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Suffolk IDA, HIA form marketing alliance

The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has formed a marketing alliance with the Hauppauge Industrial Association to help retain some of the county's largest factories.

The IDA's board of directors Thursday unanimously endorsed the effort, which gives the IDA greater access to HIA members and makes them aware of the county's economic-development efforts. The Hauppauge industrial park is one of the nation's largest, and some occupants have been courted by other states to leave Long Island.

IDA executive director Anthony Manetta said the new arrangement gives the county a presence in HIA events and publications, a direct-mail campaign and signs on vacant properties in the park touting IDA tax breaks.

Separately Thursday, the IDA board added to its four-person staff, creating the job of marketing associate. The position pays $77,000 per year and involves maintaining the agency's new website, newsletters and public relations, according to Manetta.

Amy Illardo, a fine-arts teacher in the William Floyd School District who once worked for advertising and marketing companies, was hired for the job. She lives in Moriches.

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