Statements from the IBID – COVID-19

Message from Manny Lopes, IBID President
March 31, 2020

The Ironbound, like every community in our state and across our nation is facing one of the greatest challenges of our time. On behalf of the IBID, I offer sincere thanks to all the members of the healthcare community, police, firefighters and EMT’s, plus workers in essential industries including warehouse distribution, retailers and food providers. At the same time, we thank Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council, including East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, for their leadership during this crisis.

At the same time, I also want to thank everyone in the Ironbound and throughout the City of Newark, who are social distancing and complying with the Mayor’s shelter-in-place order. For those who are not following those guidelines, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we urge you to consider your impact on the health of others, including family members, particularly those at higher risk because of age or medical conditions.

The IBID will continue to deliver on behalf of community, to the best of our ability including streetscape services, consistent information of importance to residents and business owners, and advocacy with city, state and other agencies that keeps the needs and interests of our district at the forefront.

These are tough times, but the Ironbound has seen difficult times before. Let’s continue to work together as a community to fight back against this terrible disease. The IBID, including its volunteer board members and professional staff, remain committed during this crisis and beyond to better days.

Message from Seth A. Grossman, Executive Director
Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID)
March 31, 2020

We are living and going through an unprecedented crisis. One that will take a toll on our community, but also one that will bring out the best in us and demonstrate our resilience. The Ironbound is a remarkable economic engine. This is not the first setback we have experienced and overcame. Our community works hard, seeks and produces quality, and is one of the most enjoyable places in New Jersey and the tri-state area.

Do not give up hope, work together, and we will succeed in not only coming back, but improving. We are cooperating with the City, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and City Council who are tirelessly working to maintain services and recovery programs. We will post on our website, goironbound.com, and Facebook and Instagram pages every support opportunity available. The IBID will continue providing services.

We hope not to, but we may have to cut back a bit because we too are facing financial setbacks. Councilman Amador is working with us to remedy reductions and get back to full capacity as soon as possible. Additionally, as we did in the past with flooding issues, we are supporting community and food relief programs. We ask everyone to work with us to support the Ironbound, defeat this virus and rebuild our economy.

The IBID thanks the entire community for enduring this crisis, supporting each other, following health protocols, and eventually helping each other come back stronger than ever.

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