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

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

The event, organized by Vision Long Island, will be held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury and will feature 20 workshops and more than 140 speakers on topics related to post-COVID recovery, downtown revitalization and helping small businesses through infrastructure investment Will discuss

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

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Towns and Villages state panel includes Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaefer, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Hempstead Supervisor Dawn Clavin, Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, North Hempstead Supervisor Jan DeSena, Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, Village of Hempstead Mayor Huh. Valin Hobbs, Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Village of Amityville Mayor Dennis Siri and Village of Glen Cove Mayor Pamela Panzenbach.

The lunch session is attended by New York State Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez, who Will provide an update from Albany on the state’s management of grants and resources to local communities. State Senators Kevin Thomas, Mario Matera and State Senators-elect Monica Martinez, Jack Martins and Steve Rhodes Will provide a preview of the 2023 Albany legislative session. Speakers also include Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicollo and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Kevin McCrae, who will talk about his efforts to help Main Street businesses.

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The Long Island Main Street Alliance will be represented at the summit by members of 45 different downtown communities that have plans for the management, future development and preservation of their business districts.

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In addition, a Long Island Youth Summit, involving students from St. Joseph’s University, SUNY Old Westbury, Hofstra University, Farmingdale State, and local high schools, aims to provide youth with opportunities to navigate their communities, including workforce training to navigate potential jobs. to bring in the process. ,

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


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