How Pat Foye Spends His Days, Part Deux: Empire State Development Corp. Mulls Name-Change

schuerman patfoye2h 1 How Pat Foye Spends His Days, Part Deux: Empire State Development Corp. Mulls Name ChangeA couple more tidbits from Empire State Development Corporation downstate chairman Pat Foye‘s daily schedule from April through October, which we reported on yesterday. (The 300 or so pages listing six months of appointments were obtained through the Freedom of Information Law):

  • Is ESDC looking to drop its indistinctive acronym? Seems so. On Sept. 13, Mr. Foye had a meeting scheduled with a branding consultant about “ESDC Name Change.” Such a move would follow the recommendations of an ESDC-commissioned report earlier this year (done by consulting firm A.T. Kearney), which suggested that parent agency Empire State Development pick something a bit catchier to attract the attention of the state’s business leaders (who apparently, according to A.T. Kearney at the time, generally thought that Empire State Development had something to do with the Empire State Building).
  • New York magazine seems to be putting together a feature story on Moynihan Station. Mr. Foye had three phone interviews scheduled with New York’s Chris Smith between late September and the end of October (when we first put in the request for the schedule). Mr. Smith is the political writer for the magazine who put out a 7,000-word piece on Atlantic Yards in 2006.