The Audubon Partnership for Economic Development (AUDUBON) is charged with the mission of increasing opportunities for local residents and small businesses in the communities of
AUDUBON’s vision and legacy is to be a model organization of effective partnership-based strategies and practices that advances local economic development on the community with the largest new-arrival Latino and language minority population in the northeast.
Our goals are to:
Our operating principles are to:
In 1999, APED won certification from the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which has strengthened its lending capacity and small business development program.
In 2000, JP Morgan Chase recognized the importance of APED’s missions and programs, so much so they donated a former bank building. APED’s subsequent occupancy of the building represents APED’s establishing itself as an organization that will endure the test of time, secure with a permanent home.
In 2003, more than 10,000 client visits were recorded, a 300% increase over 2002. APED is a very different agency since its inception ten years ago, when it was created. It has been changed by its stewardship and occupancy of a former bank building. The agency now operates from a busy commercial street, which has produced higher demand for services well beyond our current resources.
APED has demonstrated the ability to bring a wide constituency together. APED’s community organizing, community arts events, even its 2004 Autumn Breakfast serve as examples of bringing together the community. In addition to community stakeholders, Mayor Bloomberg, business, civic and real estate leaders attended the APED breakfast.
APED also successfully created the Sherman Creek Overall Development Plan. While we are not the landowner and we don’t have hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire the land and move forward on our own, we did create the plan and successfully bring awareness of the Sherman Creek project potential to the Governor and the Mayor.
Since APED’s founding, we estimate that we have helped approximately 94,000 small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, jobseekers and community residents over the past 11 ½ years through telephone assistance, walk-ins, technology center visitors, program participants, and information disseminated through events to attendees helping aspiring entrepreneurs and residents uptown.
APED’s past and current programs and projects include:
Carnegie Corporation of
Manhattan Borough President
NYC Housing Pres.& Dev./NPC
NYC Housing P& D./NPC-City Council
Hispanics in Philanthropy
JM Kaplan Fund
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (CBP)
The Audubon Partnership for Economic Development was created in December 1996 as a not-for-profit local development corporation. It grew out of a community organizing effort that succeeded in including
AUDUBON’s formation sent out an important and bright new signal: stakeholders had arrived to acknowledge their interwoven destiny with the community---that, without business involvement and cooperation, their interests would not grow in the community, and that new markets (for themselves or others) cannot materialize where poverty limits the demand for goods and services.
In 1998, a major grant award from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation launched AUDUBON’s commercial revitalization program which attracted and led to winning proposals from other sources. To date, APED has successfully managed grant programs from the NY State Dept. of Economic Development, Empire State Development Corp., NY State Dept. of Health, NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, U.S. Health & Human Services, U.S. Treasury Dept., U.S. Dept. of Education, National Endowment for the Arts and numerous grants and awards from private sources. This growth is quite an achievement for a young organization, and a testament of AUDUBON’s capabilities.
In 1999, AUDUBON won certification from the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which has strengthened its lending capacity and small business development program.