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Island environmental innovator swings in $966M deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hot-potato environmental innovator with a vital Great River operational hub has been acquired in a nearly $1 billion stock deal. Idaho-based US Ecology Inc. announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with NRC Group Holdings Corp., a global provider of environmental and waste-management services. In April, NRC Group transitioned its headquarters from Great River to Texas – and it will now be folded into a new…

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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…

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New home, new partners for ambitious STEAM startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s all coming together for slightly nomadic nonprofit We Connect the Dots, which may have found a permanent home – and has definitely identified some promising partners on its STEAM-powered mission. The registered 501(c)3, intent on leveling the technological playing field for underprivileged students via extracurricular science, mathematics, engineering, art and math activities, is now occupying 2,500 square feet in Syosset, carved out of a larger commercial space swimming with children’s…

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