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LIC Partnership Executive Director to retire


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Photo Courtesy the Long Island City Partnership

After 14 years of dedicated service to the Long Island City community, Gayle Baron is celebrating her retirement.

Baron is the Executive Director of the Long Island City Business Improvement District (BID) and President of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC).

She helped lead the LICBDC in creating the BID in 2005, which is now known as the Long Island City Partnership.

“She really believes in community service,” said Gary Kesner, chair of the board of the LIC Partnership. “She has worked tirelessly with all the constituents to make sure that this community is one that is the center of the city.”

According to Kesner, Baron has brought together stakeholders involved from business to the arts to build what is now a strong and growing Long Island City.

Baron recently received the BID Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh.

“We will miss her, but her legacy has been established,” said Kesner. “She has been the glue that holds it all together. We wish her a wonderful retirement. We know that she has made the organization so strong that we are able to move on forward.”

On Wednesday, August 7 the LIC Partnership will be celebrating Baron’s retirement at SHI Restaurant at 47-20 Center Boulevard in Long Island City from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

 

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Two Queens BID leaders receive Leadership Award


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Courtesy of the New York City Department of Small Business Services

Two local business improvements districts (BIDs) took home distinguished awards at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards.

On July 15, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh presented the 2013 awards at Gracie Mansion to honorees from the five boroughs for their tremendous impact on New York City’s neighborhoods.

Laurel Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Center BID, and Gayle Baron, executive director of the Long Island City BID and president of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation, were two of three individuals who each received the BID Leadership Award.

Other categories include the Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur Award, Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award, Adaptive Reuse/Preservation Award, the Cultural Award, the Workforce Service Award, and this year’s new category called the Helping Hand Award, given to a business, organization, or individual that went beyond in helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“For the past 12 years the Neighborhood Achievement Awards have spotlighted the remarkable small businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to strengthen neighborhoods in all five boroughs, and this year we are also recognizing those that went above and beyond to help after Hurricane Sandy,” said Walsh.

 

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