June 15


Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Relocates its Headquarters to Lower Manhattan

Public officials to join Empire BCBS President in speaking at ribbon-cutting ceremony
New York, NY – June 15, 2007 – Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield today is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its return to Manhattan’s Financial District. Mark Wagar, President of Empire BCBS; Sheldon Silver, New York State Assemblyman; ans Robert Lieber, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation will be speaking at the event. 
Empire is proud to announce its commitment to join other companies in rebuilding and revitalizing the economy in downtown Manhattan post-9/11, after its headquarters was displaced to temporary housing in midtown Manhattan.  
"The tremendous revitalization underway in Lower Manhattan continues to make the area more attractive to businesses, residents and visitors alike, and this important commitment by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield is the latest example," said NYCEDC President Lieber. "The return of the company and its 200 employees to Lower Manhattan will add greatly to the vibrancy and increasing diversification of the Downtown business community." 
Empire employees will officially move to the new corporate headquarters at One Liberty Plaza on Monday, July 23, 2007. It has been over five years since Empire was last headquartered in this neighborhood.  
“Empire is a vital part of the New York landscape, and I am honored to have the support of Assemblyman Silver and President Lieber in our efforts to continue to reach out to our communities, and effect change from a local standpoint,” said Mark Wagar. “We consider it a tremendous opportunity to be able to join the other businesses that have become a part of the growing economy in this district.” 
The event will be held at 2pm in the park across the street from Empire’s new location, One Liberty Plaza, where Mark Wagar is leading the introduction of the company back to the area.  
“Empire has served the residents of New York for over 72 years, and we consider ourselves a vital part of the New York landscape,” said Wagar. “We will continue to provide our members with quality health care services and to be the trusted choice of New Yorkers for years to come.” 

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