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New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 15, 2017 Unknown
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As governments face mounting infrastructure priorities within a resource-constrained environment, leaders and practitioners have turned their attention to creative methods to meet fundamental needs. One such construct is the public-private partnership, an agreement between a private-sector entity and a government agency to collaborate on the delivery of a service or facility to the public. While examples of public-private partnerships – or P3s – exist in the United States, the model’s...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
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Anyone who even casually follows public policy recognizes New Jersey faces a significant challenge with respect to its pension system. The state ranks last in the nation in terms of funding ratio, along with several other metrics that speak to the dimension of the problem. A number of efforts over the years – notably the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission – have outlined steps to mitigate certain outcomes and to place the state on a more practical path. As New Jersey...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 19, 2017 Unknown
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The second anniversary has arrived for the New Start Career Network, the nation’s first initiative dedicated solely to returning older, long-term-unemployed citizens to the workforce. Within only two years, the New Start Career Network has served over 2,800 members, with many having found positions due to the resources, guidance and support made available to them.   Even with this success, the issue continues to pose significant challenges here in New Jersey, a state with one of the highest...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 11, 2017 Unknown
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McKinsey and Company – the world’s leading consulting firm – recently published Re-seeding the Garden State’s Economic Growth: A Vision for New Jersey.   This comprehensive analysis recognizes New Jersey’s significant assets – such as an enviable location, an educated population and strong industries – but also acknowledges systemic hindrances that have inhibited the state’s dynamism.  Beyond simply identifying areas for improvement, the report outlines a strategy with which...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 11, 2017 Unknown
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In July of 2017, the Center for Data Innovation released The Best States for Data Innovation, the annual assessment of how individual states have kept or set the pace in advancing the policies that will enable their citizens to succeed in a data-driven economy. By examining 25 indicators across the three categories of data, technology and people and companies, the Center for Data Innovation not only measures progress, but also offers recommendations drawn from the best practices on display...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 5, 2017 Unknown
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As cities, regions and states aspire to design more sustainable, equitable, prosperous and efficient communities, planners and civic leaders can cast their eyes toward Chicago, specifically GO TO 2040, the comprehensive regional plan that encompasses seven counties and 284 municipalities. Overseen by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Go to 2040 aims to enhance regional mobility, promote livable communities, elevate human capital and advance efficient governance. The initiative has...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Aug 1, 2017 Unknown
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Energy efficiency – defined simply – entails “using less energy to provide the same service.”  Such a straightforward concept poses far-reaching, demonstrable benefits for the environment, the economy and society.  Once ranked among the top-ten states in the nation with respect to energy efficiency, New Jersey has dropped to 24th in recent standings, due to high costs, poor infrastructure and the failure to manage optimally its clean-energy funds.  Several policy options remain...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jul 13, 2017 Unknown
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In 2015, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program introduced the category of advanced industries, sectors anchored by R&D and STEM activity that generate high-wage, high-growth, sustainable and inclusive employment.  When exploring initiatives with which New Jersey could invigorate its advanced-industries profile, Colorado houses a highly successful model. The state’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program backs locally incepted innovations in the pre-investment...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jun 23, 2017 Unknown
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The Paris Climate Agreement represents an historic diplomatic achievement in the global partnership to stem the climate crisis.  Approved by 195 nations in December 2015, the Paris Agreement aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit warming to well below two degrees Celsius. Recently, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a move that has drawn widespread and forceful criticism.  In response, individuals, organizations, businesses and...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jun 19, 2017 Unknown
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Investments by employers in the training of its workers have plummeted in recent years, while the need for enhanced skills has increased significantly during the same period.  This fundamental asymmetry has weakened the overall workforce, with consequences spilling throughout the economy. In a recent paper, the Aspen Institute brings to light a number of the forces driving this dynamic.  More importantly, the Aspen Institute recommends the introduction of a Worker Training Tax Credit as a...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
May 22, 2017 Unknown
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The Pew Charitable Trusts recently published the report “How States Are Improving Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth,” a nationwide assessment of a tool employed to expand jobs, generate investment and enhance competitiveness. The past few years have seen have a number of states put in place mechanisms to measure program performance, with the evidence intended shape future design. This study underscores the need for such evaluation, as well as highlights the components of successful efforts...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Mar 15, 2017 Unknown
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A powerful driver of the state and region’s economic prosperity, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently approved a $32-billion, 10-year capital plan. With a commitment to the Gateway project, significant enhancements to the region’s airports and the development of a new bus terminal – among other projects – the investment framework features initiatives that will shape the region’s competitive landscape for generations. Of course, the process by which the Port Authority...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
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In recent months, the mission of the Center for American Progress only has elevated in importance, as the organization continues to strengthen the intellectual foundation of progressive values for the nation. Under Neera Tanden’s leadership, the Center for American Progress stands as the foremost advocate for justice, opportunity and security for all families and citizens. Joining New Start New Jersey Chair and Co-Founder Tammy Murphy for this discussion is Neera Tanden, President of the...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Feb 17, 2017 Unknown
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As the state assesses its fiscal present and future, adjustments to New Jersey’s revenue structure deserve consideration. One proposal involves the elimination of the Corporation Business Tax and the implementation of a franchise tax. The proponents suggest such an alteration would result in simpler and fairer processes and outcomes for the state and the business community. Joining New Start New Jersey is national expert Richard F. Keevey, the former Budget Director and Comptroller for the...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jan 27, 2017 Unknown
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Income inequality has received increased attention internationally, nationally and in the states, with the gap between the highest earners and those further down the income scale continuing to widen rather demonstrably. According to a recent report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, in terms of income inequality, New Jersey ranks seventh in the nation when accounting for the wealthiest five percent of households and fifth when accounting for the wealthiest 20 percent of households....
