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IDA Praised for Bringing New Businesses to Huntington

Launch Pad, Work Market and eGifter are projects that were backed by the IDA, officials said.

Grant Hendricks, vice chair of the Suffolk IDA, Tyler Roye of Egifter, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Peter Goldsmith, president of LISTnet, and Tony Giardano, Suffolk IDA board member. Seated in front: Anthony Manetta and Steve Rossetti
Grant Hendricks, vice chair of the Suffolk IDA, Tyler Roye of Egifter, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Peter Goldsmith, president of LISTnet, and Tony Giardano, Suffolk IDA board member. Seated in front: Anthony Manetta and Steve Rossetti

When it comes to attracting new businesses, Huntington is doing something right. 

That's according to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who praised the success of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency for bringing new businesses to the area at a recent gathering at The Paramount theater in Huntington.

“The IDA is helping build our downtowns into thriving start-up communities,” Bellone said. 

“Huntington is a perfect example of the cooperation between the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the IDA," he added. 

Bellone cited Launch Pad, Work Market and eGifter, a web and mobile social gifting app, as projects backed by the IDA.

"These new companies provide jobs, stimulate the local economy and help keep younger residents working here instead of leaving Suffolk County,” Bellone said.

Also speaking at the “Start-Up Connect. Part 2” event, were Mark Lesko, executive director of Accelerate Long Island, an organization dedicated to commercializing research and creating an entrepreneurial system, Tyler Roye of Egifter and Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.

Steve Rossetti, a member of the IDA’s board, emceed the event, which drew more than 200 people, representing businesses, organizations and government.

 

karen from East Northport April 23, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Really, Mr. Bellone? What about the 300 jobs that Verizon is moving from Suffolk to Nassau? I've called your office 2x and wrote you a letter. Never got a response. Why is that? So here's a little copy and paste from the above article. "These new companies provide jobs, stimulate the local economy and help keep younger residents working here instead of leaving Suffolk County,” Bellone said.
Linda Otta April 23, 2014 at 03:53 PM
How about all the long standing business's going OUT of business. Entennmans, 300 jobs, been around for 100 years but now Cuomo is pushing how great NY is to do business in? BULL! We are taxed to death, giving a new business 10 years tax free and all those housing developments like Wyandanch Rising a FORTY YEAR tax abatement? That burden falls on the existing business's/homeowners that are now being pushed out. Yankee Peddler is one, been here forever and now some used furniture store took it's place. What are these things they are so proud of? Egifter? Launch Pads? More reasons to go online and not shop local? Nice way to really help the private small owned business's on Long Island file bankruptcy quicker so they can move to another state! There's your brain drain. YOU CAUSED IT!
Linda Otta April 23, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I just looked up egifter. It's a website. How many people locally does that employ? ZERO. It is an impersonal way to send a gift card to someone you don't care enough to get off your butt and go to the store and pick them out something nice. Smoke N Mirrors. They aren't doing crap for you but another "luncheon" for themselves, congratulating themselves for being masters of the pretend Universe they live in. It's getting old fellas. Real old.
Linda Otta April 23, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Launchpad, another stupid idea. A business that makes "business's". That idea sound familiar? Because it is. The Business Incubator was the first non successful launch of such an idea and then Mark Mayoka started the business Launch Up idea in a Town Hall Room on the 3rd floor that Susan Berland previously used to have Town employees make phone calls (on town time) to get her reelected. They gave that room to Mr Mayoka to shut him up when he stumbled across the makeshift re-election center. All these things they are talking about are basically widgets. I wonder how much Federal Money they got in grants to do absolutely nothing but get jobs for people who campaign for their re-election bids

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