Kelly Murphy is now CEO of Suffolk IDA


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Kelly Murphy is now the executive director and CEO of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.

Murphy has worked at the Suffolk IDA for more than nine years, most recently serving as acting executive director following the retirement of Anthony Catapano in June of 2023. Her appointment to lead the agency was unanimsouly approved by the IDA’s board of trustees last week.

Murphy joined the IDA as deputy executive director in 2015. Since then, she has worked to close 107 transactions totaling more than $1.4 billion in private capital investment. She helped establish or retain approximately 7,300 jobs with combined annual salaries of around $1.6 billion.

Murphy has spearheaded several strategic initiatives throughout her 17-year public sector career. This includes key stakeholder relationships within government, business and local communities. As the project lead for the Suffolk County IDA’s regional planning efforts, she has helped to spur additional investments in and around the county’s downtowns and commuter areas. Throughout the last 10 years, Murphy has helped lead 13 SCIDA studies with various municipalities to boost transit-related development; diverse housing opportunities; and safer, pedestrian-oriented environments and downtowns, as well as additional studies.

The agency’s place-based economic development has created more than $129.5 million infrastructure investments, 31 land use and planning actions, $5.9 million in real estate developments, and economic benefits throughout Suffolk County.

Prior to her IDA appointment, Murphy served as assistant to the Suffolk County deputy county executive and commissioner of economic development and planning. She had previously served the City of Glen Cove as executive director of the County Development Agency, and the IDA. During her tenure, she brought her earlier experience as director of the city’s land use comprehensive plan to manage the 214-acre, $1 billion Garvies Point mixed-use redevelopment project. With the City of Glen Cove designated as one of the original 16 Brownfield Showcase communities, it strategically obtained more than $100 million in public and private investments. This led to the transformation of the waterfront community that is designed to serve as an area of economic, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities and upgrades.

As a board member of the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, Murphy also serves on the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s workforce and education committee. She is on the board of the HIA-LI, and has served on the board of directors of Suffolk County’s land bank, and Long Island manufacturer’s task force.

Murphy is a graduate of Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership, Class of 2016.


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