Michael Watt, aka “Mr. Long Island,” endeavors to ensure his native Long Island’s vitality by advocating for the small businesses that comprise the region’s economic backbone and the Young Professionals who represent its future.

His efforts on behalf of Long Island include co-founding 516 Magazine, which highlighted Long Island’s entertainment, recreation and leisure opportunities; launching LongIsland.com, a regional search engine, and running the Long Island Partnership, an umbrella organization representing Long Island’s dozens of economic develop agencies.

By tapping into his writing, public relations and marketing skills he has created an extensive network of public and private sectors connections. He welcomes the opportunity to put those connections – and lessons learned over the years – to work for others. He can be reached at 631-678-6193 or michaelwatt@longislandinc.com.

Why 20- and 30-somethings? When it comes to establishing roots, young Long Islanders face challenges far greater than previous generations. That’s the bad news. The good news is, ever since 2013 – when Mr. Long Island founded an association for Long Island’s Young Professionals called The LIincs Organization – he has encountered hundreds of Long Islanders with the entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic, fortitude and chutzpah required to thrive here. All they want and need is some guidance. They’re willing to put in the time and effort because they know Long Island offers rewards no other part of the country can match. With that in mind, AMLI also will highlight the myriad reasons why Long Island is such a special place to live.

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