The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is moving to Industry City after more than 100 years operating from Downtown Brooklyn.
The Chamber will occupy 10,200 s/f of office headquarters within Industry City’s 16-building, six million square-foot manufacturing and innovation campus located on the waterfront in Sunset Park beginning in mid-July.
The new office offers the organization a 30 percent space increase, providing ample room to grow and respond to the city’s need for small business support services amid the financial fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Brooklyn’s economy is comprised of innovative small businesses, including many minority and immigrant-owned companies more typically found at Industry City and throughout every neighborhood across the borough,” said Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “Industry City is truly an economic engine for Brooklyn, and its diverse tenant mix of manufacturing, retail, hospitality, tech, fashion, design, and MWBEs reflects our business community. Plus, its vibrant, amenity-rich environment is strategic for attracting top minds and talent to the organization.”
“Simply said, having the Brooklyn Chamber as an anchor tenant at Industry City is a big deal and testament to our extraordinary growth as a small business mecca and hub for Brooklyn’s Innovation Economy,” said Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City. “The Chamber has always been a workforce development and small business services partner to Industry City and now, with their services on-site, the Chamber will be an even greater asset to our tenants helping countless small businesses thrive in their markets and reach new heights.”
From the start of COVID-19 in March 2020 to the end of the calendar year, Industry City leased over 500,000 s/f . Leasing velocity in 2021 is on track to surpass 2020. Over 80 percent, or 450, of Industry City’s tenants are micro small businesses as defined by having fewer than ten employees or less than 2,500 s/f.
In recent months, Industry City has announced a plethora of new tenants, such as Loeffler Randall, a Brooklyn-born fashion and accessories brand; Fundraise Up, an AI-powered fundraising platform for nonprofits; Ashya, a Brooklyn-based fashion accessories design and retail label; and Package Free, a sustainable consumer products brand.