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Empire State Development plans open houses on LI strategy

The Long Island office of Empire State Development, the state’s primary business-aid agency, will hold a series of “open houses” next month to get public input on the strategies it’s pursuing to boost the local economy, officials said.

Cara Longworth, the agency’s Long Island regional director, said the open houses will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. on June 1, June 15 and June 29 in the ESD office, 150 Motor Pkwy., Suite 311, in Hauppauge.

The sessions are aimed at getting public feedback on the economic development strategy devised by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and pursued by ESD and other state agencies. The strategy can be found at

Longworth also said she and her staff will be available to answer questions about the Consolidated Funding Application process used to request state aid.

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