The association's co-president, Myra Baird Herce, said that the decision was a long time coming as many new business organizations in the downtown Flushing area have emerged in recent years.
"It isn't like the commercial strip doesn't have representation in the area, because they do," said Herce
"It's the end of an era for this group, but it was time to move on."
Since 1932, the Chamber has participated in many major projects affecting Flushing, including the restoration of RKO Keith's on Main Street, the re-purposing of Municipal Parking Lot No. 1, as well as the development of Willets Point.
believes that area is very well represented and she
is hopeful that these projects will eventually materialize.
Other business organizations in the area include the Flushing Business Improvement District
, Korean American Small Business Service Center of New York
, Flushing Chinese Business Association
, Taiwan Merchants Association
, One Flushing
and the Flushing Development Center
sees the plethora of Flushing business advocates as a major asset to the community and she
is positive a bright future waits for the area.
called Flushing a "boom town with a rich entrepreneurial spirit," and she
is positive it will thrive.
Before joining the FCCBA more than 20 years ago, Herce was the director of the Downtown Flushing Development Corporation, which encouraged businesses to come to Flushing and set up shop.
After a number of years serving as co-president with Richard Gelman, who moved out of state, and Jack Hogan, who passed away, Herce
became the lone voice of the Chamber.
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