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The New York State Empire Zone program was created in 1986 to help qualified companies reduce their cost of doing business. North Brooklyn was designated as an Empire Zone in 1998, and recently expanded in 2006 to include parts of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. As an Empire Zone certified business, firms are eligible to claim various credits against their New York State Tax liability. These credits are tied to employment and investment, and are available to industrial and manufacturing businesses located within the zone boundaries. There is a certification process which includes an application, review by a local Zone Administrative Board, and a state review to ensure each application is accurate and each business meets the State
EWVIDCO serves industrial businesses located in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. It offers general business development assistance; real estate, financing; ombudsman services; and employment job training and placement services through its affiliate Williamsburg Works. EWVIDCO manages the NYC North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone and the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zones, Williamsburg Valley In-Place Industrial Park, listed separately, and the NYS North Brooklyn / Brooklyn Navy Yard Empire Zone.

The Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center [GMDC] is the premier nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. Since its inception in 1992, GMDC has rehabilitated six North Brooklyn Manufacturing buildings for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises, artisans and artists. Currently GMDC owns and manages five of these properties, which together represent more than half a million square feet of space. These buildings are occupied by more than 100 businesses that together employ more than 500 people. GMDC, in addition to managing, maintaining, and improving its properties, actively looks for still more opportunites to uncover underutilized buildings. Crafting public/private financing, engaging staff in building design and reconstruction, and marketing newly renovated spaces to small businesses, manufacturers, and craftspeople. GMDC can influence how unused properties will be reinvented and push its mixed-use agenda. GMDC seeks to position itself as a national model that could be replicated. Keeping light manufacturing and artisans in American cities is paramount to the preservation of buoyant mixed-use communities.

North Brooklyn Development Corporation provides a free employment screening and referral service.
St. Nicks Alliance/Workforce Development is a rapidly growing workforce development arm of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. St. Nicks Alliance aims to help long-term public assistance recipients land that first job, enable those with some work experience to obtain high demand skills and secure high-wage jobs, and give other neighborhood residents the opportunity to obtain a career through evening programs. Call 718-302-2057, ext 210 for more information.
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