BY THOMAS GRECH
QUEENS CHAMBER CEO AND PRESIDENT
The recent news about Amazon choosing Queens as its next home is one of the most exciting developments in years. The jobs and economic opportunities that are created will add to our already vital economy in many sectors, from construction to technology to food service to transportation and more.
We are proud that the pro-business environment in New York City, especially our talented and diverse workforce, will help Amazon and other forward-looking businesses thrive. We can look ahead to more than 25,000 good-paying jobs that will allow more New Yorkers to access the American dream.
Amazon’s on-site employment center will include job placement and training. Many of the jobs will benefit local residents, including those in the nearby NYCHA housing. The new facility will attract additional investment into the region, and Amazon will be making investments in infrastructure and local education, as well. The benefits will echo across the area.
As fall ends and winter rolls in, the Queens Chamber has bolstered its events and outreach to create more opportunities for you.
In November alone, we hosted two Business Card Exchanges, a Job Fair with Plaza College, a Workforce Symposium with the Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a tourism mixer, and numerous small business seminars.
I continually mention our activities because it is of utmost importance for you, our valued Members, to take advantage of all the services we have to offer. As we always say, “Your Membership is what you make it!”
This means attending as many of Queens Chamber events as possible, whether they be small or large. The point is to get your name and your company’s name out there.
In addition to spreading the word about your business at our various events, it is equally important to frequently review your Member benefits and actually use them. Please check your email regularly to see all the programs and events we are hosting or partnering on.
Further, the staff and I are making outreach calls to make sure you are getting value from your Membership.
As a Member, you should be submitting editorial to be included in this, our monthly magazine, This is Queensborough. With a reach of 4,000 print and 15,000 digital subscribers, this is one of the most effective tools at your disposal.
Farewell to Brett Swanson
After three years of service, our colleague and friend, Brett Swanson, has decided to join our Member, Lime, as manager of Community Affairs. Our loss is their gain and we wish him well!