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No. 479: On souffles, nylons and Pauling – and LI doctors in Alaska, kinda

  Two down: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up both a busy week and a long(ish) month of socioeconomic innovation. Even with its extra day, February folds this weekend – meaning one-sixth of 2020 is already in the books. Well played! Rare, treat: It’s Feb. 28 out there, which of course makes this international Rare Disease Day and, on a brighter note, National Chocolate Souffle Day. Something fishy: Making a meatless Friday…


No. 477: In which the Suffolk IDA incentivizes and the double helix debuts – plus, sticky buns for all!

  Just a word or two: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up another busy workweek and look forward to another well-earned weekend. It’s Feb. 21 out there, and before we begin, please speak up – today is International Mother Language Day, the U.N.’s multicultural salute to linguistic diversity. Going to extremes: Today is also National Grain-Free Day (a big one for the low-carb set) and National Sticky Buns Day (not so much)….


In reality, a STEM spin on LI workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany’s biggest economic engine is hitting the gas on a clever, multifaceted Long Island workforce-development initiative, offering a reality-TV look at the Island’s thriving 21st century industries. The Empire State Development Corp. is joining the Long Island STEM Hub – a consortium of regional educators, executives and other stakeholders boosting regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries – to launch “Full STEM Ahead Long Island,” a new video series pushing STEM…


New LIRR tracks mark ambitious ‘Empire Station’ plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual “budget proposal” tour rolled on Monday, with a whopper of a plan for Long Island commuters. Billed as “the 30th proposal” of the governor’s annual State of the State multibillion-dollar masterplan, the Empire Station Complex – unveiled by Cuomo during a speech before the nonprofit Association for a Better New York – would create a modern transit hub on Manhattan’s West Side. The plan centers on the…


This chief diversity officer has cleared many hurdles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity continues to drive destinies at Long Island’s top universities, with another major appointment focused on inclusion. This time, it’s Stony Brook University again, announcing this week the appointment of Judith Brown Clarke – a longtime educator, respected researcher and world-class athlete – as its new chief diversity officer, effective Feb. 17. Clarke, currently diversity director at Michigan State University’s Bio-Computational Evolution in Action Consortium Science and Technology Center, will take…


Adelphi, SBU mix it up in Island-wide diversity drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the It Takes a Village file come multiple attempts to promote inclusion at some of Long Island’s top universities, and beyond. Just weeks after Stony Brook University announced it would steer nearly $1 million of SUNY money toward a new faculty-diversity initiative, Garden City’s Adelphi University has announced the appointment of a new vice president and new executive director of diversity and inclusion. Adelphi’s equality effort, announced Friday, involves two…


FuzeHub boosts digital defenses for LI manufacturers

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nobody is immune from cyber criminals – including regional manufacturers, who have a new opportunity to defend themselves. FuzeHub, the regional New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center dedicated to connecting small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to resources and industry expertise, has scheduled a Cybersecurity Forum for Manufacturers, jam-packed with cyber-assessment workshops, the latest U.S. Department of Defense requirements – key for regional defense contractors – and the most cutting-edge trends in…


Hofstra flips switch on next-level cybersecurity center

By GREGORY ZELLER // With cybercrime on the rise, Hofstra University students will join the fight – and the future cybersecurity workforce. On Tuesday, smack-dab in the middle of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, inside its C.V. Starr Hall, the Hempstead-based university cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center, an interdisciplinary mecca of cutting-edge digital tools designed to simulate “hyper-realistic cyberattack scenarios” and train students to detect and defeat them. It’s…


Albany eyeing ‘qualifications’ for $200M port plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hard to port! No, don’t make a quick left turn – but if you’re a waterfront-based enterprise focused on port operations and related markets, you’ll want to turn your attention to Albany’s latest Request for Qualifications. With the offshore-wind industry really starting to howl, marine-support and other waterfront operations will become critical components of the statewide economy – particularly on Long Island, where offshore-wind infrastructure figures to rise fast. To that…


Hard hats and soft spots: Remembering Ken Morrelly

By RAY DONNELLY // Ten years ago Oct. 1, the region lost a strong, powerful voice in economic development, when C. Kenneth Morrelly passed away suddenly. He died on the cusp of realizing a project he’d been devoted to for many years, the Homeland Security Research Center. The project was a centerpiece of his time as CEO and president of LIFT, the Long Island Forum for Technology. October 1, 2009, was a red-letter day for the region’s…


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…


With next DRI winners looming, Central Islip gets busy

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the latest winners of Albany’s annual Downtown Regional Initiative waiting in the wings, they’re getting busy in Central Islip, reigning Long Island champion. The statewide competitive-application process – which awards $10 million stipends to spur private investment in distressed downtowns in each of New York’s 10 economic-development zones – is set to announce its Round 4 winners in the coming days. But first, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been delivering updates…


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…


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…