Workforce

In tiny houses, big hopes for LI’s manufacturing future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Educators, lawmakers and commercial interests gathered Monday for a unique technology demonstration stretching from Bellport to Puerto Rico – and to learn firsthand about an ambitious effort to reshape Long Island’s manufacturing landscape. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1) begged off due to the federal government shutdown, but an impressive audience – representing state and town legislators and departments, Stony Brook University, the U.S. Green Building Council, the United Way of Long…

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Brain drain? Put a cork in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career…


Babylon IDA gets serious about affordable housing

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has adopted a “landmark provision” designed to address one of the Long Island innovation economy’s great needs: affordable housing. The Babylon IDA on Tuesday passed what it called a “significant policy initiative” targeting future housing developments within town borders. Designed in collaboration with the Long Island Housing Partnership, the policy requires that owners of new developments applying for IDA benefits meet a 20 percent affordable-housing requirement – meaning at least…


URGENT to women: Come on in, the water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island commercial, educational and nonprofit forces have united to encourage women to dive into relatively unexplored waters. New York American Water, the Merrick-based subsidiary of New Jersey-based parent American Water Works Co., recently hosted a career-training day in conjunction with Nassau Community College and the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute, which supports job growth and retention across New York State through employee-development grants and industry/academia/government collaborations. The…


Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 in the year ending in February, a bump of 2.5 percent, to 1,114,700. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,500 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 1,400 jobs is typical. A record warm February boosted hiring in the…


Four fair chances for employers, SBU grads

With the Spring 2017 semester begun and graduation closing in – just over 100 days and counting – Stony Brook University is hosting a four-headed career fair for its latest professional crop. In February and March, thousands of university students – looking beyond their May 19 graduation date – will meet with recruiters in key technology and healthcare fields to discuss employment and internships. Hundreds of employers are expected to line up for the Stony…


Long Island internships, new and improved

By GREGORY ZELLER // New year, new milestone for Savvy Hires, which has launched what may be the nation’s first “internship collective.” Just weeks after announcing a partnership with Adelphi University, Northwell Health and others to create a hiring “pipeline” for autistic college graduates, the Westbury-based recruiting firm has noted a new collaboration with LaunchPad Long Island aimed at perfecting the internship process. The basic idea: deliver the benefits of top-rate, potential-hire interns and a…