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jan 20, 2017 Unknown
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Over the coming decade, according to the most recent forecast prepared by the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, the state should experience only moderate employment growth and modest increases in the Gross State Product. Of course, several variables could alter the state’s economic trajectory, in particular policy developments at both the federal and state levels. Joining New Start New Jersey is the author of the forecast, Dr. Michael Lahr, Director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 20, 2016 Unknown
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With the latest Open Enrollment Period underway for the Affordable Care Act, statistics reveal that since the policy’s arrival, the portion of nonelderly adults without insurance in New Jersey has fallen by almost 40 percent, with over 670,000 state residents having gained coverage. At the same time, a fog of uncertainty has enveloped the Affordable Care Act, due to national events. A series of decisions on the near horizon could affect directly hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens,...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 7, 2016 Unknown
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New Start New Jersey has highlighted the concerns of the long-term unemployed, as the state houses one of the highest percentages of this population in the nation. Progress has occurred in returning individuals to the workforce, thanks to organizations like the New Start Career Network and to outstanding leaders, with none better than Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. The Congresswoman sponsored the Investing in Older Americans Act and the Expanding Penalty-Free Withdrawal Act, important...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 2, 2016 Unknown
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Immigration clearly has elevated as a priority, due largely to recent national events, although the central issues have unfolded for years and decades. While the specifics of anticipated action at the federal level remain unclear at the moment, states retain the ability to promote initiatives that would strengthen existing protections while also taking important steps forward. According to certain calculations, New Jersey houses the third largest population of immigrants in the nation, which...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Nov 9, 2016 Unknown
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Recognizing the ongoing disparity in educational performance across race and income levels, ReachUp USA adopts an innovative approach impelled by the truth that positive intervention at an early stage in a child’s development delivers the highest returns. Building upon Reach Up and Learn – a model developed more than 25 years ago at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica – ReachUp provides weekly home visits by trained community health workers to bolster parenting techniques and to...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Nov 4, 2016 Unknown
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With the movement toward an increase in the minimum wage to $15 receiving elevated attention, The Century Foundation recently published the report “The Impact of $15 Minimum Wage on Hunger in America,” which explores how a proposed upward adjustment in wages would influence the persistent policy challenge of food insecurity. As author William M. Rodgers notes, approximately 14 percent of the citizens in the nation suffer from food insecurity at present, a significantly higher portion of the...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Nov 4, 2016 Unknown
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Based in Seattle and comprised of senior executives from the private sector in Washington state, the Washington Roundtable aims to effect positive change in public policy toward the goal of enhancing economic vitality and expanding opportunity. In 2011, the Washington Roundtable introduced Benchmarks for a Better Washington, a tool designed to capture the state’s national performance in the areas of innovation, education, transportation and business climate. Using independent data,...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 28, 2016 Unknown
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With the cost of higher education receiving heightened attention across the nation, the College Affordability Diagnosis provides a state-by-state overview of the expenses shouldered by individuals and families in the pursuit of further training, development and edification.        Beyond the presentation of comparative data, the College Affordability Diagnosis examines attendant antecedents and outcomes, while offering policy prescriptions designed to keep the option of post-secondary...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 20, 2016 Unknown
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One year ago, the New Start Career Network launched to address one of the more intractable and insidious problems facing New Jersey: long-term unemployment for older workers. New Jersey houses one of the highest percentages of long-term-unemployed individuals in the nation, the impact of which negatively influences our economy and our families. Thanks to the leadership of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, within only one year, the New Start Career...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Oct 12, 2016 Unknown
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New Jersey possesses a rich history with respect to manufacturing, dating back to 1791 and the founding of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, a unique quasi-governmental body launched by Alexander Hamilton to cultivate the industry along the Passaic River. In recent years, the federal government and a number of states have recognized the significant role played by manufacturing in the innovation economy, enacting initiatives to rejuvenate the sector’s mechanics, techniques and...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Sep 21, 2016 Unknown
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In its own words, the Roosevelt Institute subscribes to the philosophy that until economic and social rules work for all, they are not working. Building upon the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute brings together leading minds across generations to explore and refine policies aimed at generating inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity. Notably, in 2015, the Roosevelt Institute published Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy, a comprehensive agenda developed to...
