Our Story

About Us

Formed in 1967, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is one of the nation’s first community development corporations. Since then, GJDC has become a model for economic transformation. GJDC encourages responsible private and public investment in Jamaica, Queens to enhance the quality of life for the residents and workers of Jamaica. We pride ourselves on our local focus, data-driven approach, high-impact programs and crosssector collaborations—all leading to the revitalization of our storied community.

GJDC is supported through corporate and foundation grants, government contracts and income earned from its project operations. It has an overall annual operating budget over 10 million dollars and a professional staff of nearly 30 people. It owns and operates several commercial projects including small office facilities, a food market, and a public parking system of garages and lots serving Downtown Jamaica. Our activities include project design, pre-development planning with private developers through a special entity, administration of a small business loan fund, administration of government programs in industrial retention and commercial revitalization, and a host of programs and undertakings designed to improve the quality of life, general marketing and perception of Downtown Jamaica.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is a New York State membership organization with some 85 Members; it is governed by a Board of Directors of 30 business and community leaders.