Setting a Priority on Collaboration

Collaboration will draw and retain business to Suffolk County

Smart Long Island leaders know America needs to reset priorities. For way to long many businesses as well as misdirected politicians and educators have worked to create an unhealthy national culture based upon competition rather on collaboration. 


No matter how many computers or smart phones we invent the answer to America’s success will never be found in simply developing new products, especially if we decide to manufacture them overseas. American success, as it always has been, involves only one thing - the success of all Americans.


Working closely with New York State and federal agencies Suffolk County is now making a tremendous effort through county leadership and the newly energized Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency to focus on improving life for everyone on Long Island by putting great effort into drawing and retaining those good businesses that will put Long Islanders back to work.


In Suffolk County with our remarkable entrepreneurial history we have long realized a “winner take all” attitude toward business, politics and even social service is not healthy and does not work. 


Our nation should be ashamed that some of corporate America’s biggest accomplishments just may be the creation of an embarrassing small handful of selfish men and women who have attempted to keep the entire pot of gold for themselves.


Fantastic new technologies alone will never be the magic pill needed to guarantee the American way of life. America’s future, as it always has been, lies in the strength, survival, happiness and freedom of every individual American. 


That is why smart elected officials, CEO’s, educators and communities are working together to put our workforce back to work. Healthy collaboration, not destructive competition will make this happen right here in Suffolk County and throughout New York State. 


Elected officials throughout America should follow in the steps of our state and local leaders and put selfish politics aside. It is time for all of us to focus on working with business, science and academia to address America’s real number one challenge, unemployment.


Little by little, technology, bureaucracy and greed have put the American worker on the shelf. This has taken away America’s edge. The corporate CEO of today must see beyond the lure of technology, drive to add revenue, cut cost and eliminate staff. 


Just as Long Island entrepreneurs, scientists, professionals, educators and socially concerned citizens have done in the past we must now collaborate with our county, state and federal officials and put Long Islanders back to work. The best way to start is to attract and retain those businesses who understand the necessity of including a strong local workforce in their success.

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