Byline: Julee Greenberg

NEW YORK — The U.S. Commerce Department’s Market has given the Garment Industry Development Corporation a grant of $374,907, one of seven organizations to receive funding under the agency’s Development Cooperator Program.
The grant benefits the GIDC’s three-year-old nonprofit New York Fashion International program, which has so far generated more than $35 million for domestic manufacturers in sales and distribution agreements. The program also helps to bring international buyers to New York showrooms and educate them about the U.S. fashion market.
“We are very pleased that the U.S. Department of Commerce is looking at this industry,” said Linda Dworak, GIDC’s executive director. “This grant seems to be a confirmation on our success so far and gives us the opportunity to expand our programs.”
The grant will help to continue the program’s current initiatives and will expand into new markets in the Middle East, Europe and Japan, Dworak explained. The money will fund a virtual showroom to feature the diverse mix of fashion offered in New York to attract international buyers to the city. A portion of the grant will also fund an educational outreach program about e-commerce.
A total of 45 organizations competed for the grant, totaling $2.3 million. Other grant recipients included Automation Alley, Construction Industry Manufacturing Association, Chrysler Corporation Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University, Institute of the Americas, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission and Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute.

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