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N.J. needs to be more affordable to keep workforce, leaders say

If the Garden State is going to stop losing its workforce, it has to be a more affordable state to live in.  That was the message delivered by state leaders on Wednesday at Raritan Valley Community College during the first Opportunity NJ event held this year.  Opportunity NJ co-chairs Tom Bracken, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and Michele Siekerka, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, spoke at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.

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Opportunity NJ wants to make the state more affordable

Statewide coalition has grown to represent businesses with 4 million employees – half the state’s workforce – also to reduce regulatory burden, invest in infrastructure, and grow jobs.

The Somerset County Business Partnership, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and a new organization, Opportunity NJ, are on a mission to make the state more affordable for businesses and residents.  With New Jersey leading the nation in out-migration but near the bottom in economic development, Opportunity NJ blasted a rallying cry to the members of both chambers on Jan. 11 at Raritan Valley Community College in the North Branch section of Branchburg.  “We need to make New Jersey more affordable or businesses are going to take their business elsewhere,” said Michelle Siekerka, Opportunity NJ chairwoman and president-CEO of New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

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The four pillars of Opportunity NJ 

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Business Leaders Invited to “Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast” at RVCC

The Somerset County Business Partnership and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast” on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Raritan Valley Community College Atrium.  NORTH BRANCH – The Somerset County Business Partnership and Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast” on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road.

Opportunity NJ is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy coalition representing New Jersey employers, employees, businesses, trade groups, community organizations, and other interested citizens. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to advocate for and support policies that encourage job growth, affordability, and prosperity in New Jersey.

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Meet Opportunity NJ” Breakfast

The Somerset County Business Partnership, in cooperation with the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, will host the “Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast” on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch, New Jersey.  Opportunity NJ (ONJ) is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy coalition representing New Jersey employers, employees, businesses, trade groups, community organizations, and other interested citizens. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to advocate for and support policies that encourage job growth, affordability, and prosperity in New Jersey.

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Get Involved at Roundtable or on Amtrak

The new year 2017 rings in the start of many new programs for the 103-year-old Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, leaders say. The first event was soon to be underway at press time, the Jan. 12 “Meet  Opportunity NJ,” featuring Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Bracken and Siekerka are co-chairs of Opportunity NJ.  Among the earliest on the calendar is the Women in Business Roundtable on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m., bringing businesswomen together for coffee and conversation. The roundtable will be held at Universal Cabinetry Design, a chamber member, at 2500 Long Beach Blvd. in Ship Bottom, and is the first of similar monthly get-togethers.

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ONJ Co-Chairs Tom Bracken and Michele Siekerka featured on WBNJ 91.9 FM – Monday January 9, 2017.

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Media Releases & Statements

New group pushes ‘affordability agenda’ in N.J.

NJ.com July 13, 2016

 

Opportunity NJ Coalition Aims to Improve Economic Climate in New Jersey

February 24, 2016

 

Opportunity New Jersey Created to Build the State’s Economy and Create Jobs

February 19, 2016