Long Island has slowly begun to build a much-talked-about technology economy that is capable of producing good-paying jobs to replace those lost in the defense industry, according to a report due out Tuesday.
However, the employment numbers are still tiny.
There were 195 tech startups in Nassau and Suffolk counties last year, according to the study, commissioned by Accelerate Long Island.
Together, those businesses employ about 500 people, estimated Mark Lesko, executive director of Accelerate, which seeks to increase the number of tech firms here. Since the 1980s the Island has lost more than 50,000 jobs in the defense and aerospace industry.