RESTORING LOCAL ECONOMIES
Spring Bank, a South Bronx-based community development financial institution (“CDFI”) and one of only 2 B-Corp certified banks in the U.S., engaged Barretto to provide guidance on market penetration strategies and the development of banking products targeted to non-profit organizations, small businesses, and anchor institutions in The Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
The Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative & the Greater New York Hospital Association
The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) engaged Barretto Bay to develop a procurement localization strategy to help its members source more goods and services from MBEs and other small businesses in The Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
Spofford Youth House Redevelopment
In June 2015, the NYC Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of the former Spofford Youth House, located on a five acre site in the Hunts Point section of The Bronx.
Hostos Community College
A new entrant in the global cement marketplace, Mcinnis engaged Barretto Bay to help craft an approach to its proposed NYC maritime terminal that balanced the needs of industry with those of the nearby community and the imperatives of habitat protection in an adjacent wetlands.
New York Restoration Project’s Haven Project
In 2015, the Barretto Bay team helped New York Restoration Project craft a plan to connect residents of the Mott Haven section of The Bronx with a new bike-ped pathway to Randall’s Island, one of New York’s premier recreational destinations, and improve access to other green spaces in the area.
ANIMATING MARKETS FOR DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
BMW North America
The BMWi Group, which oversees the rollout and ongoing marketing efforts for the automaker’s battery electric vehicles, engaged Barretto Bay and WXY Studio to devise a strategy for accelerating the market penetration of the i3, a metropolitan EV with an 81 mile range.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State Department of Transportation Green Loading Zone Study
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Transportation and Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State Department of Transportation Second Life EV Battery Study
Barretto Bay and its partners Empire Clean Cities and BHJ Advisors studied potential after-market applications for retired electric vehicle batteries, developed a market analysis of each, and recommended pilot projects to repurpose and redeploy battery packs in the energy storage and demand management sectors.
MOVE Systems Pedestal Project
This vertically-integrated food truck technology company engaged Barretto Bay to identify locations for its pioneering plug-in pedestal which enables food trucks and carts to power their operations with electricity from the grid, rather than from polluting portable generators.
MESSAGING CHANGE AND ENGAGING COMMUNITIES
OLIN and PennDesign
Two respected design and landscape architecture practices engaged Barretto Bay to help embed local imperatives in a resiliency plan for the Hunts Point peninsula and the world’s largest food distribution center that was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition. During the second half of 2013 and early 2014, Barretto Bay worked intensively with organized labor locals, food wholesalers, small businesspeople, neighborhood advocates, and the local non-profit community to elicit local solutions to longstanding resiliency challenges in Hunts Point. The findings from this consensus-building, community research, and engagement process ultimately informed the PennDesign-OLIN team’s successful Rebuild By Design application, yielding an initial award of $20 million--which was subsequently matched by the City of New York.
Hostos Community College Center for Bronx Non-Profits
In 2013, The Hostos Center for Bronx Non-Profits asked Barretto Bay to enhance its public engagement strategy and raise its profile among policymakers and the borough’s non-profit community. Barretto Bay responded with an implementation plan for a Public Conversations Series featuring quarterly field-building discussions on emerging paradigms in public policy and non-profit practice. Since its launch in January 2014, the series has highlighted the innovations of Bronx practitioners--their successes as well as disappointments—in a number of practice areas, including economic development, healthy food access, criminal justice reform, and LGBT advocacy. These convenings have become a vital forum for the borough’s non-profit leaders as they grapple with new challenges in their communities and begin to road test pioneering approaches to longstanding public policy issues.