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New Nassau tech group plans summer job fair

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks to committee

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks to committee members at his Mineola office on April 1, 2015, at the first meeting of the Tech Task Team, dubbed TCubed, a new effort to promote the tech industry on Long Island. Photo Credit: Michael Tamborrino

A new Nassau County group focused on growing the Island's technology industry, TCubed -- short for Tech Task Team -- plans to hold a tech-focused job fair early this summer.

The public-private advisory committee, which held its first meeting last week, is made up of 16 leaders in the fields of software, IT and tech education on Long Island, representing local companies and universities. During the first meeting on April 1, committee members, who are volunteering their time, discussed ways to better promote and unify the region's tech community.

Plans include the creation of an informational website for startups, advertising to promote Nassau's tech efforts, and the June 10 job fair, said committee member and organizer Peter Goldsmith.

The group is co-chaired by Goldsmith, president and founder of the Long Island Software & Technology Network, a promoter of tech growth on Long Island, and Andrew Hazen, co-founder and CEO of LaunchPad, a "co-working space" for technology startups

"We need to be talking about the importance of technology and the different programs we have on Long Island," said Yacov Shamash, Stony Brook University's vice president for economic development and dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Shamash, a TCubed committee member, said that any effort that brings business, academia and local government together to promote the region's tech sector is helpful.

Brian Nevin, a spokesman for County Executive Ed Mangano, said Nassau is discussing ways it can help the tech community through its partnership. Reaching out to Nassau companies that are looking to fill tech positions is one way they hope to help.

TCubed is working to find a venue for the job fair and recruiting interested attendees.

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