apple will provide about $9 million in projected incentives (at least if those subsidies are approved by this year's session of the New York Legislature).
Some IBZs Already Designated
The OIMB's incentives will revolve around the IBZs. Those zones will replace the city's existing In-Place Industrial Parks program, an initiative that New York officials described as "outdated."
The IBZs will be designated, city officials explained in a release accompanying the program's announcement, "based on existing land uses, the industrial character of the neighborhood, traffic patterns and Empire Zone boundaries." (Companies locating and/or expanding in a state Empire Zone are eligible for sales tax exemption and real property and business tax credits for 10 to 15 years.)
The city has already identified some of the IBZs, reported Carl Hum, the newly appointed director of the OIMB. Neighborhoods in which zones have been established, he explained, include the following: Bathgate; East New York; Eastchester; Flatlands; Hunts Point; Jamaica; JFK Industrial Corridor; Long Island City; North Brooklyn; Port Morris; Southwest Brooklyn including Sunset Park and parts of Red Hook and Gowanus; Steinway; West Maspeth; and Zerega. Other IBZs will be designated, Hum said.
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