Smart Growth Summit to focus on downtowns, small business and development

More than 900 local business, community and government leaders are expected to attend Friday’s Long Island Smart Growth Summit.

Organized by Vision Long Island, the event will be held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury and will feature 20 workshops and more than 140 speakers discussing topics related to helping small businesses recover from Covid, downtown revitalization and infrastructure investment.

Additional topics at this year’s summit include transportation, clean energy and water infrastructure. Small business panels deal with financing survival, promoting downtowns and supporting MWBEs. There will also be sessions on job training, affordable housing and transit-oriented development.

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The Towns and Villages state panel includes Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehheim, Babylon Supervisor Rich Shafer, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin, Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, North Hempstead Supervisor Jane Desena, Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguirre, Village of Hempstead. Wylin Hobbs, Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Village of Amityville Mayor Dennis Seery and City of Glen Cove Mayor Pamela Panzenbach.

The luncheon will feature New York State Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez Provides information from Albany regarding state aid and resource management to local communities. State Senators Kevin Thomas, Mario Matera and State Senators – Monica Martinez, Jack Martins and Steve Rhodes chose Provides a preview of the 2023 Albany Legislative Session. Speakers will include Nassau County Legislature Chairman Richard Niccolo and the Suffolk County Legislature. Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey talks about his efforts to help Main Street businesses.

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The Long Island Main Street Alliance will be represented at the conference by members from 45 different downtown communities with plans to manage, promote and protect their commercial districts.

Additionally, the Long Island Youth Summit, which includes students from St. Joseph’s University, SUNY Old Westbury, Hofstra University, Farmingdale State and local high schools, aims to bring young people into the planning process of their communities for potential jobs, including workforce training. .

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The Long Island Smart Growth Summit will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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