New York City Economic Development Corporation

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New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Public Development Corporation (PDC)
  • Financial Services Corporation (FSC)
Formation1991; 32 years ago (1991)
Typenon-profit economic development corporation
HeadquartersOne Liberty Plaza, New York, NY[1]
Andrew Kimball

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is a nonprofit corporation whose stated mission is to "strengthen confidence in NYC as a great place to do business; grow innovative sectors, with a focus on equity; build neighborhoods as places to live, learn, work, and play; and deliver sustainable infrastructure for communities and the city's future economy." [1]


NYCEDC was formed in 1991 as the result of a merger of two major not-for-profit and a handful of minor corporations which performed economic development services for the City. One of the major merger partners was the Public Development Corporation (PDC), formed in 1966 to rescue the City from its then-deteriorating economy by selling City property and leasing industrial space. PDC was responsible for construction of the Nassau Street Mall, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Jamaica Center, and the South Street Seaport, among other activities. The second major merger partner was the Financial Services Corporation (FSC) originally formed in 1979 as the NYC Economic Capital Corporation to administer government financing programs that promote business expansion in New York City.[3] Formation of the NYCEDC followed recommendations from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, who had been engaged in mid-1990 to "advise on the reorganisation of the NYC development system.[4]

Carl Weisbrod, formerly of PDC prior to its merger with FSC, was the first president of NYCEDC under the Dinkins administration. Weisbrod was succeeded by Charles Millard and Michael G. Carey under the Giuliani administration, followed by Andrew Alper, the first president appointed to the position during the Bloomberg administration. Robert C. Lieber was appointed in January 2007 and served until Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed him as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding in December 2007. Seth Pinsky served as President from February 2008 to August 2013.

Applied Sciences NYC[edit]

One of NYCEDC’s largest initiatives to date is Applied Sciences NYC, a competition to create a new world-class engineering campus in NYC.[5] In December 2011, Mayor Bloomberg announced the selection of a historic partnership with Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to create a groundbreaking, two-million-square foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, to be called Cornell Tech.[6] Applied Sciences NYC is expected to more than double the number of both full-time graduate engineering students and faculty in New York City. Over the next three decades the Applied Sciences NYC initiative is expected to generate more than $33 billion in overall nominal economic impact, add over 48,000 jobs, and launch nearly 1,000 spin-off companies. The Applied Sciences NYC initiative also includes the establishment of a campus in Downtown Brooklyn developed by a consortium led by NYU that focuses on the challenges facing cities, and a new institute for data sciences at Columbia University.


The Mayor of New York appoints seven members, including the chairperson. Ten additional members are appointed by the Mayor from nominees of the Borough Presidents and the Speaker of the New York City Council. Each Borough President nominates one member and the Speaker nominates five. Ten are appointed by the Chairperson from a list of persons approved by the Mayor. NYCEDC is not a New York City agency.

In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed 10 new members to the board of directors and As of April 2018, its board of directors has 27 members.[7][note 1][8]

In April 2021, restaurateur Danny Meyer was named as chairman.[9]

Other entities[edit]

New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) is a public benefit corporation under New York State law that provides companies with access to tax-exempt bond financing or tax benefits to strengthen and diversify the City’s tax and employment base, helps businesses locate and expand their operations within New York City, and encourages economic development by retaining jobs and creating new ones. NYCIDA is administered by NYCEDC.

New York City Capital Resource Corporation (NYCCRC), also administered by NYCEDC, is a local development corporation that provides lower-cost financing programs for eligible capital projects to qualified not-for-profit institutions and manufacturing, industrial, and other businesses.

Public projects[edit]

NYCEDC's joint projects with New York City as of 2018 include:

Gotham Center

Controversial projects[edit]

In November 2018, the news media reported that was in final talks with the government of New York State to construct one of two campuses for its proposed Amazon HQ2 at Queens West in Long Island City. (The other campus would be located at National Landing in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia.)[10] The selection was confirmed by Amazon on November 13, 2018,[11][12] but on February 14, 2019, Amazon announced it was pulling out, citing unexpected opposition from local lawmakers and unions.[13][14]

Waterfront rehabilitation[edit]

NYCEDC has been involved in plans to redevelop miles of the City’s working waterfront. It states that it helps improve public access to waterfronts through projects such as the construction of the East River Waterfront Esplanade along a two-mile shorefront of Lower Manhattan.[info 1]


  1. ^ "Contact Us". NYCEDC. Retrieved April 7, 2018.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "City begins pursuit of post-Amazon plans for Long Island City". Politico.
  3. ^ Smothers, Ronald (1979-07-19). "New City Corporation Joins the Effort to Aid In Economic Recovery". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  4. ^ Clark, Greg; Huxley, Joe; Mountford, Debra (2010). Organising Local Economic Development: The Role of Development Agencies and Companies. Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED). OECD Publishing. p. 114 (Box 4.17). ISBN 9789264083530.
  5. ^ "Applied Sciences NYC". NYCEDC. October 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton And Technion President Lavie Announce Historic Partnership to Build a New Applied Sciences Campus on Roosevelt Island" (Press release). NYCEDC. December 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "NYCEDC Board of Directors". NYCEDC. Retrieved April 7, 2018.[self-published source]
  8. ^ "Mayor de Blasio Appoints New Members to NYCEDC Board of Directors". The official website of the City of New York. July 24, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Rizzi, Nicholas (April 27, 2021). "Danny Meyer New Chair of NYC Economic Development Corporation". Commercial Observer. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Amazon's HQ2? Make That Q for Queens". The New York Times. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Amazon Selects New York City and Northern Virginia for New Headquarters". Amazon. November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Amazon's Grand Search For 2nd Headquarters Ends With Split: NYC And D.C. Suburb". NPR. November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  13. ^ McCartney/O'Connell, Robert/Jonathan (February 14, 2019). "Amazon Drops Plan For New York City Headquarters". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ "City begins pursuit of post-Amazon plans for Long Island City". Politico.


  1. ^ Size of the Board of Directors was based on counting the number of names in the list. Based on past member lists, the number of board members is not constant.

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