Panel Discussion: Worker Directed Economic Development: The Role of Planning in the Development and Support of Worker Coops

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY

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APA NYM Economic Development Committee invites you to a panel discussion with 3 guest speakers to discuss Worker Directed Economic Development. In 2014, NYC Council voted to support a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are growing nationally as part of a broad movement addressing urban poverty, long-term unemployment, and income inequality. Public and private leadership have been working together to support this promising option for improving the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable. This panel will explore the result off that legislation by hearing from leaders of organizations who have been funded by the The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative.

Moderated panel with question and answer session to follow.

Date:         Jan 18th 2018, 6pm to 8pm

Location:  Brooklyn Borough Hall : 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Leigh Brown, Program Associate from Democracy at Work Institute

Sylvia Morse, Project Coordinator, Cooperative Development Program from Center for Family Life

Matt Berlin, Senior Business Strategist from The ICA Group

Moderator: Scott Grimm-Lyon, AICP

RSVP is required via email no later than 5pm on Jan, 17th 2018. (Participants need to be on the guest list in advance for the building security)