Hurricane Sandy may have ravaged Staten Island back in October 2012, but the storm’s impact is still felt on the borough. That especially holds true for the East Shore, which was one of the hardest hit areas by the once-in-a-lifetime weather phenomenon. The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce hasn’t forgotten the devastation and destruction caused by Sandy.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to establish the East Shore Local Development Corporation (ESLDC). The 501c3 is made up of a board of local business and non-profit leaders. Part of the work of the ESLDC includes producing a zoning study, creating a beautification and enhancement plan, and making recommendations that will further the commercial revitalization of the community. One example of the grant in action is the hiring of uniformed ESLDC cleaning ambassadors to provide supplemental sanitation services to the district’s commercial corridors.
The mission of the ESLDC is to support flood resiliency with economic development.