Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation authorizing the creation of the Greater JFK Industrial Business Improvement District (BID) in Southeast Queens. The formation of this new BID aims to bolster the economic competitiveness of John F. Kennedy International Airport and the air cargo industry that is vital to the airport’s attractiveness. This new public-private partnership will be formed in collaboration with the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and in response to a 2013 report published by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) that identified critical ways to improve JFK’s economic potential as a commercial hub. Creation of the BID unites community residents and business stakeholders in advocating for infrastructure investments, effective urban planning, quality of life improvements and enhanced connectivity to workforce development services. Details on the BID’s plan can be read on www.jfkibid.org/. BFJ Planning worked with BID consultant Barbara Cohen to lead the planning effort to create the Greater JFK IBID.