Contact: Susan Preston/Kaylyn Dines
March 20th Summit To Focus on Newark's
Growth Over the Next Decade
Sponsored by The Council for Higher Education in Newark
Newark's re-emergence as one of the nation's premier cities for
innovative business development will be the focus of presentations
to top business and community leaders when they convene on Thursday,
March 20, for an economic summit on the largest city in New Jersey.
The second annual Summit on the Development of University/Business
Partnerships will take place from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on the Newark
campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ). The event is sponsored by the Council on Higher Education
in Newark (CHEN), the City of Newark, the Regional Business Partnership,
the Regional Plan Association, and the Newark Alliance. The CHEN
institutions are UMDNJ, Rutgers/Newark, the New Jersey Institute
of Technology, and Essex County College.
Built on the theme of "Destination Newark 2013: A Regional Anchor,"
the conferees will look at how Newark's rapidly expanding vitality
in many sectors is positioning the city as a major regional business
hub in the Northeast corridor and especially the tri-state area.
Speakers will build on the findings of the last summit, which
concluded that Newark's economic resurgence is a result of strong
public/private partnerships in sectors such as technology development,
housing, and higher education.
Dr. Stuart Cook, UMDNJ president will deliver welcoming remarks,
followed by Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, Essex County College president,
who will present an overview of CHEN. Also speaking will be Mayor
Sharpe James, Newark Alliance President Dr. John Petillo, Dr.
Robert Altenkirch, NJIT president, and Dr. Steven Diner, Rutgers/Newark
provost. Panelists and their topics are:
- George Zoffinger; NJ Sports and Exposition Authority president,
- Dennis Bone; Verizon-NJ president, workforce development
- Former Governor James Florio; CEO of XPAND Corp, regional
- Arthur Stern, principal, Coswell Realty Group, commerce
- George Warrington, NJ Transit executive director, transportation
- Maria Vizcarrondo DeSoto, United Way of West Essex/Hudson
WHAT: Second Annual Summit on the Development of University/Business
WHEN: Thursday, March 20, from 7:30-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Medical Science
Building, Room B-610,185 South Orange Avenue, Newark