BRIDGEWATER — The Somerset County Business Partnership has announced that the March Fifth Friday Friars Public Policy Luncheon will feature a discussion on the “Impact of New Jersey Sports Facilities on the Area Economy,” with Wayne Hasenbalg, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).
According to the Governor’s FY2013 Budget Summary, the NJSEA will operate statewide as the lead agency to facilitate and attract major sports and entertainment events, culminating with the 2014 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands. Hasenbalg will discuss how these changes will impact business and tourism efforts throughout the state.
The event is scheduled for Friday, March 30, at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club, 811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road in Bedminster. The business social begins at noon with the luncheon and discussion beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Prior to joining NJSEA, Hasenblag served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Governor Christie’s Office. He also served as an Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the Governor of New Jersey in the Thomas Kean administration, and as Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of New Jersey, Cary Edwards.
The NJSEA delivers the world’s best in sports and entertainment for the citizens of New Jersey and the metropolitan region, providing entertainment and economic benefits from all Authority facilities. As President & CEO of NJSEA, Hasenbalg manages activities at the Meadowlands Sports Complex consisting of the IZOD Center, the Meadowlands Racetrack and MetLife Stadium. In addition he oversees the Sports Authority businesses at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Woodbridge Off-Track Wagering, 4 NJ Bets Account Wagering, and the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Sports Authority is also coordinating the multi-billion development of the American Dream Meadowlands entertainment & retail complex.
“Wayne brings a lifetime of experience to the Sports and Exposition Authority,” stated Business Partnership Chairman Troy Fischer. “His insight will be a valuable asset to the organization in a time of necessary change to remain profitable and continue to serve as a destination for the world’s best athletes and entertainers.”
“We welcome Wayne back to Fifth Friday Friars,” noted John Maddocks, Vice President for Economic Development for the Business Partnership. “He is a long time attendee and well deserving of finally appearing behind the podium at one of our events.”
Registration for the luncheon is $75 per person before Thursday, March 29, and $100 per person thereafter. Reservations may be made online at www.scbped.org, by calling 1-908-218-4300, faxing to 1-908-722-7823, or mailing a check payable to the Business Partnership to P.O. Box 833, Somerville, NJ 08876.
The Fifth Friday Friars Luncheon continues a decades long tradition begun by Dick Williams, recently retired Somerset County Administrator, that brings together hundreds of business and community leaders for an informative and relaxing luncheon focusing on important public policy issues.
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