By  on August 21, 2019

After decades of debating how to modernize the Garment District and revive the neighborhood’s apparel manufacturing, industry specialists are working toward realizing those plans.

Eight months after the New York City Council approved the district’s rezoning, the Garment District Alliance’s special program committee met Wednesday to review 22 proposals to rejuvenate local production. The GDA has as much as $25 million to fund programs that support manufacturing and fashion production in the area over the next 10 years. GDA’s president Barbara Blair, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s president Steven Kolb, Stan Herman, Yeohlee Teng and the Launch Collective’s Rob Spira were said to be among the 12-member group that reviewed 22 proposals during a two-hour meeting Wednesday including one presented by the CFDA. About eight have been eliminated and four leading ones will be recommended to collaborate to create a stronger option that avoids redundancy. Blair declined to identify those four parties.

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