OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Decades after Industry City began to fall into disrepair, in 2013, the once thriving campus began to show new signs of life. Seeking to reclaim Industry City’s historical role as a hub of innovation and local job creation, a new team began a significant repair and reinvestment program that is boosting jobs and opportunity in the neighborhood. To facilitate local inclusion and opportunity, the Industry City team has established a strong commitment to community engagement anchored by four pillars: Workforce/Small Business Development, Education, Sustainability, and Community Events.

HEAR STORIES FROM OUR COMMUNITY

IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS

MORE THAN

1,000

Sunset Park area residents have benefited from services offered at the Innovation Lab, an on-site job training, placement and entrepreneur support center at Industry City

35% of Industry City workers come from Southwest Brooklyn Communities and

NEARLY 20%

of Sunset Park residents who live and work in the neighborhood work at Industry City

Businesses based at Industry City are collectively growing by an average of

100

jobs/month

from 1,900 jobs to more than 6,500

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Hundreds of thousands of area residents have flocked to activities and events

$80 MILLION

of goods and services have been purchased from Brooklyn-based businesses with a focus on community-based procurement

Over $250 million

has been spent on basic building infrastructure making Industry City a model for adaptive reuse and sustainability

450 COMPANIES

ranging from some of the oldest manufacturing companies in NYC to tech entrepreneurs, design and media companies have moved to or expanded at IC

FOUR PILLARS OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Workforce/Small Businesses Development

In 2016, Industry City opened the Innovation Lab, a community, job training and entrepreneurship center run in partnership with local stakeholders. Since the beginning of its redevelopment, Industry City has been focused on local sourcing with over $80 million going to Brooklyn businesses.

Visit the Innovation Lab Website

Education

From STEM education for local elementary school students, to architecture and engineering internships for local high school students, to veterans and local small business entrepreneurship programs, Industry City has collaborated with and supported a broad range of educational partners to facilitate inclusion and opportunity in the Innovation Economy and Industry City’s redevelopment.

For more information see here.

Sustainability

As one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the nation, Industry City is a model for sustainability. From energy efficiency, to open space, to supporting green manufacturing and green/clean tech businesses, Industry City has introduced a range of sustainability initiatives over the last four years.

For more information see here.

Community Events

Over the last four years, IC has hosted hundreds of free events for the community from Salsa Sunday dance parties, to job and maker fairs, to scores of school field trips and a pop-up interactive bilingual exhibit by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Watch: Jeremy Lin from the Brooklyn Nets visit Charles O. Dewey Middle School Watch the video

For more information see here.

STORIES

“Entrepreneurs like myself with Sunset Park roots need the opportunities Industry City is providing.”

-Willie Villegas
Salsa Sunday

“It is amazing to be able to walk to work and be a part of the rebirth of such an important part of Sunset Park.”

-Crys Cooper
MTM

“El crecimiento de mi negocio me ha permitido emplear a muchos residentes de Sunset Park.”

– Julia Fierro
Maria’s Bistro

“I want to come here and see some guys I grew up with having shops here too.”

– Eric Aleman
King of Kings

“I’m thrilled to see Industry City coming back to life and with a promise of access to the jobs of tomorrow.”

– Liliana Polo-McKenna
Opportunities for A Better Tomorrow

“We now have a world class manufacturing facility, we’re able to attract top talent.”

– Jason DeSalvo
Fodera Guitars

“Most of my workforce walks to and from work.”

– Shant Madjarian
Juniper Design

“We must look to the next generation of jobs, not the last generation of jobs.”

– Pat Whelan
Sahadi’s

“Industry City has consistently worked to help me grow.”

– Jennie Dundas
Blue Marble Ice Cream

“We needed a landlord and an ecosystem that embraced small businesses and start-ups.”

– Eric Eve
Ichor Strategies

“If not for a place like Industry City, where are young people going to learn technologies that will propel advanced manufacturing into the future?”

– Darryl Hawes
M Factory

“El desarrollo de Industry City ha sido muy positivo para la comunidad. Ha creado más trabajos y traído gente con diferentes habilidades.”

– Daniel Lima
Avocaderia

“I think there’s something the neighborhood could benefit from.”

– AJ Rosado
Citi Bike

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