Nassau County is launching what will be its first public-private initiative to foster local tech industry growth through the creation of a new advisory committee.
The Tech Task Team, or TCubed as it will be called, aims to give industry and government leaders an organized way to advise the county on how to encourage high-tech job growth. The advisory group will be co-chaired by Peter Goldsmith, president and founder of the Long Island Software & Technology Network, a not-for-profit that promotes tech industry growth on Long Island, and Andrew Hazen, co-founder and CEO of LaunchPad, a co-working space for technology startups.
Goldsmith, who proposed the idea to Nassau last month, said the committee will give Island leaders in the fields of software and IT a place to share their concerns and advice on how best to incentivize high-tech industry growth. The county is currently evaluating 18 potential candidates for the committee submitted by Goldsmith. The list includes executives from Hofstra University and software maker Dealertrack Technologies Inc., among others.
County Executive Ed Mangano will officially announce the new committee on March 11 at his State of the County Address at the Twin Rinks Ice Center in Eisenhower Park. The first TCubed meeting is scheduled for April 1.