Small Business Services Commissioner Announces FAB is a Winner in the Neighborhood Challenge

Monday, December 16, 2013
Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh announced the six winners of the Neighborhood Challenge during an awards breakfast held at the Roosevelt House in Manhattan on December 11, 2013. FAB Alliance, in partnership with the Pratt Area Community Council, was one of the winners who presented their winning project at the reception.
Launched in September 2013, Neighborhood Challenge is a competitive grant initiative designed to encourage Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Local Development Corporations (LDCs), Merchant Associations, and other local economic development organizations to find innovative ways to improve services, generate economic activity, and attract more jobs and investment to their local commercial corridors. Grants were awarded to organizations that presented the most creative and impactful economic development and revitalization projects.
The winning proposals were selected by the Neighborhood Challenge Selection Committee, which consists of four economic development professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Winners were selected based on the project’s vision, implementation plan, neighborhood impact, sustainability and creativity.

PICTURED ABOVE:  L-R: Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS); Phillip Kellogg, Executive Director of FAB Alliance; Deb Howard, Executive Director Pratt Area Community Council; Elizabeth de León Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner of SBS; Jonathan Fanton, Chair of the Neighborhood Challenge Selection Committee.
FAB Alliance and Pratt Area Community Council project will work to close the “Cambridge/Classon Gap." The project will develop financial and architectural plans to encourage responsible real estate development on key vacant lots, activate public spaces, and increase access to public transportation by reopening a long-closed subway entrance. FAB Alliance and PACC believe closing the gap will generate opportunities for jobs and affordable housing for community residents, improve services for local consumers, and generally enhance and enliven this major commercial corridor.
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