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LIFT chairman: It was ‘time for a change’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bill Wahlig’s resignation from the Long Island Forum for Technology didn’t catch the forum by surprise. While stopping short of saying they knew it was coming, LIFT officials appear anything but flat-footed in the wake of Wahlig’s announcement Monday that he was stepping down as executive director of the financially troubled manufacturing forum. Barry Shorten, interim chairman of the LIFT board, told Innovate LI Tuesday that the forum had already selected…


Government, here to help small business

The world is coming to Bethpage. At least, the Global NY Fund is coming to Bethpage – specifically, to the Long Island Forum for Technology’s Morrelly Homeland Security Center in West Bethpage, where fund representatives will discuss Empire State Development loan and grant programs designed to help small and medium-sized businesses make hay overseas. The forum, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, highlights the $35 million Global NY Fund, which offers grants up to…


The Debrief: Getting LIFT up where it belongs

Plenty of ups and downs lately for the Long Island Forum for Technology. First came news that a major federal contract has been held up by a competitor’s challenge, then a resulting layoff affecting half of the organization’s staff of eight. Some happier news on Monday, though, as SUNY Old Westbury announced plans for a Start-Up NY incubator in LIFT’s Bethpage headquarters, a much-needed boost for the 90,000-square-foot, tenant-deprived facility. It’s also a major lift…


SUNY Old Westbury gets Start-Up NY site

SUNY Old Westbury has been green-lighted for the Island’s sixth Start-Up NY incubator, to be built in LIFT’s Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage. The center will start out at about 4,000 feet but could grow to fill the top floor of the three-story, 90,000-square-foot building — space abandoned by Northrop Grumman in its local downsizing. Old Westbury’s program will be the first to operate off campus. The school, located about five miles away,…


Stony Brook-LIFT bid wins $5M state contract

By GREGORY ZELLER Stony Brook University and the Long Island Forum for Technology have been awarded a five-year funding deal to foster manufacturing in the region, with a focus on next-gen technologies and the life sciences. Called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program combines federal and state dollars to offer each of the state’s 10 economic development zones about $1 million a year. Hofstra University and ADDAPT had also submitted bids. LIFT has held the…


LI composites center, national consortium in deal

The nation’s largest composites consortium has signed a collaborative agreement with Plainview’s Composite Prototyping Center on Thursday in a deal that could be worth $250 million in contracts and grants. The agreement provides the framework for collaboration in research, product development, commercialization, workforce training and STEM education. Advanced composite materials — such as carbon fiber — are up to three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals used most current manufacturing. In…


Hofstra, LIFT, arts group win state funding

Hofstra’s medical school, LIFT’s composite program and the Long Island Arts Alliance were among the winners of the latest round of Albany economic development funding announced Tuesday. A total of $17 million in grants was awarded by the Empire State economic development arm. Long Island was honored with $438,000. The Hofstra award of $152,000 is earmarked for furniture, fixtures, computers, tablets and associated equipment to support the university’s Medical Scholar’s Pipeline Program. The program is…