SI Chamber Launches New Street Cleaning Services Made Possible by City Grant Funding 

If you’re walking along Bay Street in St. George, Tompkinsville, or Stapleton these days, keep an eye out for Elvis.  He’ll be sweeping the streets and wearing a shirt and cap emblazoned with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) logos. 

When you spot him, be sure to say hello and snap a picture – or better yet a selfie -- with him.  Then post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SayHiToElvis and tag @sichamber.  You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win prizes, including a $100 gift card.  

No, he’s not the reincarnation of Mr. Presley.  He’s a different Elvis, who’s been helping the Chamber clean and beautify Downtown Staten Island. This increase of sanitation services comes as a result of SBS’ Neighborhood 360° grant awarded to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to help revitalize commercial corridors based on identified needs. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Elvis to the neighborhood,” said Linda Baran, President of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.  “We know his work will have a big impact and make the Bay Street experience more enjoyable. This fun social media campaign is a great way to kick it off.  We can’t wait to see all the photos people send in!” 

In 2016, the Chamber and SBS conducted a Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA) as part of the Neighborhood 360° program to determine specific areas of challenge and opportunity along the corridor.  One of the biggest findings from speaking with merchants, property owners, residents, and visitors was an overall dissatisfaction with the cleanliness of the area. This year, the Staten Island Chamber was awarded part of a $1.54 million grant by SBS to address the challenges found in the CDNA.  

“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and the $1.54 million in investments to Staten Island is going a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “By working with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, we are responding to local needs to support small business growth and build more vibrant neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.” 

So don’t forget to “Say Hi To Elvis” and post a picture.