Javits Center Releases Annual Report
The Javits Center has released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, outlining recent improvements to its infrastructure and operations, including a dramatic surge in attendance at some of the past year’s largest shows.
More than 39,000 companies from around the world exhibited their products and services during Fiscal Year 2015, a 9% increase compared to the previous year.
During that time, $1.8 billion of economic activity was generated across New York City and New York State, illustrating the tremendous impact of events hosted at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side.
All of these events supported 17,500 jobs in New York, a significant increase compared to the previous year.
“New York is a state of opportunity, and the revitalization of the Javits Center has become the embodiment of that bold vision,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo wrote in the Annual Report’s greeting.
“In the past three years, the Javits Center has implemented more significant improvements to its infrastructure, its operations and its workforce than the past two decades combined,” Governor Cuomo wrote. “This dramatic change has made America’s busiest convention center even busier, which means more jobs and more economic opportunities for New Yorkers.”
In the past year, the International Conference of Shopping Centers’ Annual New York National Deal Making Conference reported a 26% increase in attendance with 9,600 guests, and the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention and Expo reported a 15% increase with 35,000 visitors -- the highest in the event’s 104-year history.
The Javits Center launched a number of new initiatives to improve operations, including a new Data Center to centralize the technological infrastructure, enhanced meeting room security, workforce training and expanded space for truck marshaling. Employees also launched a new website, a new customer newsletter and issued revamped surveys that have produced stronger feedback than ever before.
One of the most surprising changes this past year has been the growth of our nearly 7-acre green roof, which has become a habitat for the area’s wildlife. According to a study by the New York City Audubon and Fordham University, 11 different bird species were observed on the roof, including two that hatched chicks there this summer.
In the coming months, we look forward to the opening of the 7 Subway Line extension across from the Javits Center and continuing to explore ways to maximize the facility’s growth, refine our operations and reduce our impact on the community around us.
“With the construction of the 7 Subway Line extension and the transformative Hudson Yards development, our future is brighter than ever,” said President and CEO Alan Steel. “There is more to do, but I truly believe the best is yet to come.”
Read the full report here: