April 30, 2014
Unity Bank Card Club
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Unity Bank, Clinton

President`s Message

May 2014

The Voice of Business….in Action

On April 15th, fellow Chamber members who serve on our Business & Government Committee sat down with Congressman Leonard Lance and participated in a round table discussion. A wide array of issues were discussed that related to business and legislation from Washington and how they are impacting Hunterdon County. One topic that was discussed, being that it was Tax Day, was the current revisions to the tax codes that are under consideration. The discussion and comments centered on how these codes and revisions are impacting our Business Community here in Hunterdon County. Why do I share this? Because I want you to know that the Chamber each week, works hard to be your voice for business, to take positions on issues that matter. I also want you to come out and get engaged!

If there ever was a time that your input was critical, that would be now. The Freeholders of Hunterdon County are in the process of developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, "CEDS" for Hunterdon County. It will be a "blueprint" to look at the challenges the County is currently facing, as well as opportunities and projects to take on in the upcoming years with the ultimate goal of having a strong vibrant economy here in Hunterdon. This process needs to have the input of the Business Community.

If you couldn’t make the April 30th CEDS public meeting, there is still time to participate in this very important endeavor. As you cannot afford to become complacent in your own businesses, we need to collectively work towards ensuring that the future of Hunterdon County is one that is viable and prosperous. Hunterdon County is filled with so many great individuals, businesses and communities but we must work together to ensure that this future reaches its fullest potential. The Business Community is one of the key drivers to our collective economic success. That is why I ask that you take the time and share your thoughts as this plan is being developed.

For more background on the "CEDS" and to see some of the preliminary reports visit www.hunterdonceds.com; on that site you can actually make comments about the reports or give you input on ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me directly as well with your thoughts and comments. The Chamber is participating on the Executive Committee of the CEDS process and I would really welcome as much feedback as possible.

With best regards,

Christopher J. Phelan

President & CEO