The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams at a Brooklyn Newsmakers event, Wednesday, September 13 at Brooklyn Law School, where he addressed the Brooklyn business community. Adams spoke on a range of topics, with a particular focus on his efforts to promote nutrition in New York City hospitals and his own personal struggle with diabetes. He also devoted attention to the newly announced #BrooklynPrime, a joint effort with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to draw Amazon's new headquarters to the county of Kings.
Adams has been the borough president since 2014. Before his election, he served in the New York State Senate for over six years, representing parts of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park. He also served as a New York City police officer for over 20 years.
Brooklyn Newsmakers is a long-running event series of the Brooklyn Chamber. Past keynote speakers have included members of the Brooklyn delegation to Congress, NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill and Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin.
The event is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and put on in partnership with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
"Borough President Adams has been an integral partner in our mutual efforts to advocate for economic development throughout the borough," said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. "We're thrilled to have him address the business community at Brooklyn Newsmakers, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing effort to draw Amazon's new headquarters to Brooklyn. Many thanks to our exclusive sponsor, Investors Bank, and to our partners, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Brooklyn Law School, for facilitating this discussion."
"The borough president's timely appearance at Brooklyn Newsmakers was a strong reminder of the tremendous opportunity that Amazon's new headquarters can bring to Brooklyn," said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu. "Amazon's 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital investment would further bolster Brooklyn's thriving Innovation Coast, provide needed economic support in a range of related industries and make an enormous economic impact on surrounding communities. I look forward to working with Borough President Adams and our community partners to pursue this exciting opportunity."
"I am proud to be a part of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce's Brooklyn Newsmakers fall series, and I commend them for bringing together the best and brightest of the borough's business community to address industry challenges and discover new opportunities for growth,
including a discussion I look forward to having on how good health makes for good business," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. "Brooklyn is a powerhouse for start-ups and established companies, and that's exactly the kind of environment I look forward to continue fostering in my administration."
"We are honored to sponsor the Brooklyn Chamber's Newsmakers event that will feature a keynote address by the Honorable Eric L. Adams. Our team at Investors Bank has formed a productive relationship with Borough President Adams and the Borough Hall staff. Together, we have taken significant action to serve many people and neighborhoods as well as assist local nonprofits across the borough. We encourage Chamber members, businesses, and Brooklyn's leaders to join us as the Borough President presents his forward-looking message about the positive changes transforming Brooklyn," said Investors Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Ana Oliveira.
"Borough President Adams has always been a huge proponent of education at all levels throughout Brooklyn," said NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. "We are excited to continue to work with him as he supports the innovation economy and helps us push the bounds of STEM education in the borough."
"There is no moat or drawbridge or ivory tower separating our great law school from our exciting, vibrant, dynamic home community. We are proud to once again welcome both Borough President Adams and the Chamber of Commerce whose expert, effective leadership continues to enhance the experience for all those who live, work, study and enjoy what Brooklyn offers. I hope that everyone in this distinguished group of civic leaders, educators, journalists, and entrusted citizens returns to the law school this Sunday, September 17, when we will once again be participating in the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. Six new books by our faculty authors will be featured, C-SPAN TV will broadcast live from our Moot Court Room, and there will be programs offered all day inside the school," said Nick Allard, Dean of Brooklyn Law School.
"Borough President Adams has demonstrated time and again his steadfast commitment to Brooklyn and the long-term growth of the borough. His leadership has strengthened local businesses, promoted cultural institutions and shown the rest of the city what innovation looks like. His participation in the Brooklyn Chamber's Newsmaker series today is a testament to that success," said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer.
About the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce:
The mission of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is to serve its members through promotion, advocacy and programming in order to build and maintain a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn.
The Chamber will celebrate its Centennial in 2018.