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County's James Watson appointed to the Main Street New Board of Advisors.

(Woodbury) Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr., Liaison to Economic Development announced today the appointment of James (Jim) Watson to the Main Street New Jersey Board of Advisors within the Department of Community Affairs. Watson is the Head of Business Development for Gloucester County's Department of Economic Development.

The Main Street New Jersey Advisory Board is responsible for providing guidance and advocacy in formulating policy and assisting with the long-term planning and administration of the Main Street New Jersey program.

Freeholder Director Sweeney said that the Main Street New Jersey program encourages and supports the revitalization of downtowns throughout the state. The program helps municipalities improve their economy, appearance and image of an important traditional central business location.

"We are proud and pleased that Jim has been selected to serve on this state board," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Being a member of this board will give him the opportunity to learn valuable techniques, information and contacts that he can use here in restoring our Main Streets as centers of community and economic activity," said Sweeney.

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr., Liaison to Economic Development said, "It is important to invest in our downtowns because they preserve valuable historical resources, create a positive community image, create new jobs and increase sales and revenues for all the businesses." Brigandi added, "The success of this program is achieved from people like James Watson who are dedicated to strengthen the economy of historical downtowns."

The Main Street New Jersey Advisory Board is made up of 19 members. 15 of those serve as a voluntary member appointed through a process determined by the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.

James Watson will be recognized as a member of the Main Street New Jersey Board of Advisors during an up coming meeting with the board in Trenton. Watsons term of office will expire on March 1, 2008.