Knowledge and Noshes Down the Shore
Over 70 economic development enthusiasts turned out to McLoone’s Supper Club & Asbury Park Grill on the clear, sunny afternoon of June 17, 2014 to hear from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Tom Gilmour, the Director of Economic Development for Asbury Park. EDANJ’s Summer Soiree spotlighted the redevelopment that has occurred on the west side of Asbury Park and in the Cookman Avenue corridor , both of which enhance the better-known work in the Boardwalk area. Lt. Governor Guadagno, who joined the group assembled at McLoone’s straight from the Special Olympics in Mercer County (subject of EDANJ’s most recent breakfast seminar), trumpeted the administration’s commitment to economic growth. In an energetic presentation that matches the Lt. Governor’s efforts to improve New Jersey's economic vitality, she discussed ways to encourage job growth, streamline government, and make business feel welcome again in our Garden State, but she also acknowledged that unemployment remains too high.
The Summer Soiree was a joint program of EDANJ and the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA). The event is the second of EDANJ’s economic development networking gatherings that will be held all over NJ. October in Bergen County is next up!
The lively afternoon kicked off with the welcome from EDANJ President Mike Sylvester (of Betts Companies) and was made possible by major event sponsors PS&S; Sokol, Behot & Fiorenzo; as well as Omland Engineering Associates LLC, and NJ Natural Gas. Doug Twyman, EDANJ Treasurer (of Jones Lang LaSalle) and Neil Yoskin, Esq., EDANJ Board Member (of Sokol, Behot & Fiorenzo) were instrumental in planning the successful event. Leah Yasenchak, Board Member of both EDANJ and NEDA (of Brownfield Redevelopment solutions, Inc.) represented NEDA.
The event was attended by Monmouth County’s Economic Development Office; Councilman Major of Woodbridge Township; Union County workforce development professionals; other New Jersey State government officials; real estate developers, brokers and agents; utility professionals; engineers, planners, scientists and surveyors; health care professionals; attorneys; web designers; college students; and bankers and financial advisors. If you are an economic development professional or redevelopment enthusiast, these are the people with whom you want to spend your networking time.
Joseph DiLorenzo, Senior Scientist at Najarian Associates received a no-cost membership in EDANJ and Noeman Ahmed, VP for Business Development at Webtye won the free NEDA membership. EDANJ also welcomes its newest members, Jennifer Tanner of CSX Transportation, and Angela Centanni of Tandus-Centiva. Special membership incentives were offered to attendees and are available as a summer special if you contact EDANJ before July 15, 2014.