President’s Message

President’s Message

Founded in 1967, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is one of the nation’s first community development corporations. Since then, GJDC has become a model of economic transformation and I could not be prouder to lead this incredible nonprofit. I have a deep appreciation for the dedication each of our partners has shown to help bolster the transformation of Downtown Jamaica. 

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 hyper-local expertise and cross-sector collaborations—all leading to the revitalization of our storied community. 

 I started at GJDC nearly four years ago and in that short time I have already seen development sites move from concept to concrete. We’ve been able to work closely with various developers and share their excitement atheir new buildings rise from the foundations. For example, Alvista Towers is now open with a stream of new tenants after the lottery captured the attention of more than 60,000 applicants; construction of the Crossing at Jamaica Station towers over the core downtown; ground broke at the future Archer Green Apartments; and the Hilton Garden Inn is set to be a leading part of the emerging hospitality hub.  

Through our Business Services Group, we have increased the number and amount of loans we give to local businesses and have taken the lead in the City’s Storefront Improvement Project for Downtown Jamaica.  Moreover, we have worked throughout the years to support industrial businesses in Jamaica and now, particularly given the investment into the revitalization of JFK Airport, we are ramping up our efforts to connect local M/WBEs to efforts like this.    

I am grateful to the GJDC Board and Staff for entrusting me to lead this organization. The pace and energy going forward will be equally, if not more so, rapid. The skyline is already transforming.  And thanks to funding from our local partners in governments as well as the private sector, our team is nearing the construction phase of Downtown Jamaica’s first-ever co-working space, and we are enthusiastically encouraging restaurant and retail investors to our area.  

Together we have and will continue to ensure a brighter future for Downtown Jamaica, and I thank you for your support. Continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates; we would love to hear from you. 

Hope Knight 

President & CEO