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Meet the Makers: Episode 2


Industrial business is on our minds and in the news these days.

At NYCEDC, we work regularly with industrial businesses, advocates, and entrepreneurs to devise and implement programs to support manufacturing in the city. 

In the November episode of our Meet the Makers podcast series, Miquela Craytor, the director of the Industrial Desk, sits down with David Lee, the co-founder of KD New York, an apparel and dancewear company based in the Bronx. Meet the Makers shares the stories of manufacturers who live and work right here in NYC.

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David Lee at the Next Top Makers Bronx Pop Up. Image by Andy Zhou 

KD New York received a $50,000 grant through NYCEDC’s Industrial Growth Initiative and was recently chosen as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Inner City Companies by Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. They are also currently finalists in our Fashion Manufacturing Initiative grant program, which provides manufacturers with critical funds to support expansion and modernization. You can also learn more about KD New York's signature ballet product in their short video, The Gift: A Short Film by KD New York.

Listen to the November Meet the Makers podcast:


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And recently, in the news....

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment to transform Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a modern manufacturing facility. With this investment, it joins the Brooklyn Army Terminal in the queue of industrial facilities undergoing continual activation to house hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees.

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, introduced the City’s re-envisioned economic development strategy on Thursday, citing manufacturing as a key sector to drive growth and create opportunity for New Yorkers.

The industrial ecosystem is well known for providing New Yorkers of varying skill levels and education a meaningful foot in the door to upward mobility via stable, high-quality employment. Learn more about our industrial initiatives and how we are helping the manufacturing sector thrive here in the city.

Happy listening!



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