Gentiva Health Services moving headquarters to Atlanta

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Long Island will lose another corporate headquarters when Melville-based Gentiva Health Services Inc. Read more
Leave LI

Mastic, NY

#1 Feb 20, 2009
And this is a surprise to who? All businesses must take a hard look at the bottom line at the cost of doing business here.
Moe Syzlak

Bergenfield, NJ

#2 Feb 20, 2009
That's alright, government will just raise our taxes...

When are Levy and Suozzi, and all the other lackeys, going to realize that they're not making it competitive enough to attract and retain corporations...this will soon be an island of civil service workers and migrants.
Homer Simpson

San Francisco, CA

#3 Feb 20, 2009
Ouch Moe. But a possible possibility of the future.

Every other Metro is offering practically everything but a free ride to new corporate offices and professional population to moving/expanding to their region:

Here we say "If you cant afford it, you shouldnt be here" and guess who moves in? The ones who can least afford it or who have gov't jobs.

Maybe the 'gentry' civic groups on the Island, GC's especially, ought to build the HUB up - A LOT.

Cause once the middle class goes poor or flights out, and the rich are few and on the north and east ends, and there's no real business environment who's going to pay the 7.1 billion dollars it costs to run the 2 counties? Pennies from Heaven?
Exodus

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Feb 21, 2009
Its already started. Leaving behind the massive taxes and overpriced McMansions, LI'ers are going south. The McMansions of Atlanta are going very cheap these days. 150K can buy you a 5 or 6 bedroom 3500 sq house in the outlying areas of Atlanta....
Shlomo McGillicuddy

Cos Cob, CT

#5 Feb 21, 2009
Exodus wrote:
Its already started. Leaving behind the massive taxes and overpriced McMansions, LI'ers are going south. The McMansions of Atlanta are going very cheap these days. 150K can buy you a 5 or 6 bedroom 3500 sq house in the outlying areas of Atlanta....
It's becoming the new Charlotte. Charlotte, NC is about to CRASH and CRASH bigtime because of the fact that 6 out of every 10 jobs down there is tied to banking. Real estate analsyts are estimating that the greater Charlotte area will see upwards of a 45% price decline over the next 12 months. Do not buy in or around the Charlotte area until at least another 18-24 months. By that time houses will be had for around 40% of their current prices. However, there will not be any jobs down there.
ttt

Huntington, NY

#6 Feb 21, 2009
This problem will happen everywhere. There are no jobs in a lot of the country. Not just long island.

Heck everybody complains about crime on long island but a lot of palces down south have high crime also.

Most of the problems Long Island has most other states have also.
Homer Simpson

San Francisco, CA

#7 Feb 21, 2009
which is why municipalities need to be in a Dog-eat-Dog mentallity to keep any shred of income they can get. Nassau/Suffolk should be begging these companies to stay, b/c no one will be filling the gaps that have been growing since Grumman bailed.

Now is the time for innovative economic reponses to these problems, not the stagnancy of familiarity.

But go tell that to TONH,TOH,TOBAY

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