Long Island Business Development Council

No. 536: On workforces, new outbreaks and Sting – and OMG, we’re up for a BOLI 

  Bad news, good news: The pandemic rages, the NFL season teeters on the brink and so does the republic – but weep not, dear reader, for this taxing workweek nears its end, and another autumnal weekend awaits. Yes, it’s Friday out there, Oct. 2 to be precise, and we wish one and all – even bullies, even cowardly leaders who incite violence – a serene International Day of Non-Violence, marking the birthdate of Indian…


No. 515: In which COVID takes off, Telstar blasts off and Applied DNA spins off

  The sweeter the reward: You’ve done it again, intrepid reader, and coming off a long holiday weekend to boot – another workweek conquered, another weekend earned, Phase Four and all. Yes, it’s Friday out there, July 10 to be exact, a day so sweet you may need to floss twice: It’s National Kitten Day, National Pick Blueberries Day and National Piña Colada Day, all at once. Lose some: It’s also Independence Day in the…


No. 501: On Kepler, Mickey Mouse and Joltin’ Joe – and an A+ for Farmingdale State

  Almost there: Another work-from-home workweek ends, another stuck-at-home weekend begins – welcome to May 15, dear readers, exactly two-thirds through The Spring That Time Forgot. Of course, it’s a very different Friday in other parts of New York State, which are set to initiate reopening protocols today. Alas, as of Thursday, Long Island remained a couple of metrics short. Better shared: Speaking of sheltering in place, the UN’s International Day of Families and America’s…


No. 493: On foundations, fellows, foreign tongues – and redemption for your pandemic pantry

  Gives us pause: It’s Friday again, dear readers, and while there’s no end in sight to the great 2020 pandemic, the same can’t be said for this latest work-from-home week of socioeconomic innovation. On blood, and bloodsuckers: It’s April 17 out there – World Hemophilia Day, when bleeding disorders take center stage, and International Bat Appreciation Day, when we give the flying rodents – which are largely insectivores and great pollinators, and almost never…


No. 483: In which life as we’ve known it is over, at least for a little while

  Scary as hell: They don’t call it Friday the 13th for nothing, dear readers, as your worst nightmares about plagues, recessions and sports-less weekends crash together in one horrifying global pandemic. Yes, it’s Friday, March 13, and no, it’s not that bad – we’re certainly navigating unprecedented waters as COVID-19 quite literally takes over the world, but it’s not really the end of all things. For example: Plenty of NASCAR and professional golf on…


No. 473: Featuring Laura Ingalls, Flash Gordon, well-seasoned scallops and our first Innovators of the Year

  Never ceases to amaze: Don’t know how you do it, dear reader, but here you are again – another workweek winding down and another hard-earned weekend coming up. Well done! Numerical order: It’s Friday, Feb. 7 – notable to mathematicians, who of course know the date best as E Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant e (a.k.a. Euler’s number), which needless to say has a value of 2.7182818… (it goes on for quite a…


No. 451: On clusters, blockbusters and Hustlers (plus meatless meals and clean campuses)

  That happened fast: Remember, like, last week, when it was January and we were all, “Wow, 2019!” and you were still writing “2018” on your checks? Well, it’s November. Penultimonth: November 1, to be exact, and a Friday to boot, as we wrap up this busy week of socioeconomic innovation and kick off the second-to-last month of the year. This date is the earliest on which South African Children’s Day, Turkmenistan National Health Day…


No. 450: Worlds war, bombs blast and Delta delivers – plus, an all-time LI great calls it a career (kinda)

  Wicked Wednesday: Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, dear reader, though today is the day before Halloween – and, of course, the midpoint of this ghoulish week of socioeconomic innovation. Slim pickings: Perhaps in anticipation of tomorrow’s candied costumery, there are very few “holidays” to highlight this (and every) Oct. 30. Today is National Checklist Day, which is as exciting as it sounds (though it started with a bang), and National Text Your Ex…


No. 445: On masters, laureates and ketchup (with robots and spaceships, too)

  Playoff atmosphere: They’re waving us in, dear readers, as another classic week of autumnal socioeconomic innovation rounds third and speeds toward home. (On the subject of fall classics, with the juggernaut Yankees kicking off yet another American League Championship Series this weekend, consider this argument for a shorter baseball season and longer playoffs.) Equal slice of the pie: It’s Oct. 11 out there, worthy of note for many reasons, including National Coming Out Day…


No. 441: Golden in Montauk, healthy at Hofstra and an anniversary with a Big A

  End run: Protect the ball and follow your blockers, dear readers, as we break from the scrum of another busy workweek and sprint toward the first weekend of Fall 2019. It’s Friday out there, and a rare one indeed, when even Forbes is excited about the New York Giants. Make a day of it: It’s Sept. 27 and that brings an unusual selection of “holidays” – Ancestor Appreciation Day, Hug a Vegetarian Day, National…


No. 434: Kodak clicks, ATMs arrive, Edison flips out – and surf’s up, dudes!

  Welcome back: Summer is unofficially over, schools are open and there are only 118 days remaining in 2019, dear readers, as we get back to it on this Wednesday, the fourth day of September. Actually, you’re already halfway through this latest workweek – and it’s Eat an Extra Dessert Day, too, so turn that frown upside down. La-La Land: Happy anniversary Los Angeles, founded (by 44 disparate Spanish settlers) as El Pueblo de Nuestra…


No. 424: Rembrandt, Ben Franklin and Marie Curie walk into a newsletter … plus, the LIBDC’s golden touch

  The end is nigh: And that’s good news, faithful readers, as another summer workweek expires and another warm weekend begins. Well played. It’s a sun-splashed July 26 on Long Island, and before we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation, a hearty welcome to new newsletter subscribers Yeji Lee, Barret, Dan, Stephen, Jeremy, Kris, Himani, Scott, Neil, Stephanie, Jason, Brandi, Sarah and William. Bonvenon: Surely it’s no coincidence that you join us on Esperanto…


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…


No. 423: Medical Scholars, STEAMy camps and LI’s hottest job-maker – and we can’t stop talking about Simón Bolívar

  Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another busy week of summertime socioeconomic innovation, here on Long Island and around the world. Speaking of world-rounding, there are so many readers to wish well on this 24th day of July – enjoy the Carnival of Awussu in Tunisia, Children’s Day in Vanuatu and Simón Bolívar Day in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia, marking the 1783 birth of El Libertador (more birthdays below). Young at heart:…


No. 414: New Dots digs, a bigly birthday and Father’s Day funnies – plus servant management, from the top

  Don’t know how you do it: But you do it, dear reader, and once more you’ve cleared the hurdles of a busy workweek and earned another springtime respite. Well played. Let freedom ring: It’s June 14 out there, and to our many readers in Malawi, a very happy (and similarly well-earned) Freedom Day. Here in the States, June 14 is quite the patriotic date also, bringing both Flag Day – commemorating the 1777 adoption…