Elected officials, entrepreneurs, local business leaders, educators and others will come together on Tuesday in Calverton to kick off the official opening of the Agriculture Consumer Science Center.
The ACSC is an 8300-square foot annex to the Calverton Business Incubator in Riverhead and is meant to provide regional food and wine producers and local entrepreneurs with access to shared processing areas.
In addition, the center will provide a place for researchers, scientists and professionals from Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the New York State Small Business Development Center to network and collaborate -- a place where information can be garnered to shepherd new ideas from the early stages of a business concept to an actual start up endeavor.
Of the new center, Yacov Shamash, Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, said, "The impressive response of the agricultural community, even before the doors are open, proves this new facility is answering a deeply felt need. We're delighted to help sustain an industry, which has been a Long Island mainstay for more than 350 years, in the new world of the 21st century.”
Included on the guest list for Tuesday's event, which will take place at 10 a.m. at Stony Brook University's Calverton Business Incubator, are Samuel Stanley Jr., MD, president of Stony Brook University, New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, Riverhead Chamber of Commerce President Janine Nebons, and Joseph Gergela III, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, among others.
"The opening of the Agriculture Consumer Science Center will be another unique asset to our community," said Nebons. "The Chamber understands the important new opportunities that the new facility can bring in the form of new tools, new methods, developing new business organization structures and enabling creative thinking. We are very enthusiastic in our belief that this new enterprise facility will help shape the future growth in our economy."
The Calverton Business Incubator, owned and operated by Stony Brook University, is a 15,680-square-foot facility that fosters the development of new agriculture, aquaculture and environmental technologies.