Planting the Seeds of Economic Development

The mission of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is to promote the economic welfare, employment opportunities and quality of life of the residents of Suffolk County. The IDA takes a holistic approach to fulfilling this mission, offering not just tax incentives to companies looking to grow in the County, but thought leadership and technical assistance opportunities that can spur economic development on a broader scale.

In line with its mission and approach, in 2014, the IDA engaged the Regional Plan Association (RPA) to collaborate with self-selecting local municiaplities to carefully consider and address economic development opportunities in downtowns and transit corridors with the aim of spurring sustainable economic growth in Suffolk County. Since that time, RPA has worked with six municipalities on discrete projects that aim to foster transit-oriented development, diversify housing opportunities and create safer, more walkable environments and downtowns across the County. Below are reports on RPA's work in each of those communities.


In December of 2017, the IDA and RPA released a report detailing the outcomes achieved and lessons learned, to date, in each of the six communities studied. That report and its accompanying press release can be downloaded below.