GatewayJFK is where logistics and cargo, hotel, food service, retail, other industries, and a lively community, call home. We are a Business Improvement District in Southeast Queens that is home to over 600 businesses and 150 single family households. Our mission is to create a space in New York where the air cargo businesses can expand, thrive and be a good neighbor.

GatewayJFK Launches Scholarship Program

GatewayJFK is pleased to announce two new scholarship programs. One scholarship program focused on individuals who wish to work in the field of aviation and/or air cargo, and another focused on students from the local region of southeast Queens.

Each scholarship is worth up to $2,500, and will be awarded to at least two students who will be attending a college or trade school in 2021. GatewayJFK is now currently accepting applications and submissions will be accepted until Dec.31st.

This new effort is part of GatewayJFK's mission to expand support to both the business community and local community by investing in the future of the aviation industry and the human capital of our region. This initiative addresses an issue that faces the aviation and air cargo industry today; the recruitment, retention, and training of its workforce. Through this scholarship GatewayJFK will bring needed visibility to the local aviation/air cargo industrym and inform local students about the wide variety of career opportunities available in the industry.

Students applying for the scholarships must plan on attending a college, university, or vocational/trade school during the calendar year of 2021. Award recipients are expected to be announced on March 1st, 2021. The deadline for all application submissions is December 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically using the form on our website located at at

Upgrading or Expanding Your Fleet?

Earn up to $185,000 per truck through NYC Clean Trucks Program

In an effort to give local businesses an incentive to modernize their trucking fleets and reduce diesel truck emissions. The New York City Department of Transportation recently launched the New York City Clean Trucks Program.

Funding is available from $12,000 up to $185,000 per truck replacement, depending on fuel type and truck class size.

The NYC Clean Trucks Program is focused on businesses that move goods and commercial truck operators located in designated New York City Industrial Business Zones like GatewayJFK.

The program works with truck dealerships who can help walk businesses through the process of the incentive program. Authorized dealerships include Gabrielli Truck Sales which has two locations in and near the GatewayJFK district. 

$9.8 Million will be provided in the form of rebate incentive funding to reduce diesel exhaust emissions by replacing older, heavy polluting diesel trucks with new all-electric, or EPA emission compliant alternative fueled (compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) and diesel trucks. 

The $9.8 Million for the program has been dog eared from a settlement to New York State related to the Volkswagon diesel-emissions scandal of 2015.Funds for the program are limited, so businesses considering a fleet upgrade are encouraged to apply soon.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the program, please reach out to Executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at or visit the program website at

Learn More About Getting $$$ to Upgrade Your Fleet

Annual Meeting Recap:

New Board Members Elected, Rosario Wins Raffle, New Video Launched

At the 2020 Annual Meeting Gerado Rosario, a local resident won two roundtrip JetBlue ticket vouchers good for anywhere the airline flies.
On Thur. Oct. 22nd, 2020 GatewayJFK held its 3rd Annual Meeting. The meeting was held virtually using a webinar format and had 41 attendees.

Three new members were elected to serve on our Board of Directors, John DeStefan representing Mobile Air Transport, Joseph Tesi representing City Waste Services of NY, and Dawn (Veronica) Davis from the SpringJam Civic Association. 

Special Guests included Assemblymember elect Khaleel Anderson from NYS Assembly District 31, Selvena Brooks-Powers from the Port Authority of NY & NJ, Millie Amsterdam from the JFK Chamber of Commerce , Ofc. Carleton Epps from the 105th Precinct, NYPD, Aron Kurlander from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Lisa George representing NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. and more.

A raffle at the event was made available thanks to a sponsorship from JetBlue Airways. Gerado Rosario, a local resident won two roundtrip JetBlue ticket vouchers that are good for anywhere the airline flies.

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to report the years activities to our membership. In previous years the meeting has been held as a celebratory gala, but due to Covid-19 the 2020 meeting was held virtually. This year the annual report of activities included the debut of a promotional video that explains the work of GatewayJFK, the video is available on the GatewayJFK YouTube channel.

For a full list of our Board of Directors please visit our website at
A new promotional video about GatewayJFK that debuted during the 2020 Annual Meeting.
Your input is needed to improve NYC business supports and connections for the manufacturing economy. We invite you to take the ITAC Manufacturing Survey 2020 today.

Manufacturing has long been a key sector in New York City’s economy. Because of the industry’s importance for quality job creation, there is a need to better understand NYC's manufacturing and product development landscape. ITAC a premier advanced manufacturing and technology advisement firm has developed a brief survey to reveal existing capacity to serve start-ups and established businesses, and to highlight market opportunities and gaps. Survey responses will be used to support manufacturers in connecting to business opportunities, local suppliers, and strategic partners.

Take the survey today: ITAC Manufacturing Survey 2020.
Thank you in advance for your participation and insights.

City Launches "All In on NYC" as Revival Marketing Effort
How Your Businesses Can Participate

Life has changed in dramatic and unexpected ways this year. Although these changes have had a particularly strong impact on New York City, we as New Yorkers have once again shown the world our trademark resilience.

The All In NYC campaign was developed in collaboration between NYC & Company and the NYC Economic Development Corporation to rally New Yorkers around the idea that, despite the hard times we are facing, we are collectively committed to our great city and making sure it comes back better, stronger, and fairer than ever.

GatewayJFK will be supporting this message by going to storefronts in our area and distributing "All In NYC" decals to our businesses. By placing this decal on their front doors or windows, local businesses are signaling to their neighborhood that they are part of that effort to bring NYC back. 

GatewayJFK will be sharing photos of these efforts on social media using #AllinNYC and tagging @nycedc and @nycgo. 

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce can pair you with Business Recovery Specialists who can help assess your needs, give your business one on one attention, and guide you to the resources you need.
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Report Quality of Life Issues at

If you’d like to schedule our Security patrol to visit your home or business, please email our Executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at and he will set up a meeting.

If you would like GatewayJFK to take care of another quality of life issue, please contact Dieusita Jean our Operations Manager at, or use our Quality of Life Webform to make a report.
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