Evan R. Sweet is the Meatpacking Business Improvement District’s Director of Neighborhood Planning and Operations. He is a native New Yorker, who has been interested in New York City’s geography, economy, and development since he first saw the subway map. Evan directs the day-to-day operations of the Meatpacking BID, delivering high-quality neighborhood services and public spaces, and directs the BID’s public placemaking and planning initiatives including the Pedestrian-Oriented District plan and DOT Open Streets program.
Before joining the Meatpacking District, Evan worked extensively in economic development and urban planning within the New York region. He has a deep understanding of city policy, zoning, and real estate development in New York. Marquis projects Evan has contributed to include DSNY’s Commercial Waste Zones program, Central Business District Tolling, and the Islanders Stadium at Belmont Park.
Prior to his current New York residency, Evan worked in Central Kentucky, where he developed economic programming for the Paris-Bourbon County Economic Development Authority. There he developed a robust downtown retail environment and managed a 144-acre industrial park specializing in automotive and commissary industries. For his dedicated public service in Bourbon County, Evan was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest civilian title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.
You may spot Evan walking around the neighborhood, managing the neighborhood’s Open Streets, and talking with business owners across the neighborhood.