Regional Chamber Of Commerce To Host Mayors Economic Development Forum

NEW BRUNSWICK—Mayors from five Middlesex County municipalities will convene next week to examine the economic vitality of the region, as well as to showcase their towns’ economic development efforts.

The meeting, part of the Meet the Mayors series facilitated by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will take place Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Visitors Center at 100 Sutphen Road in Piscataway.

The goal of the forum is to identify successful economic development policy approaches in each of the six towns represented, as well as how they contribute to Central Jersey’s economic lifeblood, according to Chamber Executive Director Alex Hollywood.

“Greater Middlesex County plays a crucial role in our state’s economic health,” Hollywood said.

“Our local economies depend on the health of our retail, industrial, corporate and health care partners. Examining these economies from a regional standpoint will only advance Middlesex County’s role as an economic powerhouse,” she added.

Mayors scheduled to present at the Meet the Mayors forum are: Robert J. Seader of Dunellen; Antonia Ricigliano of Edison; Gary Minkoff of Highland Park, Thomas Valhalla of Metuchen and Brian Wahler of Piscataway.

“These towns all have varying demographics, average income, and real estate values, and each is working to attract business that meet their communities’ needs,” Hollywood said.

“What are the policies they’re putting into place? We want to walk away from this forum with economic development insight that other towns can build on,” she added.

This is the third installment of the Chamber’s ongoing Meet the Mayors series. In May, following the series’ second installment that featured mayors from Carteret, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Woodbridge and Plainfield, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac emphasized the importance of focusing on economic development as a region:

“It’s a team effort and everyone helps us move forward, and that philosophy is shared by our neighbors,” he said.

This event is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, PSEG, NAI DiLeo-Bram & Co., Verizon and Affinity. Nonmember price to this event is $30 and member price is $20. For more information or to register, go to

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