Ronkonkoma Hub

In 2019 plan, LIREDC ‘doubles down’ on what works

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke file comes the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, which covers proven ground in its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp. Meeting ESD’s yearly Oct. 1 submission deadline, the LIREDC slapped a new title on its 2019 report (“Long Island: Breaking Down Barriers”) but filled it with a familiar mix of success stories and future ambitions, largely focused on the Island’s…


Focused ‘placemaking’ would fill LI’s work/life needs

By PHIL RUGILE // Anyone who follows initiatives like downtown revitalization has likely come across the term “placemaking.” This refers to spaces created for specific purposes, usually capitalizing on a local community’s assets and potential. In practical terms, it means we can create places that attract millennials, spaces that address work/life issues, options that are compelling to transit-oriented commuters, whatever we might need. The concept absolutely applies to business incubators and co-working spaces. Urban areas…


Coalition challenges Albany’s pipe ban, lauds NESE

By GREGORY ZELLER // Citing a “looming threat” to the Long Island economy – including potential delays for the vaunted Nassau Hub, Ronkonkoma Hub and Belmont Park reconstruction projects – regional power players are demanding action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An impressive coalition – representing the Association for a Better Long Island, the Long Island Builders Institute, the New York State Laborers’ Union and SEIU 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East),…


In the land of milk and Cuomo, opportunity flows

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unemployment’s down, personal income’s up and private-sector jobs across New York State have never been more plentiful. These statistical truths and more color Empire State Development Corp.’s 2017 Annual Report, a 128-page economic-development bouquet wherein the Fortune 500 flock to Cuomoland and a river of golden opportunity flows from the gleaming capital – more specifically, $1.8 billion in ED grants, loans and tax credits, dispersed by Albany over the 12 months…


No. 259: Ken White gets Debriefed, celebrating the Moon walk’s 50th and Ronkonkoma Hub gets good news

Happy Friday, folks: And congrats on your successful completion of another work week (except you weekend-hustling self-made types, bless your entrepreneurial souls. For you, congrats for your hustle). Those of you lucky enough to put your feet up should drop us a note at editor@innovateli.com – story tips, events, corrections and stimulating socioeconomic conversation always welcome. What a day for debuts: In no particular order, Gordon Lightfoot, Danny DeVito, Rock Hudson, Martin Scorsese, Tom Seaver,…


Ronkonkoma Hub (finally) gets its Brookhaven IDA deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The ambitious Ronkonkoma Hub development project has at long last secured an incentives package from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The tax-abatement deal has been a long time coming: Phase 1 of Tritec Real Estate Co.’s $538 million, transit-oriented commercial and residential master plan actually earned unanimous approval in 2014 for a Brookhaven IDA economic-benefits package. But the long-discussed project – “soon expected to break ground,” according to the…


Big plans, but Hub still hinges on Suffolk sewers

By MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Progress is coming in drips and drabs, but the lack of sufficient sewer systems remains the No. 1 impediment to the ambitious Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment project. That was the main message Wednesday, when the MacArthur Business Alliance – a 23-year-old networking organization promoting commercial, industrial and not-for-profit interests across Suffolk County – hosted a meeting at Ronkonkoma’s Courtyard by Marriott to update interested parties on the project’s progress and potential effects….