September 16, 2009
Farmingdale State President W. Hubert Keen Honored By LIA's Small Business Council
Praised for Leadership in Economic Development
Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen today was honored as the 2009 Education Advocate by the Long Island Association's Small Business Council for his leadership in supporting and stimulating economic development and for the College's role as a leading economic engine for the region. Under Dr. Keen, Farmingdale has emerged as an important resource for small businesses throughout Long Island.
The College has established partnerships with such important Long Island companies such as Winthrop University Hospital and Forest Laboratories, provides workforce training for leading employers in the region, is a major academic partner in the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University, and conducts research that assists local the development of industries. A 2008 report by the Long Island Association estimated the College's economic impact on Long Island at $1 billion.
In addition, the College's Small Business Development Center, headed by Lucille Wesnofske, has administered to more than 22,900 clients while creating $260 million in business investments and 11,000 jobs throughout the region.
The LIA also honored Farmingdale alumnus Sal Ferro, President and CEO of Alure Home Improvements, as a "Green" Company Advocate for his pioneering efforts in "green" design and construction.