Restoration Hosts Mixer to promote Tourism and Business in Bed-Stuy
On January 25th - Restoration hosted Explore Brooklyn Tourism Mixer for community members and small business owners in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn, and AirBnb. Guests filled the room, exchanging business cards and sharing their experiences as AirBnb hosts. Attendees were eager to learn how they could improve tourism in Bed-Stuy by capitalizing on assets already present in the community.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President, Andrew Hoya, opened the event by thanking all attendees for being the cultural ambassadors of Bed-Stuy and asking for their support in promoting the neighborhood. “We should be encouraging one another to patronize the businesses in Bed-Stuy” said Hoya. The Chamber has honored Restoration over the years with numerous accolades including the Brooklyn Century Award. “In its 50 years of service, Restoration has offered so much to the community. We are proud to be hosting our upcoming events here,” added Hoya. He noted that the Chamber is celebrating their own milestone this year, completing 100 years of service to Brooklyn and small business owners based in this borough.
Restoration President and CEO Colvin Grannum spoke about our organization’s role in the revitalization of Central Brooklyn. He went on to describe the various public-private partnerships Restoration has been part of over the years to improve the business climate.
Assemblymember Tramaine Wright, representing District 56, which comprises parts of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, took the floor to speak about the importance of supporting AirBnB hosts in the community. “Keep being an ambassador for Bedford-Stuyvesant!” exhorted Wright. Given the fact that Bed-Stuy suffers from wide gaps in wealth and income, she stressed the need for the homeshare movement to promote an agenda of equity and fairness. She concluded by expressing the hope that local residents would empower themselves to create wealth and become the “economic engine of our community”.
This mixer made it evident that the “sharing economy” has the potential of bringing important benefits to Bed-Stuy. With the steadily increasing flow of money and visitors to our area, local residents and business owners now have the opportunity to build a neighborhood they would be proud to be part of. The next “Explore Brooklyn Tourism Mixer” will be held on March 22nd at 7pm at Restoration