The Jamaica NOW Action Plan drives many community-led development projects across the neighborhood of Jamaica.
The Plan is being led by the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council [JNLC], a group of community stakeholders who provide oversight and guide implementation of the Plan through 2020.
2019 Members of The Jamaica NOW Leadership Council with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, seated, center, and flanked by Co-Chairs Tameka Pierre-Louis and Ian Harris.
Jamaica NYC is home to many cultural activities and institutions.
Almost two dozen LinkNYC kiosks, complete with free Wi-Fi, internet access and advertising opportunities for area businesses, have been installed throughout Jamaica.
A new and improved Jamaica.
Impact by the numbers
• 26 Projects, 25+ Partners.
• $153 Million in New York City resources secured.
• $10 Million in New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds secured.
• $600,000 for Storefront Improvement projects for 10+ businesses.
• The installation of 21 free LinkNYC Wi-Fi kiosks along Jamaica Avenue.
• $400,000 for the reconstruction of Brinkerhoff Mall Park.
• The Queens Feast, a 12-week food business training program hosted by Queens Public Library, graduated 100 applicants. As a result of its popularity, this program has been expanded to other locations, including The Rockaways.
Jamaica NYC is home to innovation
• In FY17, Scholars at Work provided Career Exploration services to 104 students across five CTE high schools, including eight students from Thomas A. Edison High School in Jamaica.
• In FY18, there were 41 students enrolled in Career Exploration across three CTE high school including 15 from Thomas A. Edison High School in Jamaica. An additional 113 students were enrolled in the Scholars at Work Internship program, of which 36 students were from Queens-based high schools, including five from Thomas A. Edison High School. These programs benefitted a total of 28 students from Thomas A. Edison High School over a two-year period.
On the horizon
• The release of recommendations from the Transportation Study conducted by the NYC Department of Transportation. [In partnership with the T.I.P.S. Committee of the JNLC.]
• The development of a 10,000-square-foot co-working space to benefit entrepreneurs in the community.