By Adina Genn

This year’s HIA-LI will be virtual amid the COVID-19 crisis. The trade show takes place Oct. 7 through Oct. 8, from 9 a.m.  to 12 a.m.

Already, 2,500 leaders in the business community have preregistered for the trade show, now in its 32nd year.

The event features programs promoting business expansion as well as breakout sessions. There will also be special offers, prizes and promotions.

“Long Island businesses, particularly those in tradable sectors based in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, are the anchor of the regional economy,” Joe Campolo, board chair of HIA-LI and managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, said in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to take the trade show global with the new virtual format. A trade show of this magnitude helps ensure that Nassau and Suffolk businesses are registering a strong impact on the global economic stage as well,” he added.

Campolo is a panelist the trade show program “Long Island Transformational Projects: Economic Growth for Business and Our Economy,” which is slated for Oct.  7 between 9 and 10:30na.m. It moderated by Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute. Panelists also include Bob Coughlan, rincipal with Tritec Real Estate; Russell Albanese, chairman of The Albanese Organization.  The panel will explore such large-scale Long Island economic development initiatives as the Belmont Raceway redevelopment/Nassau Hub, the Ronkonkoma Hub, and Wyandanch Rising.

Another webinar, “Habits to Foster Peak Performance,” features coach Dana Cavalea, former director of performance for the New York Yankees, whose leadership training helped lead the team to the 2009 World Championship. Taking place Oct. 8 between 9and 10:30 a.m., it will be moderated by radio and television personality Steve Harper.

There will be eight breakout sessions, covering marketing, technology, networking, leadership, and other business-related themes.

Every Long Island business sector will be represented at the event, including energy and environmental services, technology, manufacturing, financial services, hospitality, health care, media and advertising, education, government, not-for-profit, and workforce development.

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