March 30, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Holiday Inn Clinton
As 2014 progresses the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce begins to implement our strategic direction. I want to thank Ed Kurowicki our Chairman of the Board of Directors who begins his second year. Nick has served on the Board for numerous years and is concluding his two years as Chairman.
One area that continues to take focus for the Chamber is work in the area of Economic & Workforce Development. I realize that this description sometimes leads some wondering what does that mean? I think a simple way of looking at Economic & Workforce Development is the Chamber’s mission of working towards a solid economy for Hunterdon County. It is looking at what businesses we have here in the County, how can we support them and retain them. Long term it is developing effective ways that we can recruit the right businesses here in the County to build on our base.
An example over the course of the last several years is our continued work and support of the Flemington Business Improvement Districts efforts on revitalizing the County seat. The Flemington BID recently have unveiled their long term strategy and vision for some major projects in the Borough for the next 10+ years. These projects will have a positive impact on the Counties economy as they develop. I encourage you to visit the BID’s website to see the plan and encourage you to share your thoughts.
Additionally the Hunterdon County Freeholders are working on a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, CEDS. They are seeking input from the business community on this project as well. Visit: www.hunterdonceds.com at that site you will find some of the preliminary work and reports. There is an interactive component to the website where you can leave comments and suggestions. The goal of the CEDS is to ultimately prioritize what strategy that brings together private investment, business, government and other institutions focused in a direction for a solid economic future for Hunterdon County.
The Chamber’s goal is to look at developing our work, projects and initiatives that address these issues over the next several years. The key to the success of the CEDS rest within the collective ability to muster the resources to implement those strategies. But the alternative to no action is a far dimmer outlook and we as collective organization of businesses and individuals under the auspices of the Hunterdon County Chamber cannot sit on the sidelines and ignore.
With best regards,
Christopher J. Phelan
President & CEO