Joseph Nicolla to Receive 2015 James M. DiNapoli Award

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) announces the 3rd Annual James M DiNapoli Award will be given to Joseph Nicolla, President and Founder of Columbia Development Companies. The award will be presented to Mr. Nicolla at theBID’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Sixty State Place. Created in 2013 in honor of a founding member and inaugural Chairman of the Organization, the James M. DiNapoli Award is given annually to an individual, organization, or business that has exemplified Mr. DiNapoli’s spirit of partnership with the BID in shaping the direction of downtown Albany.

Under the leadership of Nicolla, Columbia Development Companies has developed over six million square feet of commercial space valued at over $1 billion. Of the six million square feet the company has developed, there are many notable locations within the BID’s footprint, including 677 Broadway, Office of the New York State Comptroller building, Wellington Row, and the DeWitt Clinton, opening this year as a Renaissance by Marriott Hotel.

“From day one, this company has been about more than just development; it is about giving back to the communities we serve,” says Nicolla. “It has been a privilege to have a hand in the growth and vibrancy in Albany, and I am pleased to receive this award honoring my friend Jim who was a true visionary of Downtown.”

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Capital Repertory Theatre, Nicolla supports the community by donating to local and national charities including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Employees of Columbia Development Companies expand the philanthropic footprint as they also donate, volunteer and serve on numerous Boards for local charities and non-profit organizations.

“A true partner in the revitalization that is changing the fabric of Downtown, Joe has proven time and time again his dedication to this area,” says Georgette Steffens, Downtown Albany BID executive director. “His vision for the future of the Capital City is a testament to where we are headed, and provides a clear path on how to get there.”    

In previous years, Tracy Metzger (2013) and I. David Swawite (2014) have been presented with the award. The Downtown Albany BID’s Annual Meeting is open to the public. Tickets are available online.


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