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Article - Long Island Press 11/14/2014 - Long Island hosts Danish firms in wind farm bid

Long Island's potential to take the lead in producing offshore wind power on the East Coast drew 19 Danish companies specializing in this fast-growing renewable energy field to spend a day touring local facilities and meeting local officials.

The day-long visit on Nov. 12 was organized by the ministry of foreign ffairs of Denmark and hosted by the Long Island Association and the Long Island Forum for Technology. This Danish trade delegation included manufacturers of turbines and wind farm components, businesses that build foundations and oversee installations, as well as handle logistics and transport materials... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 10/03/2014 - Obama highlighting nation's manufacturing gains

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

Obama was to visit a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part of a new fall political campaign push to promote his pocketbook policies and to claim credit for the upturn in the economy. He's announcing a competition to create a manufacturing innovation institute concentrated on photonics, or the use of light in technology ranging from lasers to telecommunications.

Friday's attention to manufacturing jobs comes on the same day the government reported that U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, lowering the unemployment rate to 6-year low of 5.9 percent... MORE

 

Announcement - 10/01/2014 - Governor Cuomo encourages New Yorkers to take part in Manufacturing Day

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared October "Manufacturing Month" in New York, and encouraged New Yorkers to participate in 60 events taking place across the state on Friday, October 3rd and throughout the month as an effort to promote and educate residents on the importance of the industry on the economy. Dozens of New York manufacturing companies are opening their doors and inviting the community to join them in company tours, presentations and various workshops in support of this annual national event.

"Manufacturing Day provides an opportunity for companies to showcase their industry practices and innovative products, and the highly skilled jobs available in advanced manufacturing fields," Governor Cuomo said. "The manufacturing sector continues to play an important role in New York's economy, and through this year's reforms that eliminated the tax on manufacturers, its impact will only grow."... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 09/15/2014 - International Flavor

While most of the East End's 60 licensed winemakers look to cash in on the nearby New York City market, some are targeting markets as much as 7,000 miles away... MORE

 

Announcement - Composite Prototyping Center - CPC will be at CAMX-SAMPE this October

For those of you that are coming to the CAMX - SAMPE conference in Orlando Fl. the week of Oct 13, 2014, we would like to invite you to come and visit the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) booth # 1476. Click here to find out more about the Composite Prototyping Center and its mission... MORE

 

Announcement - CSTL 05/28/2014 - Will your country's pollution problems be solved by a teenager?

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY -- (Marketwired - May 28, 2014) - With the belief that the solution to pollution lies in technology and engineering, the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL) has announced the ten finalist teams for the Clean Tech Competition on May 30 at Long Island Forum for Technology's (LIFT) Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The challenge is intended to spark students' interest in engineering and environmental science so they can pursue those fields in the workforce. With the help of CSTL's many sponsors, teams were able to solve environmental issues that affect people's everyday lives.

The finalists include...
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Announcement - US Commercial Service 05/19/2014 - Launch of National Export Initiative NEXT aims to enhance export assistance

In 2010, President Obama launched the National Export Initiative (NEI) to help U.S. companies increase exports, expand into new markets, and compete globally. Since 2009, nationwide exports have increased by $700 billion, reaching an all-time high of $2.3 trillion in 2013, and supporting 11.3 million jobs. During this same period, New York merchandise exports have increased by 43 percent.

That's good news, but there's much more to be done. Based on four years of input from the business community, the Obama Administration recently launched NEI/NEXT... MORE



Article - Newsday 05/15/2014 - Long Island team in finals for $70M DOE composites center

A Long Island-based team has reached the finals of a competition for a $70 million Department of Energy award that would designate a Plainview facility as a federal innovation institute for composite materials.

The bid is part of a broader plan to make Long Island the center of an ecosystem for producing carbon fiber and other high-strength composite materials for use in aircraft, wind turbine blades and next-generation trucks and cars... MORE

 

Announcement - Office of the Governor - Governor Cuomo announces FuzeHub is helping manufacturers grow in Long Island

Governor Cuomo today announced that FuzeHub, a new statewide initiative to grow manufacturing companies, is successfully finding solutions for businesses across the State - including Long Island companies such as Hydrolutions North America and Solaravy. The collaboration and resource platform works with the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, universities and existing state programs to help connect small and medium-sized manufacturing companies with the solutions they need grow their business. To date, FuzeHub has provided assistance to more than 400 companies in New York State.

"Supporting New York's manufacturers helps grow our state economy," said Governor Cuomo. "By combining state resources to help companies on Long Island connect with experts in the industry, we will enable manufacturers continue to create more jobs across New York."... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 05/06/2014 - Free workshops help companies apply for state aid

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council will hold two free workshops this month for companies, developers and not-for-profit organizations that are seeking state business aid.

Participants will learn about the Consolidated Funding Application process and how to compete for a portion of up to $750 million in grants and state tax credits from state agencies... MORE



Article - Newsday 04/01/2014 - State budget ends corporate income tax for manufacturers

Manufacturers will no longer pay New York State's corporate income tax for the first time since 1917, under a provision in the newly adopted state budget... MORE



Article - EPTAC 03/16/2014 - This is why we teach

We receive many thank-yous and supportive customer feedbacks over the years, but every once and a while we receive one that cuts to the heart of why we love what we do.

One such email came across my desk the other day and I simply had to share it. It was from a long-standing customer and supporter, Joseph Fusaro of LIFT, the Long Island Forum for Technology... MORE

 

Article - 03/11/2014 - Progressive Railroading - Rail supplier news

A Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) team formed under its Long Island Rail Alliance banner has obtained a major public works contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to design and furnish a new supervisory control system at MTA Long Island Rail Road's Divide Tower. The contract also calls for the team to upgrade the associated remote terminal units... MORE

 

Article - Plastics News 02/20/2014 - NY Center to help aerospace firms transition to composites

A new technology center is opening its doors to help Long Island aerospace and defense suppliers replace metal parts with plastic composites.

Long Island Forum for Technology represents a $15 million investment in machinery and facilities to educate companies and engineers in composites. LIFT's Composite Prototyping Center has just begun negotiations with companies for its services, said CPC project manager Philip Coniglio in a telephone interview.

"On Long Island there are 400 to 500 companies supporting the aerospace industry," Coniglio explained. "Most of them cut metal but a lot will transition to composite parts." The 25,000-square-foot CPC in Plainview, N.Y., has a range of composites processing equipment already installed and is adding more... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 02/18/2014 - LIFT set to open new Composite Prototype Center

The Long Island Forum for Technology has finished building a 25,000-square-foot high-tech Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview that it hopes to give the region an edge in a growing manufacturing sector... MORE

 

Article - Composites World 02/17/2014 - Long Island Forum for Technology's (LIFT) Composite Prototyping Center is accepting Long Island manufacturers interested in learning more about composite materials and methods.

