Long Island Regional Competitiveness and Growth Strategies Report

On April 24, 2019, Long Island, NY, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency released the Regional Competitiveness and Growth Strategies report produced by JLP+D and the Regional Plan Association. View the entire report and read the press release by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.
View the two-page summary of the report.

JLP+D conducted economic opportunity analysis for key competitive industries, developed a strategic plan for regional economic growth, and designed a multi-phase action plan for the redevelopment of the Hauppauge Industrial Park, Long Island’s premier economic driver and one of the largest industrial parks in the U.S.. 

The report evaluated the strengths, weaknesses, and future growth strategies for nine key tradable clusters suitable to lead Long Island’s economic revitalization: Aerospace and Defense; Biopharmaceuticals; Business Services; Construction; Distribution and E-Commerce; Education and Research; Financial Services; Food Processing; and IT and Analytical Instruments.

JLP+D’s study combined statistics on employment growth, geographic concentration, workforce characteristics, and job openings with qualitative research based on interviews and meetings with more than 20 local and regional leaders in government, business, and academia. The analysis has determined five essential, high-level economic development strategies for regional economic development: facilitate business growth; attract and retain knowledge workers; strengthentraining and workforce development; promoteinnovation and technology transfer; and connectbusinesses, governments and institutions.

The report also aligned the mission of regional economic growth with the new vision for Hauppauge Industrial Park, the 1,600-acre economic hub that is home to 55,000 employees and demonstrates the largest concentration of tradable sector firms on Long Island. JLP+D provided a roadmap for the Park to truly establish itself as the regional anchor for tradable industry growth, by enhancing policy alignment, pursuing broad partnerships, and assessing the competitor landscape.

The report also laid out a detailed design framework and action plan that would guide the multi-sector stakeholders to implement redevelopment strategies including: regulation and zoning changes; public realm improvement; business facility and amenity development; and management and operational upgrades. Short, medium, and long-term projects identified in the report include: rebranding the Park; greenway connections; social network programming; advanced manufacturing innovation hub; and workforce training center.

Client: Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency