• Purchase College Entrepreneurs Relieve Parking Crunch at Westchester County Airport

  • MAY 15, 2012 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit -- It's What Will Restore Economic Vitality to Westchester. Think Blueprint!

  • All it took was a scarcity of parking spaces at Westchester Airport, a half-empty parking lot and professor of entrepreneurship at Purchase College to come up with a plan that relieved airport parking congestion, created 21 new jobs, and brought $700,000 to the college’s coffers. And that was just in Year One.


    Purchase Park 2 Fly (PP2F), the brainchild of William Guerrero, the professor, and Joe Tripodi, director of Campus Sustainability at Purchase, is a resounding success. According to Guerrero, the concept was simple. Just charge less for parking and offer a free ride (“valet service”) to passengers to the airport, just 5 minutes away. And now, a year later, the lot is packed.

    “We parked 50,000 cars in our first year of operation, have a Facebook fan base of 800+ friends, reduced the environmental impact of expanding the current airport parking garage, and received thumbs-up from our customers for the new service. When Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz gave us the green light, we were off!”
     
    It's the same entrepreneurial spirit and gumption that the WCA's Blueprint for Westchester is touting, that will restore economic vitality to Westchester County. Read more about PP2F in the Westchester County Business Journal by clicking here.

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