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, www.lift.org) announced that its Composite Prototyping Center (Plainview, NY) is now well on its way to accepting Long Island manufacturers interested in accessing its leading-edge technologies, education and training programs, as well as composite contract opportunities being offered by the primes involved in manufacturing with composite materials such as carbon fiber, fiberglass and aramid.

According to LIFT executive director and interim president Bill Wahlig, the Center's 25,000 square foot facility with a 20 foot ceiling is fully constructed with heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems installed, and most of its process equipment in place or being installed... MORE

 

Announcement - 01/30/2014 - Gerber Technology/Virtek supply advanced technology to new Composite Prototyping Center

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) will install a GERBERcutter and laser ply layup system from Gerber Technology and its subsidiary, Virtek Vision, in its new Composite Prototyping Center (CPC). The systems will be available to manufacturers to develop prototype products containing composite materials.

The CPC, scheduled to open in April, will serve as a resource for manufacturers seeking entry into the growing composites market by offering prototype manufacturing and test capabilities. The center will also offer educational courses to support workforce training and retraining of displaced workers seeking new high-tech careers. Nationally-recognized research universities will have access to CPC's state-of-the-art facility to complement their engineering students' composite education. LIFT is also collaborating with local community colleges to develop a certificate course for composite technicians... MORE



Article - Manufacturing Trends 01/06/2014 - 10 Insights on 2014 Manufacturing Trends

Thought leaders share trends for a better year in assembly and manufacturing... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 01/06/2014 - Clean Tech competition

The Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre is accepting entries for its 2014 Clean Tech Competition, a new research and design contest.

The competition's theme, "A Solution for Pollution," challenges students ages 15-18 to propose a solution to a local or global pollution problem using clean technology.

Teams of up to three must submit a paper by March 7. Finalists will be announced April 14 and will be asked to make a presentation at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage on May 30.

The first-place team will receive a grand prize of $15,000... MORE



Article - Newsday 12/27/2013 - LI economy expected to grow 2.5% to 3% in 2014

Long Island's economy is expected to grow 2.5 percent to 3 percent next year as jobs become more plentiful, houses sell for higher prices and consumers feel more comfortable about spending, experts said.

The region will likely continue its long march back from the Great Recession, though the economy's growth rate still will be lower than the optimal range of 3 percent to 3.5 percent... MORE

 

Editorial - Newsday 12/12/2013 - Douzinas: The road back to our innovation

Long Island can be a driving force of science and innovation in the world's greatest metro area. It once was; it can be again.

We need to reclaim that legacy, which made Long Island a world leader in aviation for most of the 20th century. We should take advantage of our research, medical and educational institutions to promote a culture of science and innovation that distinguishes Long Island from the region while tying us more closely to it... MORE



Press Release - LongIslandExchange.com 09/13/2013 - LIFT announces retirement of president

(Bethpage, NY) The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, www.lift.org), the designated NYSTAR Long Island Regional Technology Development Center and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for the U.S. Department of Commerce, working on behalf of the region's 3,200 small and mid-sized manufacturers, announced today that its president of over 3-1/2 years, Frank Otto, is retiring by year's end. For Otto, who was pulled back from a previous planned retirement, the decision is a family-motivated one which also will have him relocating to Montana to be close to family members. He will, however, remain accessible and in a support role to LIFT.

"LIFT is a great source of pride for me," said Otto. "I am very proud of the organization we have built, the team I have worked with, and the dedicated manufacturers across Long Island that LIFT serves. I am very optimistic that LIFT will continue to advance manufacturing on Long Island which, in turn, will help secure the region's future economic growth and stability."... MORE



Article - LIBN 09/13/2012 - LIFT president Frank Otto to retire

Long Island Forum for Technology president Frank Otto has announced he will retire from the organization as of the end of the year. LIFT Executive Director Bill Wahlig will take over as president on an interim basis until a new president can be found.

Otto and his wife plan to move to Montana where their daughter lives... MORE



Article - Newsday 09/12/2013 - LIFT president Frank Otto to retire

Longtime aerospace company engineer Frank Otto is retiring as president of the Long Island Forum for Technology, a business group, after three and a half years in the post.

The Forum, based in Bethpage and commonly known by the acronym LIFT, announced Thursday that Otto would leave by year's end. A LIFT spokeswoman said Otto and his wife plan to relocate to Montana, where their daughter lives... MORE

 

Press Release - LongIslandExchange.com 09/12/2013 - Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) leading recognition of Long Island's manufacturers on Manufacturing Day, October 4th, 2013

(Bethpage, NY) The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, www.lift.org), the designated NYSTAR Long Island Regional Technology Development Center and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for the U.S. Department of Commerce, working on behalf of the region's 3,200 small and mid-sized manufacturers, wants Long Island to know that there are many thriving manufacturers across diverse industries right here on Long Island.

The organization is joining MEPs across the nation and other organizations including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International on October 4th, 2013 for the official Manufacturing Day... MORE

 

Press Release - LongIslandExchange.com 08/16/2013 - Suffolk County Executive Bellone joins with IDA to announce groundbreaking STEM jobs initiative

(Hauppauge, NY) Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joins with Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Anthony Manetta in announcing an innovative new jobs website that bridges the gap between job seekers with prospective employers in Suffolk County.

The site, www.jobs.suffolkida.org, has an initial listing of over 115 jobs and over 20 companies participating... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 07/05/2013 - Long Island's race to innovation

A revolutionary oral treatment that applies to cancer, diabetes and obesity? Check.

New enzymes that substantially improve the performance of mass spectrometers? Roger.

A simple effective method for removing E. coli and other potentially deadly bacteria from homes? Got it.

Yes, Long Island has its share of biotech development underway, but it has lacked a foolproof way to pair scientific breakthroughs with investors who can commercialize them, creating the kind of econdomic driver the Island needs to reinvent itself as an innovation economy. Until now, maybe... MORE

 

Article - Composites World 06/24/2013 - Automated Dynamics sells AFP to research center

Automated Dynamics (Schenectady, NY, USA) announced on June 6 the sale of its state-of-the-art automated fiber placement (AFP) system to the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, Bethpage, NY).

The Advanced Material and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center (AMMTIC) is a division of LIFT and is where the new AFP equipment will be located.
This research center will comprise 25,000 sq ft/2,323 sq m and is currently being renovated for occupancy in the fall of 2013... MORE



Article - NewsLI.com 05/29/2013 - Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) awards first technology scholarships

(Farmingdale, NY) The first recipients of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, Bethpage, NY, www.lift.org) Technology Scholarship were announced on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 in an award ceremony held at the Western Suffolk BOCES' Wilson Technological Center (Wilson Tech, Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY, www.wilsontech.org).

