February 4, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has announced that applications are open for a fellowship program supporting commercial revitalization projects across the city. The program pairs neighborhood development professionals with community-based organizations to offer dedicated support for these projects. The full-time, paid fellows will work on their revitalization projects over 10 months.
The fellowship program is part of Neighborhood 360°, a SBS initiative dedicated to strengthening commercial corridors that anchor the city’s neighborhoods. The fellows program, which is currently wrapping up a successful pilot period that concludes in March, is now accepting applications for its second cohort through Sunday, March 12th.
“Vibrant neighborhoods help make New York a dynamic and exciting place to live,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “These fellows will lead impactful commercial revitalization projects in small business corridors across the five boroughs that will benefit our communities and our residents.”
Neighborhood 360° Fellows implement impactful projects around business attraction and retention, merchant organizing, and placemaking. Through local placements with community-based organizations in 10 different commercial corridors, the program aims to build a network of leaders with hands-on experience and expertise in commercial revitalization. More information and applications may be found online at nyc.gov/360fellows.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities,” said NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal. “I applaud SBS for creating opportunities for individuals to gain experience through community-driven work, while at the same time, being tremendous resources for the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. I urge our skilled New Yorker’s to apply for the Neighborhood Revitalization Fellowship and support our small business corridors.”