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John Rodriguez is the Program Manager of the new Business Retention department. 

John has experience working with small businesses in the nonprofit sector in New York City, as the Industrial Business Zone service provider for Staten Island and the Bronx. With both the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, John managed the New York City Business Solutions Program, providing financing assistance, access to incentives, navigating government agencies, and training programs. He also worked on other capacity building programs such as the creation of Business Improvement Districts and the Best For NYC Challenge. John was also part of the 2015 Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership Program.

John has a MA of Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and can also speak Russian.