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Lt. Gov. Guadagno Hosts Economic Roundtable in Robbinsville
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (May 6, 2016) - New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried and Investors Bank President & CEO Kevin Cummings hosted some 20 Robbinsville businesses and no-profits during an economic round table Friday.
"The Lt. Governor is one of the most approachable people I've ever met, certainly in politics, and we're extremely grateful that she's made herself so accessible here today,'' Mayor Fried said. "She really does a great job of cutting through red tape when it comes to economic development and she finds a way to gets things done for businesses big and small."
Heavy hitters such Amazon, Sharbell Development and Matrix Development staple McMaster-Carr were joined by the likes of small business success stories Dolce & Clemente's Italian Market, VC Salon and Everson's Karate, while the non profit sector was represented by Eden Autism, Legacy Treatment Services, BAPS, ONE Project and Project Freedom for the lively 90 minute session organized by Robbinsville Township Business Administrator Joy Tozzi and hosted by Investors Bank on Route 33.
Each of the invitees around the room lauded Mayor Fried and his team for its leadership and willingness to help their businesses/organizations succeed.
"What has been done here in Robbinsville, by all of you collectively in this room and by many others, is simply fabulous,'' Lt. Gov. Guadagno said. "I want to talk to real people in this world ... and they are not in Trenton. They just aren't. I also want to help find solutions to some of the issues you may be experiencing. I like to pull all the right people into a room, lock the door and no one leaves until we have a solution."
Amazon was represented by Regional Director of Operations Tim Hall, who acknowledged the impact the added holiday workforce had on towns such as Robbinsville and neighboring Allentown.
Amazon is opening three more order fulfillment centers in New Jersey over the next few years, including two in Carteret and one in Florence Township. The four warehouses in NJ will ultimately produce in excess of 8,000 full time jobs.
"We need to be kind to our neighbors,'' Mr. Hall said. "We have a plan in place for this coming holiday season and we will continue working with administration and the state."