South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)

by Leah Butz
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
555 Bergen Avenue
Phone Number
(718) 292-3113
Director, Manager or CEO
Phillip Morrow
Mission Statement
To enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.
Number of staff/employees
Annual Budget
Year Started
Major Funders
Donations and grants
Latest Projects
South Bronx Healthy Food Initiative Works with residents and businesses in the South Bronx to increase healthy food options in our community. Contact: Ayca Ergeneman,
Interesting Fact
Since our founding in 1972, SoBRO has served over 20,000 students, helped to create and retain more than 40,000 jobs for area residents, and created the climate for hundreds of million dollars of capital investment into the South Bronx.
Areas Served
Core Programs
Real Estate:
- Rehabilitate existing building and create new buildings in vacant space
- Increase availability of owner-occupied and rental housing for low- and moderate-income families by generating available housing
- Commercial development building and rehabilitation
Urban Planning:
- Integrate brownfield remediation and redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, green infrastructure and design, and public space planning, to promote healthy, resilient, and equitable communities
Green Infrastructure:
- Focus on green practices and sustainable design to address environmental and public health challenges
Greenroofs: stormwater-capturing green roofs, native grasses and flowers, riverstone walking path, seating areas, edible and ornamental plants (partnered with Brooklyn Grange - to design and oversee the installation of both green roofs)
ReFIT - initiative to assest industrial businesses to improve building performance, reducing business owners; expenses and educating them regarding the value of green infrastructure, mitigate core environmental concerns and create green jobs in the Bronx
Career Development:
- Assists residents with seeking and retaining employment
Business Assistance:
- Assists new and existing businesses to start and grow with programs that provide services that address comprehensive needs of businesses, a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs
Major Issues
Community Advocacy, Healthy Food Access
Frequently used hashtags
#sobro #southbronx #community#bronxcommunitydevelpment
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