Economic Development

From the Nassau IDA, gifts that (might) keep on giving

By GREGORY ZELLER // Christmas has come early in Nassau, where the county’s Industrial Development Agency has slipped two business-building economic-incentives packages under the tree. The IDA on Wednesday announced preliminary approval for a tax-abatement deal benefiting JP Optionee, a limited liability corporation created to help New Jersey-based Onyx Equities and Manhattan-based DRA Advisors build a 147,524-square-foot hotel and conference center at Jericho Plaza. The development agency also announced an incentives package for Paint Applicator…

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New era, same mission as golden LIBDC plans ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // Invention, and reinvention. They are the manifestation of creativity and the heart of innovation. True today, on a Long Island staking a claim as a leading biosciences hub; true a half-century ago, when a unique combination of potato farms and cutting-edge aerospace defined an otherwise sparse suburbia. The current leadership of the Long Island Business Development Council, which turns 50 this year, is a reinvention of sorts – a forward-thinking team…


In Contract Pharmacal, Albany’s job-making blueprint

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York might not have the best reputation among national entrepreneurs, but that doesn’t mean an independent business can’t thrive here – and Albany is trumpeting a Long Island success story as proof of the state’s economic-development chops. On Tuesday, the Empire State Development Corp. and the New York Power Authority issued an update on Contract Pharmacal Corp., a family-owned pharmaceuticals manufacturer that has made several job-creation and facilities-investment promises in…


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…


For downtown Hicksville, the circle is now ‘Complete’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau County has started the ball rolling on an ambitious effort to bring safer, more convenient thoroughfares to one of Long Island’s most densely populated downtowns. County officials have officially committed to the Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project, which aims to improve accessibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians, mass-transit passengers, cyclists and others traversing the downtown area of the busy Town of Oyster Bay hamlet. Starting with an outreach effort designed…


Community wellness meets innovation at Hofstra camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Healthcare met entrepreneurism this week at Hofstra University, where teams of wellness-focused innovators came together to learn the business ropes directly from seasoned insiders, including Northwest Health professionals. Hailing from around the Greater New York region and as far away as Massachusetts and Florida, 26 teams of aspiring wellness impresarios received entrepreneurship training to help promote healthcare innovations in underserved communities, the “challenge topic” of the 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge…


Location plays big as Bridgeworks, DropDesk expand

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it ridesharing on the road to professional development. That’s the angle founder Graham Beck is taking at Bridgeworks, the Long Beach co-working community that’s advancing nicely in Beck’s self-appointed mission to create a local business-incubation system – and then replicate it elsewhere. As co-working spaces go, Bridgeworks is a busy one: networking events, marketing help, printing services, plenty to eat and drink and a host of other business-building benefits especially…