NEW YORK – Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay teamed up with his colleagues at the State, Town and County government levels as well as business leaders all across Long Island for “Charting The Course”, an event aimed at building bridges between the business community and government, at Bayport – Blue Point High School this past Wednesday. The event featured a round table format allowing for government and businesses to work together to solve problems while addressing the needs of the next generation – our students.
Over the course of the two hour event the panel discussed starting a business, marketing and tourism in the region, the importance of organizations like Chambers of Commerce, networking, navigating governmental red tape, and the ever changing workforce that millennials are entering. Roughly 40 high school students were on hand to be a part of the dialogue.
The Panel included:
Bill Lindsay, Suffolk County Legislator, Eighth District
Trish Bergin, Islip Town Councilwoman
Christine Geed, New York State Senator Phil Boyle’s office
Doug Smith, New York State Assemblyman Al Graf’s office
Eric Hofmeister, New York State Senator Tom Croci’s office
Jarett Gandolfo, New York State Assemblyman Andrew Garborino’s office
Craig Knepper, Suffolk County Health Department
Gina Coletti, Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers
Jamie Claudio, Discover Long Island
Jamie Moore, Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island
Lenore Ringer-Prezioso, Bayport, Blue Point Chamber of Commerce
Rick Ammirati, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce
Rob Blair, Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce
Ron Beattie, Oakdale Chamber of Commercce
Regina Zara, Suffolk County Economic Development
Rosalie Drago, Workforce Development Institute
Michelle Kelly, Ms. Michelle’s Bakery
Joseph Venero, Student Panelist
Vincent Butera, Bayport – Blue Point Schools Superintendent
With a panel featuring small business owners, Chamber of Commerce presidents, elected officials and various other stakeholders, students had several questions that led to in depth conversation about job growth, the development of new and expanding fields and the importance of networking. The panel offered their best advice to students for success after they finish their education while providing real world examples from the business community.
Charting the Course, first held by Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory in June 2016, has continued to spread across Suffolk County’s legislative districts. Legislator Lindsay viewed the event as an opportunity to be proactive and continually show his steadfast commitment to local economic development.
“As Chairman of the economic development committee it is imperative that I facilitate opportunities with the business community and continue to find ways for government and business to work together” said Legis. Lindsay. “Having students here was particularly important because in order for businesses to thrive, they need a capable workforce. Much of economic development is linked to our talent retention here on Long Island and this event was able to build bridges between business and government while also fostering ties between our talented young population and business owners. I look forward to continuing my work in this area.”
Legislator Lindsay plans on holding similar events in the future and continuing his work with local businesses to promote economic growth.
Pictured Above: Charting the Course Panelists with Bayport – Blue Point High School Students. Press Release by Brian Sapp. Press Release Made Available by the Office of Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay.