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No. 354: Journalists’ lives matter, the wisdom of Confucius and all kinds of LI-based heart-valve news

November? Really? Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of a kinda spooky, strangely warm workweek here on Long Island. It’s Nov. 2 out there, Day 3 of the 2018 holiday season and no, WALK 97.5 hasn’t switched to its all-Christmas music format just yet. (But if you need a fix, Sirius XM has no fewer than 16 channels already Bing-ing away.) Like clockwork: Before we wrap up your week in socioeconomic innovation, a…


NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.” The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30…


Old-school art, next-gen tech converge at Five Towns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Once the pipedream of an overactive imagination, a new Interactive Computer Graphics degree program is now resetting educational and professional trends at Five Towns College. With the start of the Fall 2018 semester, the Dix Hills-based college has officially introduced its new course, the masterwork of digital innovator Paul Lipsky, who spearheaded the effort – including creation of the program curriculum – in an effort to right some wrongs he perceives…


On LI, the electric-vehicle revolution is fully charged

By JOHN BILLARD // It’s National Drive Electric Week, and drivers across the country are showing off their electric vehicles. Americans are looking towards the future when it comes to their vehicles. According to a 2018 AAA survey, 20 percent of Americans want their next vehicle to be electric. Fortunately, the future of electric vehicles is only looking better and brighter than ever – particularly right here on Long Island. Last fall, Ford partnered with…


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…


For food manufacturers, MTRC/LIFC spells “growth”

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some fairly thick alphabet soup will create a tasty economic-development stew for regional food manufacturers. The Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium is partnering with the Port Washington-based Long Island Food Council on a multifaceted effort to bring expert consulting services to food manufacturers in Nassau and Suffolk. The MTRC/LIFC partnership will be a resource for clients of the MTRC, which is located on the Stony Brook University campus and serves as…


No. 280: A TCJA counterattack, an interstate healthcare alliance and baby, it’s cold outside (but it could be colder)

Weekend forecast: Welcome to the blessed end of another busy work week, dear readers – and speaking of endings and beginnings, happy anniversary to the National Weather Service, launched on this date (by the U.S. Army, believe it or not) 148 years ago today. The NWS likely had a field day on its 64th anniversary – Feb. 9, 1934 – when New York City, amidst a legendary arctic blast that deep-froze much of the nation,…


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…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


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…


URGENT effort eyes women for larger utility roles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mixing gender equity, evolving workforce needs and a dash of economic-development sauce, the Workforce Development Institute and several big-name utilities are partnering with Nassau Community College to provide free career training for women. The idea, according to the sponsors of the Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals: Women program, is to prepare women for larger roles in the utilities industries. The partners – including representatives of PSEG Long Island, National…


Pathways to technological success

Two Long Island businesses, an Island college and one of LI’s largest school districts are among the organizations winning “partnership awards” through the third round of the New York State Pathways in Technology program. All told, seven regional winners – each including businesses, institutions of higher learning and public schools – were named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who designed the P-TECH partnerships to provide over 10,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and…