Reflections on NYCEDC at 50 Years

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • How NYC’s approach to economic development has transformed over the past 50 years 
  • How past leaders of NYCEDC managed these transformations

  • Where the City and NYCEDC are headed in the future 

Over the last 50 years, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, formerly known as the Public Development Corporation (PDC), has helped stabilize and transform the City’s economy. Featuring three NYCEDC presidents, including its first and its current leader, this panel will reflect on major projects of the past, as well as NYCEDC’s vision for the future.

NYCEDC has implemented hundreds of projects and investments throughout the City’s five boroughs from the redevelopment of Times Square and the City’s minor league stadiums to more recent projects like the construction of the High Line and the East River Esplanade.

Under the de Blasio administration, EDC has taken on new importance as it drives an agenda of comprehensive growth and shared prosperity – one that keeps the engines of our economy strong, keeps us globally competitive, but is also focused on unlocking the potential of people, small and medium-sized businesses, and communities across the five boroughs. 

The City still faces major challenges like low wages, inequality, and aging infrastructure, but NYCEDC has pivoted to focus on creating quality jobs in strong resilient neighborhoods through inclusive processes where New Yorkers have a real say in how their community will evolve. 


Robert Lieber , C-III Capital Partners , New York , NY (see bio)
Maria Torres-Springer , NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development , New York , NY (see bio)
Carl Weisbrod , Senior Advisor HR&A , New York , NY (see bio)
Mitchell Moss , New York University - Wagner , New York , NY (see bio)
James Patchett , New York City Economic Development Corporation , New York , NY (see bio)