On hand for the event were representatives of LIFT, Western Suffolk BOCES, Wilson Tech, the scholarship winners, all of whom attend Wilson Tech, and their families. The scholarship winners are... MORE



Article - Newsday 05/12/2013 - Defense industry battles to survive on LI

Long Island's once mighty defense and aerospace industry is under renewed pressure because of across-the-board federal budget cuts.

The spending reductions, known as the sequester, are likely to have the most severe impact on small manufacturers... MORE

 

Article - The Corridor 05/02/2013 - LIFT commercializes Energy-Tech and launches LI's world-class Composite Center

Long Island is home to some 3,200 manufacturers. For several decades, The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) has aimed to keep them healthy and competitive.

This matters to Long Island's larger economy because
industrial production spins off other commercial activities and new ventures. Manufacturers therefore have an outsize economic impact, generating nearly 20% of LI's $120 billion economy... MORE

 

Press Release - Nassau County 04/17/2013 - First Nassau County science and engineering fair announced

(Long Island, NY) Nassau County announced this week that it will host its First Annual Science and Engineering Fair for all middle school and high school students in Nassau County on Saturday, May 18th at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

This event will be the first time that any county in New York State has created a county-wide science and engineering fair, said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano... MORE



Article - Newsday 04/15/2013 - Panel to focus on rails marketplace, surety bonds

Small businesses and manufacturers interested in getting into rail supplies can get details from a panel discussion on the topic Thursday by the Long Island Forum for Technology.

The event, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18, at LIFT's offices in Bethpage, will feature representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Small Business Administration and the Empire State Development Corp. who will give presentations about programs that small manufacturers and minority or women-owned businesses can take advantage of, and answer questions from attendees... MORE



Article - Northport Patch 04/11/2013 - 'Tides are changing' for LI-based tech startups

Venture capitalist David Calone was among the speakers addressing a crowd of over 200 Long Island start ups and investors at the Paramount Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency and County Executive Steve Bellone.

Calone, whose newest venture Accelerate Long Island invests in technology coming out of Brookhaven and Stony Brook, said the tide is changing for emerging technologies in Long Island. He sees a bright future for the area's "innovation market."

"Every big company started as a small company," he said. "What we need on Long Island are more small companies. That's our goal; to create a dozen new companies on LI so that they grow to be the biggest employers in this region and country."... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 04/11/2013 - Adams defends New York minimum wage hike

Empire State Development Chief Ken Adams defended Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget as being "good for business" before a crowd of manufacturing and technology professionals at Hofstra University on Thursday.

Cuomo, who spent the first two years of his governorship attempting to rebrand the state as "open for business," has taken flack from many business groups for implementing measures in his most recent budget... MORE



Article - Garden City Patch 04/10/2013 - Cradle to host county's first science and engineering fair

Nassau County will hold its First Annual Science and Engineering Fair for all middle school and high school students May 18 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

This event will be the first time that any county in New York State has created a county-wide science and engineering fair... MORE



Article - Newsday 03/25/2013 - Composites manufacturing conference Wednesday

The Long Island Forum for Technology will host its third conference focused on composites manufacturing Wednesday. The event, which in the past touched upon broader topics related to composites, will have a different feel this year in anticipation of LIFT's new composites manufacturing center, which will open in October 2013.

"Because the facility is becoming a reality this
year, we're being very specific and really focusing in on what we can do now to help companies transition into this marketplace," said LIFT director Bill Wahlig... MORE



Article - News 12 03/13/2013 - Mangano to deliver State of the County address tonight

Officials say Nassau's budget concerns are expected to be the focus of the State of the County address tonight. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is also expected to detail the county's recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Mangano will deliver his address from the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.

The entire speech will be live at 7 p.m. on News 12. MORE



Article - Sayville-Bayport Patch 02/27/2013 - B-BP serves as pilot program for school security technology

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure and improve school safety the Bayport-Blue Point School District is participating in a pilot program in which security data is accessible using a digital format for fast shared access in the event of a security threat.

For the past two years, security and technology consultants involved in the non-profit Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Secuirty have been working with district officials to develop an online software system, called Project SAFEguard, that will provide first responders, including ambulances, fire departments and police, with needed building and operations data... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 01/29/2013 - LIFT, Empire State Development holding Solutions Fair

The fair is "specifically geared to help manufacturing companies overcome production, engineering and product-innovation challenges" and will present small and medium-sized businesses with "technology solutions to grow their business."

Expertise will be provided by Dr. John Sinnott of the Cornell Center for Material Research and Ray Salaberrios of Empire State Development's New York State Job Development Authority, among others.

Representatives of Stony Brook's Center for Advanced Technology, Babylon's Matrix Railway Corp., Shirley's Atlantic Industrial Technologies and other businesses from across Long Island and New York will be in attendance, according to LIFT.

There's no fee and manufacturers can register at the door, though advanced registration is recommended.

The fair is slated to run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Morrelly Center, 510 Grumman Road West in Bethpage... MORE

 

Editorial - LIBN 12/20/2012 - Watt: Let's stop them from leaving

"...As Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, once wrote, 'New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.'"... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 12/14/2012 - Tech students get a LIFT

The Long Island Forum for Technology announced a new scholarship program to help create a more technically advanced workforce on Long Island.

LIFT, a Bethpage-based nonprofit economic development organization, will offer up to 10 merit-based scholarships per year with values of up to $5,000 apiece, for students who graduate through Eastern Suffolk, Western Suffolk or Nassau County BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) programs and go on to study science, technology, engineering and manufacturing at Long Island colleges...
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Editorial - LIBN 12/14/2012 - Reaching higher

Given Long Island's rich history in aviation design and manufacturing, composites training should be commonplace here, but until now, the nearest available college program was at the University of Delaware... MORE



Article - The Corridor 12/12/2012 - Long Island Forum for Technology - Bringing Markets to Technology for Long Island

Morrelly Homeland Security Center and Composite Center among its big moves. Next? Rail and cyber... MORE

 

Press Release - LICA 12/07/2012 - Long Island Capital Alliance announces participants for Social Media Capital Forum

Melville, NY -- The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the presenting companies and panelists for its Social Media Capital Forum to be held on December 14, 2012. The capital forum will be held in partnership with Accelerate Long Island and Social Media Association, Inc... MORE



Press Release - 11/29/2012 - Accelerate LI, LIFT and LISTnet form alliance to build Long Island's entrepreneurial ecosystem

Melville, NY -- Accelerate Long Island announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with the Long Island Software Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem on Long Island... MORE



Article - Newsday 11/29/2012 - Accelerate LI, LISTnet, LIFT form strategic partnership

Three Long Island business organizations have formed a partnership that will aim to make the local business "ecosystem" more fertile for start-up companies.

Accelerate Long Island, the Long Island Software Technology Network and the Long Island Forum for Technology on Thursday announced they would be teaming up to promote the region as ripe for start-ups and offer services such as networking and mentoring for early-stage companies... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 11/29/2012 Accelerate LI, LISTnet, LIFT sign partnership

The heads of three Long Island technology advocacy groups have joined forces, signing a strategic partnership they say will create a one-stop shop for tech companies of any kind.

Accelerate Long Island formed a strategic partnership today with the Long Island Forum for Technology and Long Island Software and Technology Network, with representatives of all three organizations meeting to sign a formal teaming agreement.

The partnership will be used in networking and instructional events to develop Long Island's entrepreneurial ecosystem, cross-marketing the region as a technology hub and providing assistance to companies and entrepreneurs... MORE

 

Announcement - Suffolk County Department of Labor 11/27/2012 - Business Services Unit

LIFT's regional partner, the Suffolk County Department of Labor, would like to let you know about the following no-cost services they offer to help your business succeed... MORE

 

Article - Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports 11/21/2012 - Long Island Rail Suppliers

An alliance of rail suppliers received more funding for a pilot program from the US Small Business Administration to form teams of suppliers. The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) has formed the Rail Suppliers Alliance using a 2011 grant; the second year $454,545 grant covers October 2012 to September 2013... MORE



Article - LIBN 11/16/2012 - Manufacturing jobs returning to the US

As the cost advantage of manufacturing in China shrinks, U.S. companies are bringing work back home, giving them greater control over their supply chain.

A survey conducted earlier this year by Boston Consulting Group, a global business management and consulting firm, found that more than a third of U.S manufacturing executives at companies with sales greater than $1 billion are planning to bring back production operations to the United States from China in the next few years...
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Announcement - LIFT 11/01/2012 - Have you incurred damages resulting from Super-Storm Sandy?

1) New York State is looking to ascertain major impacts on manufacturers on Long Island. If you have been seriously impacted by flooding or other damage, please contact us at rzounek@lift.org or 631-846-2732.

2) Pursuant to the Major Disaster Declaration declared for all of NYC and Long Island, there are a number
of emergency programs made available by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Please click "MORE" below for details from Senator Schumer about Home, Business and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. A disaster assistance and relief funding guide from Senator Gillibrand is also included.

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Article - NewHydeParkPatch 11/01/2012 - Visiting the Nassau County Emergency Command Center

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy met with federal, state and local officials working at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage Wednesday, getting updates about the relief and recovery efforts going on in Nassau County... MORE



Article - Newsday 10/09/2012 - LIFT receives $445G SBA grant for rails program

The Long Island Forum for Technology was awarded a grant from the Small Business Administration to continue developing the Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliances. The program, which is barely a year old, is being spearheaded by LIFT and designed to help local small businesses come together to compete for federal contracts on rail and transportation projects... MORE

 

Press Release - LIFT 10/09/2012 - AMMTIC Center

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT, www.lift.org) is moving forward to providing manufacturers with a total resource for entry into the growing advanced composites market - its Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center (AMMTIC)... MORE

 

Article - Progressive Railroading.com 10/08/2012 - Long Island economic development organization lands federal grant for Rails Supplier Alliance

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) recently received a second grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration for a pilot program designed to help small businesses work collectively to more effectively compete for federal contracts. The $454,545 grant covers a one year period from Sep. 30, 2012, through Sept. 29, 2013.

As it did a year ago, LIFT - a nonprofit economic development organization - will use the grant to help fund its Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliance program, which aims to help small businesses that supply parts and services to the rail industry... MORE



Article - Newsday 10/02/2012 - 3 plants on LI to open for National Manufacturing Day

Three Long Island manufacturers will open their doors Friday to the public as part of National Manufacturing Day.

The nationwide event helps educate the public about local manufacturing and also aids in connecting manufacturers with business owners in hopes of more collaboration. The open houses on Long Island are being organized by the Long Island Forum for Technology... MORE

 

Press Release - mfrtech.com 10/01/2012 - Manufacturing Day Event at B & R Industries Inc, The Manifold Center

B & R Industries Inc, The Manifold Center is hosting an open house at its manufacturing facility located at 12 Commercial Blvd., Medford, NY to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 5, 2012.

The open house will be held on Oct 5th from 1:00pm to
4:00 pm and is open to the Long Island community... MORE

 

Press Release - MarketWire 09/27/2012 - Long Island Capital Alliance brings investment and business development to local cyber security companies at Capital Forum

The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the successful completion of its Cyber Security Capital Forum held on September 14, 2012... MORE



Article - LIBN 09/24/2012 - Janet Napolitano to tour Morrelly Homeland Security Center

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be in Bethpage today to take a tour of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security at the Morrelly Center.

The center, a public-private partnership featuring corporate and government agencies all under the same roof, has been in operation for two years, and has already produced several products and entities through company collaborations... MORE



Article - Newsday 09/22/2012 - U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to visit LI on Monday

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano on Monday will make her first visit to the Bethpage-based Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security, a member of the Long Island Forum for Technology family of companies.

Napolitano is the first cabinet member to visit the foundation since its founding after Sept. 11... MORE



Article - Newsday 09/10/2012 - LI manufacturers wanted for national event

The Long Island Forum for Technology is looking for local manufacturers to open their facilities to the public as part of a nationwide event for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 09/04/2012 - LIFT buys Plainview site for innovation center

The Long Island Forum for Technology has purchased a 25,000-square-foot building in Plainview as the site for the organization's future Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center (AMMTIC).

The center, which is slated to open in the fall of 2013, will provide resources to local manufacturers for learning about composites, strong but lightweight materials used in advanced construction, and how to incorporate the materials into their products. AMMTIC will offer educational courses about composites and provide equipment that manufacturers can use to develop composite prototypes... MORE

 

Press Release - LICA 08/16/2012 - Long Island Capital Alliance announces participants for Cyber Security Capital Forum

The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading nonprofit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the presenting companies and panelists for its Cyber Security Capital Forum to be held on September 14, 2012. The capital forum will be held in partnership with the Long Island Forum for Technology ("LIFT") and Long Island Software & Technology Network ("LISTnet")... MORE



Article - Farmingdale Observer 08/03/2012 - Project SAFEGuard being introduced to schools

On Thursday, July 27, officials at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage hosted Project SAFEguard, an educational program that will be rolled out to local school administrations. It is a program of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (ASFHS), a member of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) family of companies... MORE



Press Release - Brookhaven Town 07/30/2012 - Supervisor Lesko speaks at Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT)

Over 100 member and manufacturers in attendance to discuss technology initiatives... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 07/27/2012 - Morrelly firms partner on Project SAFEguard

Six local tech companies are headed back to school.

