Support is growing for Cumberland County's economic development plan
Cumberland County's long-term plan to create a better educated and trained workforce is apparently gaining support from businesses and organizations in the county. Those attending the Annual State of the County & Business Expo on Tuesday said the plan is needed to fix the county's worst-in-the-state economy. That includes Tony Stanzione, the executive director or the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce. Stanzione said he was skeptical about relocating the county's technical education center and workforce development offices to the CCC campus. Now, Stanzione said, he's fully behind the decision.Gerard Velazquez, executive director of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, which is helping to lead the county's economic development plan, said he understands why some people had second thoughts about the proposal. The plan and its building component were very ambitious, he said. "I think things have changed as people have seen the construction," he said.