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Venture Capital Financing

Long Island firms receive relatively little venture capital. Investment has declined since 2011.

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2015

Federal Small Business Innovation Research Technology Transfer Awards to Long Island

Small technology companies on Long Island remain competitive in attracting federal funding under the SBIR/STTR programs, which directly supports the private sector in the development and commercialization of innovative and early-stage technologies with significant potential for financial, economic and societal impact.

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2015

Hunger

Sharp rise in reliance on food stamps begins to level off.

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2015

Poverty

Poverty rates increase dramatically.

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2015

Transit Ridership

Long Island Railroad added 1.6 million passengers in 2013, while bus ridership declined in BOTH Nassau and Suffolk.

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2015

Childhood Healthcare

Poorer communities have significantly higher rates of preventable hospitalizations for a series of illnesses.

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2015

Brownfield Redevelopment

Known sites of environmental contamination are located in 136 Long Island communities.

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2015

College Readiness

After a slight decline between 2006 and 2007, College Readiness has been essentially flat. Through 2013, there is a sizable gap in the performance between high and low poverty schools.

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2015

Teacher Education and Turnover

Long Island teachers tend to surpass New York State with greater educational preparedness. Turnover rates on Long Island were higher than NYS during the post-recession years, but returned to the State level in 2013.

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2015

Academic Performance: 4th Grade & 8th Grade

Overall Long Island schools’ 4th Grade English Language Arts performance results exceed New York State. The gap between low-poverty and high-poverty schools, narrowed until 2009, but has since increased. 8th Grade Math results continue to exceed New York State. Performance for high-poverty schools improved until 2009. Dramatic declines were seen in 2013.

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2015

English Language Learners

Students with Limited English Proficiency are disproportionately taught in high-poverty districts.

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2015

Race and Ethnicity

The racial and ethnic composition of Long Island schools is also noteworthy as Long Island remains one of the most residentially segregated areas of the United States.

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2015

Poverty Index

While overall poverty levels on Long Island are lower than NYS as a whole, poverty in Long Schools is increasing.

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2015

Housing Affordability

Housing prices have increased, with the average single-family home selling for $378,500, while the average household income held steady at $90,800.

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2015

Long Island’s Changing Population

Why is this important? The level of population growth is a fundamental benchmark of how attractive Long Island is as a place to live.  New residents require more housing and services, but can also add to the vibrancy of growing communities, increase sales for local businesses and provide additional tax revenues.  Growth in the working

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2015

Household Income Distribution

Median household income continue to decline at the middle and bottom while rising at the top.

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2015

Growth in Wages over the Past 10 Years

Long Island wages continue a slight downward trend, while converging with U.S. wages which have risen slightly since the recession.  U.S. average pay is on a par with Long Island in first the quarter of 2014.

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2015

Gross Metropolitan Product

Long Island’s economy continues to show signs of growth since the recession. However, growth has lagged behind the U.S. GDP as a whole.

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2015

Industry Clusters

Employment declines continue in the aftermath of the recession in some sectors; others show signs of growth. The largest employment losses occurred in higher-paying sectors.

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2015

Employment Trends

Long Island’s private sector employment remains below pre-recession levels.

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2015

Retail Space

Changes in retail space provide an insight to regional economic activity over time. Key indicators include vacancy rates, rental rates and net absorption rates which measures whether the current inventory level is shrinking or growing.

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2014

Local Government Expenditures

The growth in local government costs has slowed substantially since 2008.

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2013

Land Preservation

It is virtually guaranteed that Long Island will not meet its goal to preserve 10% of the Island’s land mass as open space and farmland by 2016.

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2013

Water Quality

Long Island is experiencing a rapid rise in contaminants in our aquifer system and in our surface waters.

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2013