The companies, all based out of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security in Bethpage, have banded their technologies together to create Project SAFEguard, a comprehensive safety and emergency management tool tailored to school districts... MORE

 

Press Release - Long Island Capital Alliance 07/19/2012 - LICA announces Cyber Security Capital Forum in partnership with LISTnet and LIFT

The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced that it will be holding a Cyber Security Capital Forum on September 14. The capital forum will be held in partnership with the Long Island Software & Technology Network ("LISTnet") and the Long Island Forum for Technology ("LIFT"). LISTnet and LIFT will facilitate LICA's reach into the rapidly evolving and critically important field of cyber security... MORE



Press Release - Brookhaven Town 07/11/2012 - Supervisor Lesko visits Long Island Forum for Technology

Supervisor Mark Lesko recently visited the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT)'s Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage. LIFT was founded in 1976 as a non-for-profit economic development organization intended to develop technology and science industries on Long Island.

"LIFT has a state-of-the-art homeland security hub and is currently implementing cutting edge programs to stimulate innovation on Long Island and bring markets to technology clusters. I thank the President, Frank Otto, and Executive Director, Bill Wahlig, for their proven efforts to commercialize technology, which will have a direct economic impact on the entire region," said Supervisor Mark Lesko... MORE



Article - Long Island Press 06/08/2012 - 10th annual Power List celebrating the year's fifty most influential Long Islanders

Profile of Frank Otto... MORE



Article - Newsday 06/03/2012 - For some LI employers, finding skilled workers is tough

Good jobs are going begging at some Long Island companies. Jeff Tempone, who owns East Coast Refrigeration in Deer Park, estimates he needs at least 10 more workers to compete for bigger contracts. Despite offering a base salary of $75,500 for some jobs, Tempone can't find enough mechanical engineers or technicians skilled in industrial refrigerants.

"Companies like mine find it very difficult to grow, because we have to have those people before we can get the work," he said.

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Article - LIBN 05/29/2012 - Long Island tech collaborations paying off

Like teamwork, there's no "I" in technology. That's a philosophy that many around Long Island have been preaching to technology companies and researchers as they make a push to create the next Research Triangle or Silicon Valley between the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound.

And it's starting to pay off. Increased collaboration at large and small technology and research institutions has created unique business opportunities for companies in the tech industry - one of the sectors singled out by state and local officials as the future driving force for the Island's economy... MORE

 

Press Release - World News Report 05/21/2012 - HIA-LI 24th annual Long Island Business Trade Show & Conference set to welcome record numbers of attendees seeking B2B information, education

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Article - LIBN 04/26/2012 - LIFT, Canadian officials discuss LI technology

Only a few hours ahead of a fierce battle between New York and Ottawa's hockey teams, officials from Long Island and Canada were all smiles as they talked about a potential effort to improve business between the two regions.
The Long Island Forum for Technology played host today to John Prato, the Canadian consul general, and a large group of Canadian law enforcement officials to discuss ways Long Island could get a piece of the Northern Borders Initiative - an anti-terrorism and drug strategy employed by the Canadian and U.S. governments... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 04/20/2012 - LIFT, Alcott Group partner on HR education

Following its partnership with the Long Island Capital Alliance, the Long Island Forum for Technology has announced it has created a strategic partnership with Farmingdale-based Alcott HR Group. Through the alliance, Alcott's human resources experts will educate LIFT member companies on payroll administration, employee benefits design and administration, tax administration and regulatory compliance... MORE

 

Press Release - Digital Journal 03/29/2012 - HIA-LI 24th annual Business Trade Show & Conference to showcase innovation, leadership among Long Island companies

Sponsors and exhibitors are gearing up to meet one-on-one with thousands of Long Island business leaders during the region's largest one-day Business to Business Trade Show... MORE

 

Press Release - MarketWire 03-22-2012 - Long Island Capital Alliance announces major success for Homeland Security and Defense Capital Forum

The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the successful completion of the Homeland Security and Defense Capital Forum held on March 9. The event was held in partnership with the Long Island Forum for Technology ("LIFT").

"In our first collaborative effort with LIFT, we are delighted to have achieved considerable success with our Homeland Security and Defense Capital Forum," said Jeffrey L. Bass, Chairman of LICA.... MORE

 

Article - LIBN Young Island 02/24/2012 - Cyber security - A growing threat and a business opportunity

The Long Island Software and Technology Network and Long Island Forum for Technology recently held its "Growing Your Cyber Security Business" event at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage... MORE



Article - Government Security News 02/21/2012 - Gen. Hayden says it's time to look at the consequences of cyber attacks

Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF-Ret.), having served as head of the NSA and then head of the CIA, ought to know a few things about the current state of cyber security in America. So, when Hayden says the U.S. may be spending too much time thinking about cyber vulnerabilities and not enough time thinking about the actual consequences of a successful cyber attack, it probably makes sense to pay attention.... MORE



Article - Newsday 02/21/2012 - Protecting businesses from cyber attacks

Long Island's business and technology leaders began an effort Tuesday to start a new industry here that would focus on protecting companies, government agencies and individuals from cyber attacks that have been increasingly causing chaos in the financial world and other industries.
More than 100 business people, educators and government officials crowded into an auditorium at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage for speeches, a panel discussion and explanations of government aid programs dealing with cyber security. The event was organized by LIFT - the Long Island Forum for Technology - and LISTnet, the private technology organization... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 02/21/2012 - LIFT, LISTnet partnership eyes opportunities

Two of Long Island's most well-known technology organizations are attempting to shine a light on the plethora of government opportunities that currently exist for information-technology companies. The Long Island Forum for Technology, in conjunction with the Long Island Software and Technology Network, hosted its first joint event Tuesday, bringing in more than 100 individuals in the IT arena eager to find out about grants and other opportunities that exist with the federal
government in the realm of cyber security... MORE

 

Press Release - MarketWire 02/16/2012 - Long Island Capital Alliance announces strategic partnership with Long Island Forum for Technology

The Long Island Capital Alliance (LICA), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced a strategic partnership with the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). The partnership with LIFT will facilitate LICA's reach into the burgeoning and fragmented technology industry. Initially focusing on one technology sector, LIFT will play a major role as a partner in LICA's Homeland Security and Defense Capital Forum scheduled for March 9... MORE



Article - Long Island Press 02/08/2012 - Nassau holds pharmacy security summit

Saud Ansari has been a pharmacist for about 25 years, owns a pharmacy in Woodmere and deals in giving sick Long Islanders the medicine they need to fight off various illnesses and diseases.
Never did he realize he would be on the "front line" of the war against prescription drug abuse, a term that isn't usually applied to suburban small business owners, but was repeatedly used during a pharmacy security summit held in Bethpage on Tuesday.
"This has always been a problem," Ansari said during the three-hour event held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center. "But I think recently in the last couple of months or years... it has really sky rocketed."...
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Article - Newsday 02/07/2012 - Bethpage forum tackles pharmacy security

Drug treatment experts and law enforcement officials gathered Tuesday at a summit and called for a coordinated approach to combating prescription drug abuse across Long Island.
"We will end this terrible trend that has led to so many tragedies," Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano told more than 100 people at a prescription drug summit at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage...
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Article - First Responder 01/19/2012 - Roving sensors to catch wireless network infiltrators

The recent widespread growth of wireless networks to allow for computer mobility has created new threats to the security of critical infrastructure. While mobility improves productivity, each wireless-enabled computer with network access is another entry point into the network, meaning that these computers pose a security risk. Moreover, the wireless network itself is an avenue for breaking into a system. Infiltration via wireless networks can be as simple as driving a car near a facility and opening up a laptop.

To help secure wireless computer networks for the protection of critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has funded the development of the WildCAT (Cyber Asset Tracking)... MORE

 

Article - Wall Street Journal 01/19/2012 - NY suburb to hold forum on pharmacy safety

Pharmacists and law enforcement officials in suburban Nassau County will soon meet to discuss ways to improve store security... MORE



Article - Long Island Press 01/18/2012 - Nassau to host pharmacy security summit

Nassau County officials have scheduled a security summit for pharmacists and law enforcement next month following the second deadly drug store robbery in a six-month span on New Year's Eve... MORE

 

Article - Empire State News Net 01/18/2012 - Nassau pharmacy robberies prompts summit

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice today announced that Nassau County's Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Task Force will partner with InfraGard, an FBI public-private partnership, and the Long Island Pharmacy Crimes Task Force to offer a Pharmacist Security Summit on February 7, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at The Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage... MORE



Article - Newsday 01/18/2012 - Nassau security summit aims at pharmacists

Nassau County will hold a security summit next month to help local pharmacists protect themselves from robbers desperate for pain pills.
The Feb. 7 event at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage is sponsored by the Nassau Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Task Force, the Long Island Pharmacy Crimes Task Force and InfraGard, an FBI public-private partnership... MORE



Article - Newsday 01/15/2012 - LIFT buying site for composites training

Frank Otto, president of the Long Island Forum for Technology, signed papers late last week to purchase a 25,000-square-foot building in Plainview that will be used to help companies in
Nassau and Suffolk counties stay in the aircraft business in the future. That future is going to involve the use of composites... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 01/12/2012 - Security focus on LI manufacturing

Some U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials stopped by the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage earlier this week to discuss plans to protect one of Long Island's staples, its manufacturing sector... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 12/16/2011 - LIFT creates rail supplier alliance

Using a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, LIFT this week announced that it has created the Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliance - a group of 50 to 60 companies who will work in conjunction to secure large rail contracts for local suppliers. LIFT was one of just 11 organizations nationwide to receive the grant... MORE



Article - Newsday 12/15/2011 - LI rail suppliers group gets off the ground

A local industry that would build parts and security equipment for the nation's railroad companies took a step toward becoming reality earlier this week, when executives of 65 small businesses gathered in Bethpage to create the Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliance.... MORE



Article - Newsday 12/12/2011 - Partnering to push for rail-parts contracts

Diurno, president of Power Resources International Inc. in West Babylon, which builds software and hardware that monitors equipment at railroad substations, hopes big companies and big government agencies will treat his business differently in the future.
That's because Power Resources is joining forces with other Long Island companies that make railroad parts to compete together for big contracts... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 12/08/2011 - Long Island wins $101M in NY eco dev funding

Long Island was named one of the four "Best Plan Awardees" by New York state, receiving $101.6 million in state funding... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 12/08/2011- LI wins $101.6 million in state jobs aid

Long Island is one of four New York regions that will receive more than $100 million each in state aid to begin implementing job-growth plans, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday... MORE

 

Radio - HJMT 11/17/2011 - LIFT discusses economic development initiatives

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Article - Newsday 11/03/2011 - LIFT readying for future with composites

One day soon there will be an industry worth about $100 billion. It will be based on using advanced composite materials to build everything from airplanes to body parts... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 11-01-2011 - Comedy set for manufacturers' tech forum

National Grid is sponsoring a daylong forum Thursday on advanced composites manufacturing. But those planning to attend -- willingly or unwillingly -- should take heart. There will be a comedian, Joey Koehler, doing stand-up comedy during the lunch hour... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 10-10-2011 - NY still 3rd in nation for tech jobs

TechAmerica Foundation, the research division of an industry trade group in Washington, found 294,702 New Yorkers held tech jobs in 2010. More than half were in two categories - computer systems design and related services or Internet and telecommunications services.
Besides having the most tech employment after California and Texas, New York also was third in the two kinds of tech positions: manufacturing and services... MORE



Article - 09-30-2011 LIBN - Morrelly team collaborates on fire safety

The Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage has become a guinea pig for a coalition of companies at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in nearby Bethpage seeking to cash in big on creating the latest in firefighter training, safety equipment and technology.
The companies are turning the academy into a showcase to install their technology, hoping the facility will attract fire officials from other parts of the country interested in establishing a similar system... MORE

 

Commentary - LIBN 09-28-2011 - Ones to watch in business growth strategies

... Frank W. Otto, President, Long Island Forum for Technology. Otto has oversight for Bethpage-based LIFT, which helps the region's 3,200 small and midsized manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits and improve competitiveness... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 09-28-2011 - LIFT gets grant to help rail suppliers

Long Island has always talked about building industries in technology or biotech. But talk about a railroad industry is relatively new. Such talk got a boost earlier this week when the U.S. Small Business Administration approved a $200,546 grant to the Long Island Forum for Technology to help small companies compete to win contracts to supply train parts... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 09-25-2011 - LIFT receives $200K SBA grant

A Long Island technology advocate was named as one of 11 organizations nationwide to be awarded a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Long Island Forum for Technology will receive $200,000 as part of the grant funding, which is being used for the training, counseling and mentoring of small businesses to enter into teaming relationships and compete for larger federal contracts... MORE

 

Commentary - LIBN 09-15-2011 - Skelos: LI will thrive, thanks to technology

For decades, Long Island's economy was dependent on the aerospace industry until it crumbled and our economy recessed. Rather than bemoan the loss of jobs and people, many of us envisioned a stronger economy built on high-tech and biotech industries using Long Island's wealth of scientific and entrepreneurial talent. Now, Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to many growing companies and thousands of new jobs.... MORE



Article - LIBN 09-09-2011 - LI companies emerge from 9/11

Local Leader Takes Charge:
With the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shortly after 9/11, there became a greater need for technology and equipment to service this new federal department.
Ken Morrelly, a veteran Long Island technology and manufacturing leader, recognized the need and sought to create a facility that could nuture the growth of such companies locally. As a result, the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security was established... MORE



Article - Newsday 09-09-2011 - Emergency planning on the rise since 9/11

More planning, more collaboration, more innovation and more business. Those are some of the major changes that security professionals and business leaders on Long Island point to since that day 10 years ago when two planes hit the World Trade Center and rocked the country... MORE

 

Press Release - 08-19-2011- Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to hold first public meeting

What: An effort to generate ideas about how to develop the strategic plan for long-term, sustainable, regional economic growth.
Who: All individuals, businesses, organizations, and university representatives from Nassau and Suffolk Counties are welcome to attend the open meeting.
Where: Mack Student Center, Hofstra University, 360 Hofstra University, Hempstead.
When: Tuesday August 23, 2011 **beginning at 4:00 pm the meeting will be open for public observation** MORE



Article - Newsday 08-08-2011 - LI's Morrelly Center ships its first product

The first piece of technology to have been created at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage has been shipped out the door to the U.S. Homeland Security Department in Washington, D.C., marking the beginning of what Morrelly officials hope is the start of a new phase at the center: production... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 07-27-2011 - Cuomo names regional eco dev council

Under Cuomo's initiative, 10 regional economic development councils have been created to develop plans to promote business and job creation in their area that are "sustainable, long term and utilize public-private partnerships."... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 07-15-2011 - Life after Grumman

While many former Grumman Aerospace employees may yearn for the halcyon days of Long Island's manufacturing might, today our region is awash in successful manufacturing firms... MORE



Article - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News - 06-2011 - A LIFT to homeland and port security

The story surrounding the creation of the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, NY, is not far afield from similar clusters of expertise around the world. Faced with the loss of traditional defense business on Long Island, the center is the result of government investment and the brainchild of a dedicated group of executives and corporations that collectively aspire to meld their accrued knowledge and experience with emerging technologies to create a new center of excellence, with an eye on the future technological needs across many markets... MORE



Article - Newsday 05-23-2011 - Getting students into engineering

About a decade ago, Scott Schuler was on his third day of work at Hauppauge-based Festo Corp., a subsidiary of a German maker of factory and process automation products, when his boss, Hans Zobel, asked if he would like to help students at Hauppauge High School with some engineering projects... MORE

 

Commentary - LIBN 05-06-2011 - Donnelly: Manufacturing's alive and well on LI

Mark Twain, when his obituary was wrongly published, famously said, "The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." He might as well have been referring to the manufacturing sector on Long Island... MORE



Article - Newsday 05-04-2011 - LI firms could cash in on security boost

Concerns that the death of Osama bin Laden could lead to retaliation by al-Qaida operatives in the United States are likely to prompt Congress to provide more money next year to the Department of Homeland Security, and therefore to facilities like the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage... MORE



Article - Newsday 04-28-2011 - Focus on market for blast-resistant camera

Bigwigs from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security came together with executives from a Canadian company and Long Island business people at the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage earlier this week to usher in a new era in securing equipment to defend the country... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 04-26-2011 - LI rollout of business matchmaker software

Brookhaven National Lab and the Long Island Forum for Technology have a word of advice for Long Island companies looking for new ideas and technologies: Merwyn... MORE



Article - Newsday 04-15-2011 - Technology groups ink working agreement

At 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, a little bit of history was made on Long Island: two of the region's largest and oldest technology organizations -- the Long Island Forum for Technology and the
Long Island Software and Technology Network -- signed an agreement... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 03-22-2011 - Gillibrand backs wireless rescuer network

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage on Monday to urge support for federal legislation that would build a public-safety wireless data network for emergency first responders that would link different firefighting, ambulance and other type workers with one another... MORE

 

Article - LIBN - 03-21-2011 - Gillibrand seeks joint emergency service network

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage Monday, urging Congress to pass legislation to allocate 10 megahertz of bandwidth, known as the D-Block, for increased emergency services interoperability.
Known as the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Information Act, the legislation would create a framework for the deployment of a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network completely devoted to public safety services, like fire, rescue and police... MORE

 

Press Release - 03-21-2011 - Gillibrand stands with Long Island first responders to call for upgrade to emergency communications systems

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Article - Newsday 03-16-2011 - LI, Quebec execs nearing tech deal

The Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage and Quebec business leaders have been talking and visiting for months. Now an agreement between them is on the horizon that is expected to create Long Island jobs... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 03-15-2011 - LIFT meets with Canadian tech firm

Canadian technology powerhouse INO made a special trip to Long Island Tuesday to meet with members of the Long Island Forum for Technology... MORE



Article - Newsday 03-01-2011 - Ex-LIRR chief flies back to trains

Ken Bauer, former president of the Long Island Rail Road, has spent much of his time since he left in 2003 up in the air - flying to Europe and Asia as head of railroad companies doing business overseas. Now he will be back on the rails again... MORE



Press Release - 02-23-2011 - Ken Bauer joins LIFT Board of Directors

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) announced today that Ken Bauer, former president of the LIRR and a 30 year veteran of the transportation industry has joined the LIFT Board of Directors and will serve as the Chair of the Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliance (LIRSA)... MORE



Press Release - 02-07-2011 - LIFT receives national award for impact on Long Island's work force

The Bethpage-based technology organization, Long Island
Forum for Technology (LIFT), was one of two nationwide recipients of the Lawton Business Leadership Award, presented by The National Association of Workforce Boards... MORE



Article - Newsday 02-02-2011 Jobs top list for LI group visiting Quebec City

Ray Donnelly of the Long Island Forum for Technology leads a group of four companies affiliated with the Bethpage-based Morrelly Homeland Security Center to Quebec City this week. He and the businesses hope the trip will bring contracts and jobs to Nassau and Suffolk... MORE



Article - Newsday 01-24-2011 - Mixing LI business and high tech to create growth

The idea, Frank Otto said, was to get "everyone" together.
In this case, "everyone" meant the scientists at Stony Brook University and top executives of Long Island technology and defense companies. The plan was to throw them all together for a day and see what would come out... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 01-13-2011 - Students permanently impact the Intrepid

Last month, an interdisciplinary team of 11 students from New York Institute of Technology won a design contest to create an energy-efficient hangar for the U.S.S. Intrepid... MORE



Article - LIBN 01-03-2011 - LIFT to receive national award

The National Association of Workforce Boards has announced that Bethpage-based Long Island Forum for Technology will be one of two recipients nationwide of its Lawton Business Leadership Award... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 12-17-2010 - Int'l firms show strong interest in LI

The flailing U.S. economy has had a devastating impact on businesses nationally. Yet, like many storms, this deluge comes with a silver lining... MORE



