Mission & History
Evergreen is a membership organization that champions manufacturing, creative production, and industrial service businesses in North Brooklyn and beyond. We connect businesses with resources and opportunities to help create and maintain high quality jobs at all skill levels.
In 1982, a handful of local business owners worked with St. Nick’s Alliance to create Evergreen, then known as EWVIDCO, to revitalize East Williamsburg by attracting new businesses, providing business assistance to existing firms and grow overall job opportunities in the neighborhood. Initially, Evergreen worked to achieve its mission of economic development by addressing the high crime and poor sanitation affecting the area and serving as a liaison to government offices.
Currently, Evergreen manages the Greenpoint/Williamsburg and North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zones and the North Brooklyn Empire Zone. Through the NYC Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) program, Evergreen is responsible for meeting the business service needs of more than 10000 industrial businesses in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg and North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zones and Ombudsman Zones. These businesses, which employ over 15,000 residents, depend on Evergreen for free, quick and reliable assistance with tax credits, incentives, financing, real estate and relocation assistance, energy and green issues, workforce needs, and advocacy.
Evergreen provides these services in concert with public agencies (NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYS Empire State Development Corporation, NYC Workforce One Centers) nonprofit organizations (New York Industrial Retention Network, Industrial and Technical Assistance Corporation, St. Nick’s Alliance, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow) and community organizations (Community Board 1 in Brooklyn, where an Evergreen staff member sits as a voting member).
Evergreen is the one-stop resource for industrial businesses in North Brooklyn. No matter what your firm needs to grow and stay competitive, we are your link to the resources that will help your company achieve its goals.