Sands New York Returns as Title Sponsor for the HIA-LI Trade Show

Trade Show will include Two Procurement Information Sessions, Hosted by Sands New York for Local Business Owners 

Sands New York will once again serve as the Title Sponsor for the upcoming HIA-LI 36th Annual Business-to-Business Trade Show and Conference. 

For more than 45 years, HIA-LI has been one of the recognized voices for Long Island business and a powerful force for regional economic development. The trade show, scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 9am to 3pm, will be held at the Suffolk Federal Credit Union Arena at Suffolk County Community College’s Grant Campus in Brentwood. Marking its second consecutive year as the Title Sponsor, Sands New York’s continued partnership underscores its commitment to fostering local business growth and economic development.

This year’s trade show, the largest of its kind on Long Island, is expected to attract over 4,000 attendees, including 78 percent decision-makers, alongside 300 exhibitors representing a broad spectrum of industries. The event serves as a critical platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among the region’s business community.

“We are extremely honored to welcome Sands New York back as our Title Sponsor for the second straight year,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President and CEO of HIA-LI. “Their unwavering support not only elevates the trade show but also significantly contributes to our mission of enhancing the economic health and resilience of the Long Island business community. Sands New York’s commitment to utilizing local suppliers and partnering with local businesses is a testament to their dedication to our region’s prosperity.”

Tracey Edwards, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Sands New York said,“Should Sands receive a gaming license from the state of New York, it is committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars with local Long Island businesses, with a particular focus on supporting minority, women, and veteran-owned entities. The HIA-LI Trade Show is an excellent platform for our Sands New York team to engage with business owners who stand to benefit from these opportunities. As this transformational project progresses, we recognize the diverse needs it entails, spanning construction and pre-construction support, technology, professional services, and food and beverage provisions. Long Island businesses must be first in line and fully equipped to seize these opportunities.”

The trade show will feature an array of seminars including two Sands New York procurement information sessions designed to connect local businesses with Sands executives. This initiative aims to integrate local suppliers into Sands’ procurement process, opening doors to new business opportunities and fostering community engagement. In addition to the info sessions, Ms. Edwards will give opening remarks at the event, and Sands will sponsor a large informational tent for Long Island businesses and leaders to familiarize themselves with the proposed project at the Nassau Hub.

Carol A. Allen, Chair of HIA-LI and CEO of Peoples’ Alliance Federal Credit Union echoed this sentiment. “Sands New York’s role as Title Sponsor and their commitment to local engagement are invaluable to the success of this event. Their support enables us to offer a platform where local businesses can showcase their innovations, engage with decision-makers, and forge lasting partnerships. We are proud to have Sands New York as a key partner in our efforts to promote economic growth on Long Island.”

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register to avoid the same-day $10 walk-in fee. For exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anthony Forgione, HIA-LI’s Director of Business Development, 631-543-5355 or Registration, exhibitor, and sponsorship information can also be found at

About HIA-LI

Now in its 46th year, HIA-LI is one of the recognized voices for Long Island business and a powerful force for regional economic development. It also represents the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the largest industrial park in the Northeast. The park supports 55,000 jobs, produces $13 billion in goods and services each year, and accounts for eight percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product. For more information, go to or call (631) 543-5355.