Spectronics Corporation President Jon Cooper (photo on left) was a panelist on a “Charting the Course” regional business seminar designed to examine the relationship between government and business. The round table was held at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College. Concurrent to his responsibilities helming Spectronics, Cooper was a Suffolk County legislator from 2000 to 2011.
More than 100 representatives from Long Island’s diverse economic and community development fields, attended the conference which included other high-level stakeholders in the business, government and the non-profit sectors. Combined, Suffolk County and Nassau County have a population larger than Maine, West Virginia and 11 other states.
Conferees dialogued intensely with panelists on infrastructure, manufacturing, export and tourism issues. Breakout sessions dove even deeper into topics that included navigating the permit process and small business financing.
“As someone with experience in both the private sector and public service, I can’t over emphasize how important it is that government and business respect the profound impact they have on one another…and as a result…the public at large,” says Cooper. “Whether we serve them as citizens or customers, the long-term prosperity of not only Long Island—but America—requires that the public and private sectors work together in ways that are transparent and beneficial to people.”