Bill Mannix

Mirabella bows, generations change at the LIBDC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “council of elders” works great in the movies, but for 21st century business development, only fresh thinking will do. This is Edward Mirabella’s mindset, at least, as he trumpets “young, new blood” and steps down as co-chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council Executive Board, effective Oct. 31. Mirabella, a 43-year commercial banking veteran who launched Wantagh-based corporate consultancy Mirabella Associates in 2006, will continue as treasurer of the…


New era, same mission as golden LIBDC plans ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // Invention, and reinvention. They are the manifestation of creativity and the heart of innovation. True today, on a Long Island staking a claim as a leading biosciences hub; true a half-century ago, when a unique combination of potato farms and cutting-edge aerospace defined an otherwise sparse suburbia. The current leadership of the Long Island Business Development Council, which turns 50 this year, is a reinvention of sorts – a forward-thinking team…


Battle lines drawn, once more, over IDA powers

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s that time of the year again: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is gunning for centralized control of local economic development, and Brian McMahon is firing back. McMahon, executive director of the New York State Economic Development Council, is actually a fan of many of the governor’s economic-development efforts. He’s been involved with economic development for 30 years, McMahon noted, “and I’ve never seen more momentum and positive activity on economic-development issues.” But…