On July 17th, 2017, a featured article by Marco Li Mandri was carried in Entrepreneur Magazine (on-line) on 6 reasons why CBDs can greatly improve a business district and mixed use community.  The article has already had an international response with interested property owners seeking how such a program can be established in their county.

New City America successfully completed its 78th Community Benefit District (BID), this time in the Uptown Whittier District of Whittier CA, just south of Los Angeles.  On Tuesday July 25th, 2017, property owners voted by a margin of 3 to 1 to support the establishment of the district.  Whittier is a charming city with one of the few traditional main streets still operating in LA County.

New City America has been awarded a new contract to investigate and form a new Community Benefit District in Downtown Santa Rosa CA.  Santa Rosa is a historic city in Sonoma County known as “wine country” in upstate California.  The Downtown Santa Rosa property owners have demonstrated a commitment to take their town center to the next level of self management in cooperation with the City.

New City America has been awarded a contract to investigate a new Financial District CBD in the historic banking district of San Francisco.  The Financial District includes some of the oldest, historic and architecturally significant buildings in the blocks north of Market Street in the City.  This CBD investigation should continue through the end of the summer of 2017 and a determination made whether or not to proceed.  If formed, this would be one of the most unique CBDs in the City of San Francisco.

Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, was a featured speaker on a panel held by Smart Growth Massachusetts in Worcester, MA on May 18th, 2017.  The panel was “Advanced Placemaking in your town”, and featured Marco, and representatives from Beverly and Brockton MA.


Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, presented a report on the state of Little Italys nationwide at the Annual National Italian America Foundation Gala and Meeting on October 15th, 2016 in Washington DC.  Marco shared the speakers’ platform with John Calvelli, NIAF Executive Board member and member of the Arthur Avenue Business Improvement District, to discuss which Little Italys were thriving and which were struggling.  This will begin the effort on the part of NIAF to build support and an organizational network of Little Italys in the United States and Canada.

Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, spoke in Rochester New York in early October 2016 about the emerging effort to establish a new Little Italy district in the adjoining Town of Gates.  Led by local leader Silvano Orsi, the Little Italy Rochester effort there is great momentum building for the creation of this new Italian business district in the Town of Gates.

Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, was a panelist at the Council of State Governments Transportation and Infrastructure Workshop in Washington, DC on Friday, May 20, 2016.  Marco spoke about the building up of Little Italy as a Transit Oriented District and the impact that this has had on the tremendous growth since the late 1990s. The Council of State Governments ran an extensive interview of Marco in its January 2016 national magazine on the evolution of BIDs in the US today.  (Click here to see the article.)

Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, led a meeting with Chris Leinberger, Chairman of LOCUS – Smart Growth America, in a workshop on Placemaking in Union Square Somerville, MA.  Somerville is one of the fastest growing, densely populated and highly educated cities in Massachusetts today.  Union Square is set for tremendous growth based upon an anticipated rail link by 2020, and the issue of creating a placemaking strategy for a mixed use, mixed income and mixed race neighborhood was the basis of the meeting.  (May 2016)

On September 1st, 2015, New City America formed its 77th Community Benefit District, this time Modesto California.  Property owners voted by a large margin to implement a new CBD totaling almost $700,000 per year in Downtown Modesto.  This is New City America’s 4th successful district formation in the Central Valley of California.

On July 21st, 2015, New City America formed its 76th Community Benefit District, this time in Downtown Salinas in Monterrey County, California.  Property owners voted by a margin of 3 to 1 to support the new CBD, after a year of work in putting together a management plan, leading to the successful vote in July 2015.

On July 13th, 2015, NCA President Marco Li Mandri gave testimony to the House of Representatives and State Senate Joint Committee of on Community Development and Small Business in the Massachusetts State HouseThe testimony was related to new legislation that Smart Growth Massachusetts and New City America introduced into the Massachusetts legislature in January 2015.  House Bill 144, (Brighton/Donahue), seeks to expedite and update the current law which allows for the growth of new Community Benefit Districts throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts. (July 2015)

New City America has been awarded a contract to investigate the formation of a new Community Benefit District in Downtown Downey, CA.  Downey is a small, but growing city south of Downtown Los Angeles that is undergoing a tremendous revitalization in its Downtown area.  Market rate housing, public improvements and new retail is entering the Downtown at a greater pace than any time in the last 20 years.

New City America has been awarded a contract to advise the City of Somerville Massachusetts on strategies to revitalize their emerging business districts in anticipation of two new subway stations that about to open.   NCA was selected after a national solicitation of similar companies to provide professional services for stakeholder organization.  The contract is anticipated to last 3 years commencing in June 2014