Article - Newsday 12-13-2010 - Chilean tech execs shown LI possibilities

On Thursday, LIFT invited Martinez and executives of two Chilean companies -- Surikat, a medical-device maker, and Wiseconn, an information-technology firm -- to the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage. The agenda was to see whether the Chilean companies want to locate on Long Island... MORE



Article - Newsday 11-30-2010 - German company eyes project at Heartland

In January, a German company will begin contract manufacturing at the Heartland Industrial Park in Edgewood, building products used in the renewable energy industry. Initially, it will be hiring 30 people, and as many as 100 in a year or so... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 11-19-2010 - Murcott: Focus on early-years education

The school year is well underway and business leaders across Long Island, including me, ask ourselves if our children's education is developing the 21st century skills our businesses need to address the Island's significant challenges to future economic growth... MORE



Article - Newsday 11-18-2010 - LI execs meet with LaHood on future rail projects

Some Long Island business executives are working harder on the railroad these days. They are actually trying to secure work for their companies on any future high-speed rail system built in the United States. On Monday night a new group calling itself the Long Island Rail Suppliers Alliance met at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss high-speed rail systems and work for Long Island companies... MORE



Article - Newsday 11-12-2010 - Morrelly Security Center marks progress in Bethpage

Tom Ridge was handed two bottles of Cutchogue-based Palmer Vineyard wine - one red and one white - as part of his official welcome Friday morning to the new Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 11-05-2010 - Morrelly Center reaches northward

While most homeland security technology firms aid the U.S. government, one Bethpage amalgamation has an international focus... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 10-04-2010 - Morrelly Center helps vets find jobs

More than 250 veterans came out to the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage on Monday eager to find employment with one of 70 companies or organizations in attendance for the Welcome Back Warriors job fair... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 09-30-2010 - Security center sets job fair to help war vets

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home these days to face another enemy - high unemployment. The Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage plans to join the battle against joblessness, hosting a "Welcome Back Warriors" job fair on Monday... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 09-02-2010 - Rail suppliers hope to cash in

After the recent distribution of $151 million to New York for the implementation of high-speed rail projects upstate, Long Island rail suppliers are hoping they won't miss future money trains. Roughly 30 local railroad equipment supply companies have joined together to give Long Island visibility as a viable manufacturing powerhouse... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 08-13-2010 - Alliance is working on a railroad industry

In June, Island business executives traveled to Albany for a daylong conference sponsored by the state Department of Transportation and the Empire State Development Corp. to
discuss creating a railroad supply industry in the state... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 08-03-2010 - Gillibrand sponsors high-tech showcase

Some of Long Island's largest and most powerful business and technology organizations will join others from across the state in Washington, D.C., today in hopes of securing some business from the federal government.
Officials of the Long Island Forum for Technology, the Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Brookhaven National Lab, the Advanced Energy Systems at the State University at Stony Brook, and Cold Spring Harbor Labs will take part in the second-annual High-Tech Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 08-05-2010 - LI firms strut their stuff at high-tech showcase

Hunting government contracts and displaying some of the highest tech in the land, Long Island's most forward-thinking organizations converged on Washington Wednesday for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's second annual High-Tech Innovation Showcase... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 11-12-2010 Morrelly Center formally commissioned

The Morrelly Homeland Security Center brought out the big guns for its official commissioning Friday morning... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 07-30-2010 - Otto named president of Long Island Forum for Technology

There are not many positions in Long Island's aerospace and defense industries that Frank Otto has not held. He was a vice president for years at the old Edo Corp., now a part of ITT Corp. More recently, Otto was a top executive at Comtech Telecommunications Corp. of Melville. Now, he has a new hat: president of the Long Island Forum for Technology, a 30-year-old organization that includes many of the Island's largest defense contractors as members... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 01-29-2010 - Comtech exec leaving for post at nonprofit

Melville-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp., a maker of advanced communications devices, said its senior vice president of operations is retiring to accept a new job working with a Long Island nonprofit... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 07-08-2010 - Israel eyes federal money to aid first responders

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) wants to bring $1 million in federal money to Long Island to help in the development of technologies that would aid first responders to disasters. He announced his push at a news conference Thursday at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 07-07-2010 - Morrelly center scores federal funds

Congressman Steve Israel, D-Huntington, is scheduled to visit the Long Island Forum for Technology's Bethpage campus Thursday morning to announce a $1 million stipend for the creation and marketing of Homeland Security products... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 04-29-2010 - Cyber warfare official tours Morrelly Center

Rosemary Wenchel, the cyber, information operations and strategic studies director at office of the Secretary of Defense, visited the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage on Thursday to
discuss how the government and private sector can work together to fight cyber warfare... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 03-08-2010 - Homeland security center opens

The same building in which scientists and engineers in the 1960s created and built the lunar module that carried men to the moon and back has been converted into a center for homeland security. And in a crisis, the new building for the development of homeland security technology can be used as a command post for first responders, both on Long Island and throughout the region... MORE



Article - Newsday 03-05-2010 - Homeland security center opens in Bethpage

A Bethpage building where scientists built the spacecraft that carried men to the moon is becoming a hub for the development of homeland security technology. Business leaders, politicians and others attended a dedication ceremony Friday for the Morrelly Homeland Security Center... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 03-02-2010 - Homeland security campus to be renamed

The Applied Science Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security will be posthumously renamed after Ken Morrelly, the former president of the Long Island Forum For Technology. Morrelly, who died of a heart attack in October, was the driving force behind the center, which is designed to provide local government and first responders with a facility to accelerate local innovation and serve as a control center during a regional crisis... MORE

 

Article - Newsday 02-15-2010 - Small tech companies to occupy old Grumman plant

Strange as it may sound, Leroy Grumman has an office - sort of - in the spanking new, yet-to-be-fully-opened homeland security building in Bethpage, in Grumman's old Plant 5. What's strange is that Grumman, the founder of the former Grumman Corp., died in 1982 at age 87. Yet, there is a small space on the third floor of the facility - officially known as the Applied Science Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security, which is to open later this month - that was once used by the man known far and wide as Mr. Grumman... MORE

 

Article - LIBN 01-29-2010 - LIFT names Otto president

The Long Island Forum for Technology or LIFT and its sister project the Applied Science Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security have named former defense industry executive Frank Otto as their new president... MORE



Article - Newsday 01-29-2010 - LIFT names Otto president

There are not many positions in Long Island's aerospace and defense industries that Frank Otto has not held. He was a vice president for years at the old Edo Corp., now a part of ITT Corp. More recently, Otto was a top executive at Comtech Telecommunications Corp. of Melville. Now, he has a new hat: president of the Long Island Forum for Technology, a 30-year-old organization that includes many of the Island's largest defense contractors as members... MORE


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