Economic Development Committee 

The Economic Development Committee focuses on enhancing Baldwin's economic well-being by attracting new businesses and strengthening relationships with existing businesses. Its goal is to provide residents with a prosperous community with ample opportunities to work, shop, and enjoy leisure activities. The committee is comprised of residents with diverse work backgrounds. Some of the committee’s initiatives include a commercial space database, business outreach public relations campaign, and the Baldwin Technology Advancement Project. We are community-minded and invested in marketing and presenting the hamlet of Baldwin as an ideal "location, location, location" for business development. The committee is open to new members who are willing to contribute their own skills and resources to continue building Baldwin’s economic future. 

The committee strives to do the following: 

  • Promote Baldwin to businesses.
  • Identify and pursue business opportunities.
  • Partner with potential businesses to locate available real estate.
  • Develop supportive collaborations with area agencies and organizations.
  • Establish a framework for future growth.
  • Explore sustainability and green initiatives for the community.
  • ​​Work with local government to make improvements to streetscapes.
  • Advocate for reinvigoration of commercial districts.
  • Publicize advantages of establishing/expanding business in Baldwin.

Interested in opening a new business in Baldwin? Click 
here to view our fact sheet on why Baldwin is a great place to do business! For more information on available properties in town, please email the Economic Development Committee by using the form on the Contact Us page. Please select "Economic Development" for the subject line.

About the Chair 

Willy Zambrano is a licensed architect with over 32 years of experience. He owns an architecture studio in Freeport (Zambrano Architectural Design LLC). He and his wife Ida have lived in Baldwin for over 14 years, and their three daughters have all been students in the Baldwin schools. He grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, and earned his Bachelors degree in Architecture from CCNY before moving out to Long Island. He has held local as well as national leadership positions within the American Institute of Architects (AIA), including Past President of the Queens Chapter and member of the AIA Strategic Council Representing the NY Region. He founded and is President of the Queens Foundation for Architecture, the scholarship arm of the AIA Queens Chapter. He also serves on advisory boards for several high schools, dealing with mentoring students on the path toward architecture.

He feels strongly that Baldwin is on the cusp of sustainable economic growth due to state grants as well as the Town of Hempstead’s enacted overlay zoning districts. He has been an advisor of that process and has made important recommendations for changing the original design guidelines to facilitate Baldwin becoming a vigorous, walkable community. As Economic Development Chair, he hopes to bring valuable professional expertise to push forward Baldwin's economic growth, equitability, sustainability, and resiliency. He also intends to promote expert design strategies that will encourage carbon-free development of our community's infrastructure and environment.