By Eden Laikin
Speaking to more than 100 exhibitors at Long Island’s annual Business Trade Show in Bethpage yesterday, County Executive Ed Mangano said his focus has been, and is, on rebuilding Nassau’s economy by creating jobs that put people back to work.
“Together, with my economic development team, I have helped create and retain more than 19,000 private sector jobs in Nassau County,” he said. “Under my leadership, Nassau County has attracted new homeland security jobs, high-tech jobs, as well as film and television industry jobs to the former Grumman-Navy property in Nassau. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, good middle-class jobs are beginning to return.”
Nassau County recently won a heated competition with the State of New Jersey for the International Headquarters of Hain Celestial.
The New York State Department of Labor recently reported that Nassau County leads the State of New York in terms of job growth and employment. Nassau County now has the lowest unemployment rate in the region.
“We are creating a stronger economic climate that encourages job growth and equips our residents with job training opportunities,” Mangano said. “In fact, in an effort to reduce the demand on social services, my administration has invested millions of dollars in local job training and retraining centers through agreements with our towns and villages. We have also supported existing businesses with free clinics, job fairs and financial workshops so that they can succeed.”
Mangano has recently supported several federally-funded programs that convert empty office buildings into affordable housing opportunities for young people.
“My administration and I are dedicated to making Nassau County the business-friendly county that it once was,” he said. “We are focused and determined towards making Nassau the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
The Trade Show, held at Carlyle on the Green, featured business seminars and workshops.