A group of downtown
businesses participated in one of the “Downtown Business
Connections”networking meeting sponsored by Manhattan Chamber of
Commerce and New York City Economic Development Corporation and came
up with the idea of producing an interactive CD to commemorate 9-11
and to promote downtown businesses get on the road to recovery. They
formed the project voluntarily. They started on July 24th with a brain
storming session and mandated to complete the project in September,
Along with the project, they have also
initiated a “Business for Downtown” seminar series to help lower
In the past three years, we have
witnessed a tremendous change in the business climate. The momentum of
the Internet had prompted the world over to invest for the future, to
expand business infrastructure and to adopt the challenging new
technologies. The expansion was as rapid and intense as the dot com
meltdown. The economy was directly affected and was reeling from the
losses. Then came the 9-11 attack on America. An attack aimed at
the world's financial center and the US defense headquarters. The
impact on business was tremendous, not only downtown but through the
ripple effect across our nation and overseas.
Now, it is a year since the 9-11
attack. The US economy has not been destroyed but is on its way
towards recovery. The severely damaged Downtown New York has endured
the tragedy and its impact and is awaiting redevelopment. Throughout
the year since last September, there has been hardship and sorrow but
there were also tremendous constructive reflections and suggestions.
American voluntarism and the entrepreneur spirit, always a part of our
American culture, flourished and shone brightly during the 9-11
This CD project, named “9-11
Downtown Business Calling Card” is an example of this American
spirit. As you will see in this CD, designs, photography, stories,
poems and songs are all put together or contributed by volunteers.
They are beautifully done for your enjoyment.
The “9-11DBCC” is also a productive
tool because it renders the downtown business directories contained in
the CD all interactive. You can call any phone number over the
Internet by a click of mouse and talk to the business owner. Of
course, you can also click and view the business web site before you
talk. This tool will be especially helpful to bring out of town and
out of country businesses to Downtown.
After reviewing this CD, I must say,
congratulations! This is a piece of very significant work.
Winter, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, 9-3-2002