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Economic Opportunity

Lawyers Alliance helps to train and place people in jobs, increase financial literacy and economic independence, attract lending and investment, and promote community vitality and stability in all five boroughs.

Clients include community loan funds, low-income federal credit unions, community development corporations, workforce development groups, business improvement districts and community revitalization organizations, faith-based groups, nonprofits involved in for-profit business ventures, and other economic opportunity organizations.

Lawyers Alliance assists clients such as the nonprofit The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which promotes public and private investment and encourages responsible and sustainable business development to enhance Staten Islandís economy. These efforts improve the quality of life and provide broad employment opportunities in the borough.

Central to the group's work is its Neighborhood Development program, which includes the creation of Business Improvement Districts. Working with the New York City Department of Small Business Services, SIEDC created the West Shore Industrial Business Improvement District (WSIBID). After WSIBID was approved by the New York City Planning Commission and the New York City Council, pro bono attorneys from Lowenstein Sandler LLP assisted the WSIBID Steering Committee with drafting a fiscal sponsorship agreement with SIEDC, incorporating the associated charitable corporation under New York law, and obtaining tax exempt status. Since its inception in 2015, WSIBID has provided much-needed services, including private maintenance, private security, and signage and wayfinding to more than 50 businesses, and additional infrastructure improvements to help transform the West Shore into a premier industrial corridor. In addition, 18 new businesses have moved to the West Shore BID, creating hundreds of new jobs.