“Improving New Jersey’s Infrastructure” Focus Of Policy Summit

“Improving New Jersey’s Infrastructure” Focus Of Policy Summit


“Improving New Jersey’s Infrastructure” Focus Of Policy Summit
New Leaders Council New Jersey hosts Event In New Brunswick On February 6th


New Brunswick, NJ – On Saturday, February 6 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM the New Jersey Chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC-New Jersey), a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow, will be holding its 2nd Annual Policy Summit, this time on the topic of Improving New Jersey’s Infrastructure.”  The event will be held at the Rutgers University Student Activities Center.

With state experts and thought-leaders in infrastructure development and management in attendance, there will be a lively discussion on the topic. Keynote speaker Jamie Fox, former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner, will be joined by Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Upendra Chivukula, and Sergio Alonso Fernandez de Cordova of the SDG-FUND at the United Nations. to help New Jersey’s leaders – of today and tomorrow – understand this critical issue facing our state. Assemblyman John Wisniewski has been invited to participate.

“At the New Leaders Council we aim to help our fellows and stakeholders learn skills that enable them to fight for progress in public policy, business, and social welfare,” said Justin Braz, Executive Director of NLC-New Jersey.  “New Jersey’s infrastructure is a pressing issue in the state, and we have brought together a prominent group of panelists and speakers from across the state to discuss the transportation and energy infrastructure in the state, and potential solutions on how to improve and maintain our infrastructure for the foreseeable future.”


Few can argue that New Jersey’s infrastructure is in need of improvement and investment and that the challenges to address this issue are many. New Jersey is densely populated and bears the burden of maintaining one of the oldest public infrastructures in county. One in ten of the state’s bridges are considered structurally deficient as reported by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the rail tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York and our region with the rest of the Northeast Corridor are over 100 years old and the state is more or less broke. These issues are real. They affect all New Jerseyans. The business community and consumers suffer when goods and services are delayed, quality of life deteriorates when commuters are stuck in traffic and our fragile, aging infrastructure is at the mercy of Mother Nature when disaster strikes.

“Infrastructure is an issue dominating headlines in states around the country,” said Braz. “From the transportation trust fund and the gateway tunnel to clean energy power from wind turbines on the shore and solar power. These are issues that impact everyone in the state.” 

Topics for the conference include: New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure, technological advances in energy infrastructure, and public-private partnerships in the field. 

Additional speakers include New Jersey State Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Robert Briant, CEO of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association, Courtenay Mercer, New Jersey Director of the Regional Plan Association, Joseph McNamara, Director of the Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, Leslie Barkemeyer, Deputy General Counsel at Sol Systems, and Mike Smart, Assistant Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 

The summit will be held on February 6 from 1 PM – 5 PM, and will take place at the Rutgers University Student Activities Center located at 613 George Street in New Brunswick, NJ.

For more information: http://nj.newleaderscouncil.org/infrastructure_policy_summit

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