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Tuesday November 24, 2009
Wishing all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Annual Community Innovation and Development Awards


Long Island City, NY November 24, 2009 - Saying that "Innovation is at the heart of a successful community", OurLIC announced today that it is initiating a new award program for Long Island City. Annual Community Innovation and Development Awards, a series of annual awards, will be presented to residents, merchants, corporations, professionals, and to people from the art community in order to recognize extraordinary contribution and commitment to the growth and improvement of Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Dutch Kills, Maspeth, and the Business Improvement District.

Starting in 2010, Annual Community Innovation and Development Awards will be presented throughout the year in the following fourteen categories:

  • Innovation of the Year (December)
  • Man of the Year, Woman of the Year (December)
  • LIC Newcomer of the Year (December)
  • Job Creator Award (November)
  • Merchant & Merchanding Awards (June)
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Promotion Awards (May)
  • Internet & Web Awards (April)
  • Green Awards (September)
  • Street & Storefront Awards (July)
  • Restaurant & Food Service Awards (July)
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Humanities Awards (October)
  • My Good Neighbor Award (June)
  • Real Estate Developer Award (May)
  • Public Service Award (August)

Nominations will be accepted and reviewed by the OurLIC Annual Community Innovation and Development Awards Committee under the direction of a Board of Advisors.

For more information, to submit nominations, to participate in a Committee, or to become a Board of Advisor Member for the Annual Community Innovation and Development Awards Committee, please contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC.com 646-920-4652, or use our easy Referer Mail Form or our Opt-in Form.

Economic Development Report

Economic Report

The State of New York has released "An Economic Snapshot of Long Island City and Astoria, Queens" [ PDF File ].


  • Private sector employment in the Long Island City-Astoria area reached 88,070 jobs in 2008, a gain of 2,140 jobs (2.5%) since the end of the 2001-2003 recession.
  • Private sector employment declined by 2,760 jobs during the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same period last year.
  • Manufacturing accounted for 14 percent of the area's private sector jobs in 2008 - a much higher share than the City as a whole.
  • From 2002 to 2008, the areas housing stock increased by 4.8 percent (3,640 units) to reach 79,220 units - a faster rate of growth than the increase citywide (3.6 percent).
  • About 60% of the 6,300 businesses in the area have fewer than five employees. Only 20 firms have 500 or more employees.
  • After several years of decline, the population in the area grew by 1.8% in 2008 to 178,460, and the area has become increasingly diverse.
  • More Highlights and Report

    Full Story. [ PDF File ].

    Business at its BEST!
    Long Island City companies prepare for 2010.

    LICBDC Business Exposition and Luncheon and Awards

    LICBDC Luncheon and Expo

    The Annual LICBDC Exhibition and Award Luncheon for 2009

    The Annual LICBDC Exhibition and Award Luncheon for 2009

    Long Island City, NY November 18, 2009 - The Annual Exhibition and Award Luncheon organized by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation was vibrant and alive. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees enjoyed an upbeat six hours of concentrated, enthusiastic business. It was Business at its Best!.

    The Long Island City Business Development Corporation has a three-decade track record of assisting businesses in LIC.

    Go to Long Island City Business Development Corporation [ LICBDC ]

    News Story with All Videos and Special Walk-through of Display Areas.

    Full Photo Gallery News Story and Links.

    OurLIC Profile of Long Island City Business Development Corporation [ LICBDC ]


    If you attended the LICBDC Exhibition and Luncheon, or were an exhibitor, and you want to expand and extend your reach, OurLIC Business offers three programs.

    1. For EXHIBITORS, special arrangements can be made to link your website from the OurLIC Gallery Photo of your Booth, and you can add promotional text....or even a video commercial...that will display for 12 months. Tell us your "tabletop offer" for business-to-business. We'll get you into our OurLIC Business MARKETPLACE where people are searching for companies with solutions to their business needs. Please let us know the details of the offer you made at the LICBDC Trade Exhibition.
    2. For REGISTRANTS who want to professionally network for business opportunities, post your profile at OurLIC NETWORKING where we provide you with space and technology to share, communicate, and interact with other members of OurLIC NETWORKING.
    3. For BUYERS, just sign up for ASK THE AGENT to set up a specific request that remains alive. This is an AGENT that actually provides introductions; and, permits you to set up automatic, specific Requests for Proposals and Information that remain alive on the OurLIC Business and BizWiz services. It will contact companies, businesses, and professional people that can meet your needs. It will deliver your message. It will remain active for the period of time you specify; or, it can be terminated by you at any time. It is not a Search Engine. Use for it for Proposals, RFP's, Information, Employment, To be called, Expert advice, etc.

    Hunters Point South Open Spaces Project


    Joshua Wallack, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

    November 19, 2009 - The Hunters Point South Open Spaces Project was presented at a Public Hearing by Josh Wallack, Office of the Deputy Mayor along with representatives NYC Economic Development Corporation, (EDC), and New York City Parks Department. Members of the community had an opportunity to respond, express support and concerns, and ask questions. Additional comments from Kathy Nolan (State Representative) were presented and read into the record.


    • Largest Middle Income Housing Development Since the 1970's.
    • Transform largely vacant land along the East River in Long Island City.
    • Create 4,600 jobs, Catalyze more than \$2 Billion in private investment
    • School Planned in conjunction with SCA serving 1,100 intermediate and high scool students to open in 2013.
    • 100,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood and national retail space.

    Full Video and PDF News Coverage. The Public Hearing is presented in 13 segments in the left column. Additional segments are being loaded.

    Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller, Keynote Speech at LICBDC Annual Luncheon


    LICBDC Luncheon and Expo

    Long Island City, NY November 18, 2009 - In his Keynote Speech to over 500 business, professional, and community leaders gathered at the LICBDC Annual Luncheon, Thomas DiNapoli, Comptroller for the State of New York, discussed the State Budget priorities and his view of the growing Long Island City Economy, and investments being made here.

    The Comptroller's Office also attempts to find people who have abandoned funds that the state is responsible to hold in a 'FOUND MONEY' account until claimed. DiNapoli presented a check to LICBDC for 'FOUND MONEY' funds that showed up in a search for the organization.


    Gary Kesner, Executive Vice President of Silvercup Studios, is Honoree

    Gary Kesner of Silversup Studios is William D. Modell Community Service Honoree 2009.

    Gary Kesner, William D. Modell Community Service Honoree for 2009.

    Mr. Kesner is Vice President of Silvercup Studios, and Chairman of LICBDC. Silvercup Studios (30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, What Happens in Vegas ) is the largest independent film , television, and commercial production facility in the northeastern United States. Mr. Kesler supervises operations, administrative, legal, and financial affairs for the company.

    Mr. Kesner is not a stranger to community service. He has a long list of accomplishments beginning with a start in community service as a social worker at Hudson Guild Settlement House in Manhattan. There he focused on group work with teenagers and school age children.

    Gary Kesner was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Office of Business Development by Mayor Edward Koch in 1986, and served in that position until 1990. After leaving government, Kesner formed a consulting firm that provided management, policy analysis and program development services and advice on real estate issues and financing to private and non-profit organizations.

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    BizWiz, The Internet's Largest Business Network and Resource Marketplace, has been providing business-to-business services to help companies get connected to their markets and customers since 1995. It is a self contained system of services that can help any size company improve its business.

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    OurLIC Networking

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