Lusskin leaves LIC partnership for statewide economic development role –

When Elizabeth Lusskin joined the Partnership with the City of Long Island as the new president in October 2013, there were only weeks left before the grand opening of Linc LIC, the first of many luxury towers in what would become the nation’s fastest growing neighborhood. Now, she is leaving after eight years leading the neighborhood development organization that promotes the burgeoning city’s industrial, commercial, residential, technology, social and cultural assets that have helped transform LIC into the one of the most advertised mixed-use communities in the country.

“Leading LICP and LIC BID during this pivotal time in LIC’s history has been the greatest honor,” said Lusskin, who will move on to Empire State Development (ESD), where she will serve as Executive Vice President of Small Business Development and Technology. “This is a truly fabulous community, encompassing everything a true ‘city’ would need – from industry to culture to residential – and a diversity of people, sectors and community leaders without previous. We have a top-notch, mission-driven staff and highly engaged Boards of Directors. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished over the past eight years, both as a neighborhood and as an organization, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for both.

Elizabeth Lusskin (Courtesy of LICP)

During his tenure, the organization expanded its scope, staff and services to serve the growing community that is now among the most productive in New York State. This included expanding LIC BID to more than double its size while LICP’s core business support operation grew to serve hundreds of local businesses, most intensively during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

“The Long Island City Partnership has been fortunate to have Liz Lusskin as its leader over the past decade of unprecedented growth,” said Patricia Dunphy, Senior Vice President of Rockrose and Chair of the LICP Board of Directors. . “Liz leaves the LIC community and the organization well positioned for its next big chapter.”

As LICP grew with the neighborhood, its business events such as the Real Estate Breakfast and Seminars became must-attend events and new community events were created including the LIC Summit, Business Open House careers, LIC Springs, Celebrate LIC and the LIC Gala.

“Liz Lusskin’s legacy in Long Island City is one of leadership, innovation and growth. I couldn’t be happier for her as she brings her immense talents to Empire State Development, where she will surely continue to deliver real results for our businesses and families across the state,” said the Queens President. Borough, Donovan Richards. borough because of Liz’s time with the Long Island City partnership, and I look forward to our continued partnership as she transitions into her new role at ESD, led by the organization’s president and another Queens luminary, Hope Knight.

Knight was named head of ESD by Governor Hochul in late October after serving as president and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

“We look forward to Liz joining the ESD team, and we are excited that she will bring her record of success in community development and small business success from Long Island City to the entire state” , Knight said. “Small businesses are the backbone of New York’s economy, and ESD is focused on providing the support and programs they need to thrive.”

Through expansion, as well as experiencing the tumultuous processes of Amazon and Sunnyside Yard, LICP has strengthened its connection in all areas of the community, broadening its connections in all areas of the community, expanding beyond its traditional business base to include residential, civic partners and HLM.

“It was wonderful to work with Elizabeth Lusskin, not only during the pandemic, where she has been a leader in such a difficult and difficult time for the local community and businesses, but also in building the BID in LIC,” said the owner of Manducatis Rustica, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli. mentioned. “She was an amazing advocate for us and it showed how much she cared about us, listened to the concerns of LIC small business owners, and worked to improve and build bridges for the benefit and successes of the community. I am excited for her next chapter and she will be a great asset to Empire State Development.

His last day will be May 24, and the LICP Board of Directors will run the organization until his successor is found. Harris Rand Lusk, the leading nonprofit and public service executive search firm, was hired to fill the role this summer.

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