Community Economic Development Training

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will host a virtual community economic development training, which will take place on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 4 p.m. on Facebook live.

This event is part of a series aimed at educating the Southeast Queens community on how to create and grow their own businesses so they can take ownership of their neighborhoods. This is key to building generational wealth and avoiding gentrification.

Guest speaker Taaqiy Grant, a film producer and director, will discuss his new documentary, HAPI, which presents a snapshot of economic history spanning from the dawn of civilization to the present day. 

In his film, Grant has brought together some of the brightest minds in psychology, history, and business to explore the “BIG PICTURE," tying together the history of world economic development to our present socio-economic condition.

Guest speaker Jonnel Doris, NYC Commissioner For Small Business Services, will explain the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI), which offers innovative ways for New Yorkers to overcome economic and social inequality.

This event is co-sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Members Alicia Hyndman and Clyde Vanel. 

Our community partners are: Phi Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., REMA4US, Rockaway Business Alliance, Flying 3Sixty, Inc., Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association (MWCDA), Gateway JFK, Sutphin Blvd. BID, Merchant Association of Rosedale, Laurelton & Springfield Gardens (MARLS), and Blaque Resource Network.

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