New York City Chambers and WeWork Launch Partnership to Foster Economic Recovery

The NYC x WeWork partnership supports a safety-focused and flexible return to work, and expansion of Queens Tech Council

March 16, 2021, New York, NY-–  Today the Chambers of Commerce for all five New York City boroughs and WeWork announced a strategic partnership to help foster post-pandemic economic recovery in New York City by supporting businesses’ safety-focused and flexible return to work. The announcement was made during a press conference at WeWork’s Gotham Center location in Queens.

Businesses and individuals are increasingly looking for guidance and flexibility when it comes to returning to work in a post-pandemic world. Through safety-focused, convenient workspace solutions and data-driven analytics, the NYC x WeWork cross-borough partnership aims to provide businesses with the resources to return to work and to revitalize economic prosperity across the city.  

As part of the NYC x WeWork partnership, members of the city’s Chambers of Commerce will have access to certain incentives, including:

  • One month free trial of WeWork All Access for new members, plus 15% off after the trial per month for up to 12 months. WeWork All Access is a monthly subscription-based product that provides access to WeWork locations so that users can choose when and where to work; or
  • WeWork Private office space with 2 months off of a 6 month commitment, or 3 months off of a 12 month commitment. 

Businesses can access the offerings, including full details and terms, through a website portal at we.co/weworkinnyc, subject to availability.

In addition, the partnership will provide the Chambers with key data and insights into what is effective as businesses return employees to work, creating a resource for businesses of all sizes to make informed decisions as the economy recovers. 

Finally, as part of the effort to help foster economic growth in the city, WeWork has also joined the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens Tech Council, which focuses on building an economy that embraces innovation and promotes tech adoption. The Queens Chamber of Commerce established the Council last month with Amazon and other major companies and startups to grow the borough’s tech sector. 

“WeWork is thrilled to partner with the Chambers of Commerce in New York City to help support economic recovery in the city.  Having been founded in New York City, we are especially humbled to be launching this work here today,” said Shyam Gidumal, President and COO, Americas at WeWork. “As we look to help foster economic growth across the nation, cross-sector partnerships are a powerful way to make a positive impact for individuals, businesses, and communities.”

Thomas Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The Queens Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with WeWork as we launch our Queens Tech Council, with the goal of making Queens the next big tech hub. As our borough and our city begin a safety-focused return to in-person work, the business community must do everything possible to kickstart our economic recovery by fostering innovation and growth. WeWork’s ongoing partnership and commitment to the Queens Tech Council will be a valuable asset in spurring economic development, ensuring that businesses in Queens have the resources they need to grow and thrive.”

Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, commented:  “The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is focused on the future of New York City’s economy and fostering a collective voice for businesses to help them thrive. Partnerships, particularly cross-borough partnerships, allow us to support not only economic development, but also small businesses navigate the complexities of the city. We’re thrilled to partner with WeWork on the NYC x WeWork initiative to support a safety-focused return to work and revitalize economic growth in the city.”

“It is clear that reinvigorating the city’s economy depends on the safe return to offices – which are essential collaboration and productivity hubs for workers and small businesses,” said Randy Peers, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “Offices are critical drivers of our economy, they make businesses more competitive, and have tremendous impact on neighborhood restaurants and retail. We’re grateful to WeWork for leading the effort to get New York back in business.”

Linda Baran, President and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of businesses of all sizes from small, family-owned businesses to leading institutions. We’re proud to partner with WeWork and our other borough Chambers to help support a safety-focused return to work, and revitalize our economy in the city. Our mission is and will continue to be to improve the economic climate and expand business opportunities on Staten Island and the greater community.”

Lisa Sorin, President and CEO of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The New Bronx Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome WeWork to our borough, ensuring that our Bronx small businesses especially have access to additional flexible workspaces and other resources needed to return to work with a focus on safety. We look forward to partnering with the NYC x WeWork initiative and our fellow Chambers to support a safety-focused return to work, keep businesses in New York City, and spur growth.”

About WeWork:
WeWork is a global leader in flexible space, providing businesses of all sizes with the space, community, and services they need to help run and grow their business. With 859 locations in 151 cities and 38 countries around the world, WeWork delivers flexible space solutions to its 542,000 members worldwide.

About Queens Chamber of Commerce:
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest business association in Queens, representing more than 1,300 businesses and more than 125,000 Queens-based employees. Its mission is to foster connections, educate for success, develop/implement programs and advocate for members’ interests.

About Manhattan Chamber of Commerce:
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce represents and supports the business community across the borough. The Chamber advances economic empowerment by fostering “game-changing” connections for its members, providing guidance to make businesses more competitive and profitable, and working with government to improve the local business climate. 

About Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce:
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is among the largest and most influential business advocacy organizations in New York, having spent the last hundred years developing and promoting policies that drive economic development and advance its members interests. The Chamber is the voice of Brooklyn’s business community, offering the resources, programs, tools and direct support businesses need to continue creating jobs and opportunities in their communities.

About Staten Island Chamber of Commerce:
Founded in 1895, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce (SICC) is Staten Island’s largest and most respected business organization. The SICC represents the interests and serves as the voice of more than 9,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors throughout all four shores of the borough. With nearly 700 members encompassing 250 categories, Chamber members range from small, family-owned storefront shops to leading institutions to larger employers.

About Bronx Chamber of Commerce:
The New Bronx Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential voices for business in Bronx County, known for its commitment to legislative advocacy. The Bronx Chamber hosts a wide range of programs, events, and services for its members, ranging from large corporations to cultural institutions, universities and colleges, hospitals and medical centers, and small- to mid-sized businesses.