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First Tri-County Economic Development Summit Slated for November 1 The Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County Boards of Freeholders have combined their Economic Development Efforts to Present a Coordinated Approach to Marketing the Region

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – For the first time the Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County Boards of Freeholders will combine forces to present a unified front to promote the region to the business community, decision makers and other economic figures at the new Tri-County Economic Development Summit on November 1, 2006 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Previous to this combined event, both Gloucester and Camden Counties had annually held their own individual events to highlight to developers opportunities in their respective counties and forecast upcoming projects.  
“Freeholder Director Cappelli and Wujcik and I happened to meet at an event and we had the opportunity to discuss the need for a more coordinated effort to market the South Jersey region,” Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said.  “We felt this event was the perfect first step.”
“The economic success of our communities is directly dependent upon the entire region, not just a single county,” Sweeney stated.  “When an industry moves into my county they don’t only hire Gloucester County residents, and when a business opens its doors in Camden or Burlington Counties, it isn’t only their residents and economies that benefit.  We need to take a more regional approach to marketing our resources, our location and our skill workforce to business and industry,” said Director Sweeney.

Tri-County Economic Development Summit

Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli said, “I have always envisioned Economic Development as a top priority for the residents of New Jersey.  We are now coming together as elected officials so that we can collectively bring in new businesses and jobs as well as retain existing companies to the region.”

The featured speaker at the Tri-County Summit is Gary D. Rose, Director of the New Jersey Office of Economic Growth.  Mr. Rose, a retired investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. who was appointed by Gov. Corzine to his cabinet in March will discuss the state’s newly unveiled plan for economic growth released earlier this month. 

The Tri-County Summit will also include presentations from each county highlighting hot projects, and a conference and networking session where attendees can visit over 50 exhibits.  Awards will also be presented to businesses or agencies who have displayed excellence in improving the quality of life for residents in South Jersey through economic or workforce projects.

“We have three counties who will highlight opportunities from a regional perspective in over 100 municipalities at this event,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Wujcik.

“Business leaders and decision makers can come to this event and learn how we are tearing down the barriers across our region by bringing together all the resources businesses needs to succeed.  It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with economic development professionals from all three counties and explore the opportunities that exist in our region,” Wujcik said.

The presenting sponsor of the event is South Jersey Industries.  “We are pleased to serve as the lead sponsor of this gathering of individuals who are key to our region’s economic health,” said Edward J. Graham, Chairman, President and CEO of South Jersey Industries.”  “SJI and our subsidiary companies are committed to meeting our region’s growing energy needs and providing strategies for managing these needs responsibly and efficiently.”

To register for the Tri-County Summit go to www.tricountysummit.com or by calling the Tri-County Summit hotline at 1-800-252-0787.