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The “Jamaica Now” Action Plan - Leadership Council - 2019-20 Re-Appointment Application
The Jamaica Now Action Plan
The Jamaica Now Action Plan is a holistic set of economic development initiatives designed to stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica’s downtown core and is the product of 9 months of planning and outreach that included over 30 meetings with community stakeholders and two large public meetings, each with more than 250 people. The Jamaica Now Action Plan incorporates the recommendations from key stakeholders including the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Regional Plan Association, and York College/CUNY and sets forth action items for investments that have begun to strengthen existing assets, support growth and address community concerns to help Jamaica thrive as an affordable and attractive destination for living, shopping and working. The plan is broken down into short- (0-3 years), medium- (3 to 5 years) and long-term (5+ years) projects. There are 26 strategic actions in the areas of workforce and business development, education, health and wellness, public safety, youth development, housing, transportation and urban design improvements -16 of which will launch within three years, representing approximately $153 million in current public funding.

This plan is an effort led by Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in partnership with the Departments of City Planning, Housing Preservation and Development, Parks & Recreation, Small Business Services, Cultural Affairs, and Transportation, Regional Plan Association and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The Leadership Council
The Plan’s success in reaching its milestones has hinged upon the continued engagement from all those involved, including a group of community stakeholders. The Leadership Council was appointed and convened to oversee the Plan’s roll-out and ensure that the community’s interests remain the priority. The Leadership Council’s job is to provide oversight and evaluation of the implementation process and to keep the City accountable for the plan. This Council was designed to ensure the sustained growth of Jamaica as a mixed-income neighborhood with vibrant commercial corridors, inviting public spaces, improved transit networks, and a diverse economy providing quality jobs for local residents. The Leadership Council is led by community stakeholders, with the support of City Hall, and meets no less than 4 times per year for the life of the Action Plan.
Criteria
Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older and fit the following criteria for consideration. Each applicant must be a resident, business owner, property owner, student, community based organization, government representative, or community leader living or working in the study area. This application is for members who are a Jamaica Leadership Council member. Interested Jamaica NOW Leadership Council Members are encouraged to re-apply by completing the attached application and returning it by Mondday, August 19, 2019.
Study Area
While downtown Jamaica is the civic center of the neighborhood, the focus of the Action Plan includes the area bounded by Union Turnpike, 188 Street/Farmers Boulevard, Linden Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway.
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Are you 18 years old or older? *
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In five sentences or less, please articulate your current understanding of what the Jamaica NOW Action Plan goals and outcomes are designed to accomplish for Jamaica, Queens.
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