The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced - on behalf of deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding Daniel Doctoroff - that the role was up for grabs last week in a bid to improve communication with stakeholders.
'What we are dealing with is a very complex problem - in which there is an unprecedented level of interest - that cuts across agencies at the city, state, and federal levels,' explained Doctoroff.
'There is no one place for people to get information. I think pretty much everyone recognises the need for better, more consistent outreach to stakeholders,' he added.
Potential candidates have been tasked with developing a strategy for collecting and disseminating updates on issues ranging from air-quality and street closures to economic incentives and long-term redevelopment plans.
The winning scheme - which Doctoroff said could represent suggestions from either 'a consortium of groups or a single firm' - will be carried out in part through the creation of a newsletter and website.
The Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, a coalition of business community and environmental groups, is also searching for a publicist to promote its Listening to the City forum this summer.