Empire State Development Corp.

Stakeholders unite to support pharma/nutra’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // With more than 150 companies and 9,800-plus employees, the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industry is already a Long Island cornerstone – and some major regional stakeholders want to see it grow. On Tuesday, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and the Workforce Development Institute officially introduced “Driving Suffolk County’s Innovation Economy: The Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Growth Factor,” a 48-page report detailing pharma/nutra’s impressive growth over the last decade and the unique obstacles the industry faces on…


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…


For Island manufacturers, a rapid-prototyping boost

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will offer rapid prototyping services to Long Island manufacturers through the state’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. Stocked with 3D printers, laser-etchers and other frontline maker tech, the new User Facility Center – part of Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing and Technology Research Consortium,  tucked inside SBU’s Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology – aims to carry early-stage innovations “from idea to [computer-assisted design] to printing,” according to MTRC…


Par excellence: The niche deserve their own COEs, too

By PHIL RUGILE // It’s a mouthful, but stay with me: The New York State Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (thankfully simplified to NYSTAR) is housed within NYS’s Empire State Development Corp. (blessedly known as ESD). This is important, because NYSTAR is the funding mechanism (to the tune of $55 million) for 13 major Centers of Excellence throughout the state – venerable institutions doing grand research and development, with impressive names like the Center…


Island’s first large-scale digester to feed energy needs

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve had a bellyful of landfill waste, hang on – Long Island’s first stand-alone large-scale anaerobic digester is finally on its way. The Long Island Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved an energy contract with a new food waste-recycling facility in Yaphank, claiming to be capable of reducing Island-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 85,000 metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing 18,000 cars from regional roads, according to…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…


Lower-tier LI consoled by $68M in 2018 REDC awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If $68.3 million for workforce development and affordable housing programs is losing, Long Island will take it. That’s the Island’s haul in the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council competition, announced Tuesday by Empire State Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Howard Zemsky. Zemsky, also commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, presented all 10 winners of the annual statewide development competition, each representing one of 10 economic-development zones….


No: 365: Electrons, hackathons, gadget gifts and yes, America, there is a climate change

  Golden mettle: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve reached the 50th Friday of 2018 (go ahead and count, if you don’t believe us) and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. You are to be commended. It’s Dec. 14 out there, and we have plenty of interesting days to choose from – it’s international Monkey Day and, here in the USA, National Salesperson Day. Because it just sounds so badass: But we’re going…


No. 359: Happy Thanksgiving! And Hanukkah! And E=mc² Day! (Plus, digging in with SBU and NYIT)

  Gobble it up: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the eve of the only four-day weekend sanctioned annually by U.S. business, commercial and government interests. That makes tomorrow Thanksgiving, of course, and an early one at that (the 22nd, in fact, is the earliest date the fourth Thursday of the month can happen). Words to the wise: As the big day looms, two pieces of unsolicited advice – tonight…


SBA pumps $1M into statewide small-biz exports

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Small Business Administration, via the Empire State Development Corp., is infusing nearly $1 million into statewide international-trade programs. The SBA announced this week that the ESDC, Albany’s main economic-development engine, is one of the 47 state international-trade agencies receiving funding this year through the State Trade and Export Promotion program. The total of $18 million in national STEP funding is meant to help small businesses enter and compete in…


Past success, future hopes fuel LIREDC’s 2018 report

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has met its Oct. 1 deadline and submitted its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine. The 2018 progress report, titled “Long Island: Completing the Puzzle,” both highlights the efforts of the Long Island REDC since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his competitive statewide economic-development program in 2011 and lists the projects the regional council hopes to support…


State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


No. 335: Phooey chop, King of Pop and a phone flop – and why is Hank Foley so big on blockchain, anyway?

Middle of the road: Welcome to the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek, dear reader. Your three-day holiday weekend is now clearly in sight. It’s already Aug. 29 out there, and not only is this week half over, but at midnight tomorrow night, 2018 will be two-thirds kaput. That’s fairly amazing. Best of luck: For those keeping score, Wednesday is the best day of the week for airplane travel, grocery shopping, weighing yourself, getting married…


No. 317: Anid’s big promotion, Adelphi’s big award, keeping it local and why you need grumpy employees

The end: Another busy week concludes and another blessed weekend dawns, dear readers – congratulations on successfully navigating the choppy waters of socioeconomic innovation, once again. It’s Friday, June 22, the first full day of the Summer of 2018 and the last day of school for most Long Island tykes. It’s also Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia, kicking off a four-day holiday weekend that concludes with the republic’s national independence celebration, Statehood Day. Uživati! Bay…


At FSC, skin-deep startup joins Start-Up NY’s ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State Development Corp. has opened its books and welcomed another Long Island company into the Start-Up NY family. Farmingdale State College announced this week that startup biotech BF Innovation, which moved into FSC’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park earlier this year, has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, which boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships. BF Innovation plans to invest $1 million and…