Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is set to announce a new plan to help businesses thrive in the county.
He said he will give details on the new initiative during his State of the County speech Wednesday night. The plan mostly relies on the voluntary efforts of private-sector executives. It will involve about 30 government and business leaders who will meet and form several committees to focus on emerging industries, government lobbying, marketing, early-stage financing and workforce development.
"This is an action plan to help foster and bring in new businesses, and to expand existing businesses," Levy said.
Many of the private business leaders who have volunteered to help were themselves aided by Suffolk County incentive programs, Levy said.
The volunteers will meet with executives from companies that are considering a move to Long Island, and will form a welcoming committee. "They will meet the prospective business leaders at the airport and treat them with respect and kindness, and share their success stories," Levy said.
The volunteers will offer suggestions on expediting the permitting process. And commercial attorneys, brokers, architects and other professionals will offer seminars on navigating local requirements and agencies. The committee will target prospective businesses in emerging industries, such as alternative energy, homeland security and biotechnology, and they will match the businesses with Long Island-based venture capitalists, he said.