Workforce

Island set to shine as clean-energy employment soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for research-rich, offshore-open Long Island: New York’s clean-energy economy is growing at more than double the rate of the overall state economy. So says the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which on Tuesday announced an 8.9 percent growth in statewide clean energy-related employment since 2016 – exceeding 158,000 employees in 2019, according to NYSERDA, and still climbing. These and other impressive numbers await in the state’s…

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Small step toward big future for Tiny Houses

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Tiny House File comes big things, with more than a dozen adult learners completing the first Eastern Suffolk BOCES carpentry class dedicated to the diminutive-dwelling movement. With a little help from Riverhead-based sustainable-housing expert Hunter Shelters and Selden-based business-development services provider Dynamic Supplier Alignment, the educational cooperative of 51 Long Island school districts recently wrapped the first semester of an Adult Education Carpentry Program designed specifically to teach participants…


Westbury allies give Charlotte ‘workforce experience’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A professional alliance assembled at LaunchPad Westbury has joined with the Microsoft Corp. on an ambitious “workforce experience” program. Please do not call it an “internship.” This experience, which delivers unprecedented technological and on-the-job training to 18 disadvantaged North Carolina youth, starts in the office of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who upon taking her oath in 2015 inherited a longstanding Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. To evolve the three-decade-old summer program, Roberts’ office…


All part of the plan: Savvy Hires goes to Washington

By GREGORY ZELLER // A big win in the regional round of the 2017 InnovateHER business plan competition has punched Savvy Hires’ virtual ticket to Washington – though mentally, founder Felicia Fleitman was already there. Besting nine competitors in the Hofstra University-hosted regionals of the annual Small Business Association contest, Savvy Hires has been nominated to represent Long Island in early July’s semifinal round, which will whittle things down to 10 finalists expected to collide July 31…


Island job count ticks up in April

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 11,100 in the year ending in April, a 1 percent increase to a total employment base of 1,136,800. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 0.9 percent and the nation’s was 1.6 percent. Month to month, Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 17,500 between March and April — not seasonally adjusted — when a gain of 12,700 jobs is…


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…


Babylon IDA gets serious about affordable housing

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has adopted a “landmark provision” designed to address one of the Long Island innovation economy’s great needs: affordable housing. The Babylon IDA on Tuesday passed what it called a “significant policy initiative” targeting future housing developments within town borders. Designed in collaboration with the Long Island Housing Partnership, the policy requires that owners of new developments applying for IDA benefits meet a 20 percent affordable-housing requirement – meaning at least…