The Long Island Association (LIA) is the leading business organization in the Long Island region. The LIA's membership is comprised of small and large businesses, technology and manufacturing companies, universities, financial service firms, banks, credit unions, hospitals, media companies and sole proprietors which together employ two-thirds of Long Island's workforce.
Founded in 1926, the LIA's mission is to lead the region's development-bringing together disparate factions within the community to forge regional solutions for Long Island. The LIA promotes economic development, job generating projects, affordable housing, transportation improvements, property tax relief, income and business tax reforms and reductions, as well as regulatory relief for businesses. The LIA is led by an independent Board of Directors, which represents many of the major businesses (both large and small) on Long Island.
Over the years, the LIA has spawned separate organizations to focus full-time attention on specific issues, including the:
- Long Island Better Business Bureau.
- Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- Long Island Housing Partnership, which builds affordable housing.
- LIA Health Alliance, which provides health insurance options for small businesses.
- Long Island Works Coalition, a collaboration with the educational community for workforce development.
- LISTnet, which focuses on the information technology industry.
- Accelerate Long Island, a groundbreaking collaborative initiative that will help unlock the potential of our region's research institutions.
The LIA is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that seeks to make Long Island a better place and business-friendly region. It is the organization looked to both on and off the Island to articulate the region's needs and its future direction. It works closely with organizations throughout the state and the country to positively influence public policy and ensure a prosperous future for the region.
LIA members enjoy a wide array of benefits-from participation on active committees addressing the major issues facing the region and networking events large and small-to major events that attract former U.S. Presidents and other nationally known respected speakers, as well as a variety of unique publications that provide special insight into Long Island's economy.