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Sep 9, 2016 Unknown
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Founded in 1981, Isles is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton.  With the overarching goal to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, Isles designs and develops effective services that support this mission, services aimed at revitalizing communities, training adults and youth, building wealth and promoting healthy living. Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of Isles and an examination of the challenges the organization...
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Sep 9, 2016 Unknown
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Small businesses comprise an indisputably significant segment of the state’s economy.  New Jersey houses over 820,000 small businesses, which employ 1.7 million people and account for over 50 percent of our workforce. From creating jobs to fostering innovation to generating exports, small businesses drive considerable activity.  As such, policies aimed at further harnessing the potential of small businesses in New Jersey recommend themselves as priorities. Joining New Start New Jersey for a...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Aug 22, 2016 Unknown
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Stevens Institute of Technology stands as one of New Jersey’s most valuable resources, especially as the conversation focuses increasingly on how the state will enhance its natural advantages in the innovation economy. New Jersey’s higher education institutions remain an essential component in the value proposition to businesses and individuals as to why investment in the state should deepen. Policies directed toward strengthening our universities, availing students of opportunities and...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Aug 19, 2016 Unknown
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The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is an urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents. Since its inception, the Institute has devoted itself to an agenda aimed combating poverty with opportunity and overcoming barriers with innovation. The Institute’s work continues to focus on generating economic mobility through models that leverage the strength of the public and private sectors. Joining New Start New Jersey for a...
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Aug 9, 2016 Unknown
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey serves as a powerful and unique engine for regional mobility and economic growth. The agency operates the largest airport network in the world, oversees the largest seaport on the East Coast and manages several other essential assets, including the PATH system and the George Washington Bridge. As recent circumstances have thrust the Port Authority into a period of evaluation and transition, how an entity that historically shaped the regional...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Aug 1, 2016 Unknown
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A workforce-development practice prominently and effectively deployed in international settings, apprenticeship has generated heightened interest in the United States as of late. President Barack Obama has sought to double the number of apprentices within five years, while New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has sponsor the LEAP Act, which would deliver a federal tax credit to employers who hire apprentices. These efforts seek to fortify weaknesses undermining both the supply and demand sides of the...
In 2012, the United Way of Northern New Jersey released its first statewide ALICE report, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The individuals known as ALICE live and work in our communities, yet do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. What ALICE tells us about New Jersey is bracing: Despite being one of the wealthiest states in the nation, nearly 40 percent of our population struggles to provide food, housing, child care, transportation and health care, even...
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Jun 27, 2016 Unknown
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Coworking represents a burgeoning model in an evolving economy. As a portion of the workforce transitions from traditional employer-employee engagement to more fluid, independent and entrepreneurial contributions, the elements of space and design have adapted accordingly. Coworking facilities have responded to shifting dynamics, providing a shared environment in which professionals can work autonomously and cooperatively. With freelancers, technologists, coders and members of the creative class...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 17, 2015 Unknown
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As the calendar year draws to a close, thoughts often turn to those unfortunately burdened by ongoing economic and social challenges. From the United Way’s ALICE project to Legal Services of New Jersey’s recent report, ample evidence exists of how too many in the state struggle with essentials like food and shelter. According to one calculation, as many as two million of our fellow residents live in some degree of poverty. As one of the wealthiest states in the nation, New Jersey should not...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Nov 19, 2015 Unknown
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With the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act having recently opened, we look back to June of 2015, when the Supreme Court of the United States issued a six-to-three decision in the matter of King vs. Burwell. Most significantly, that ruling ensured the continuation of tax-credit subsidies for New Jersey’s residents, enabling thousands of citizens to retain their coverage. Statistics indicate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has decreased the number of New Jersey’...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Nov 10, 2015 Unknown
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As New Start New Jersey celebrates Veterans Day and recognizes the men and women who sacrificed to secure our freedom, we see the convergence of challenges faced by veterans and the plight of the long-term unemployed. New Jersey has one of the highest percentages of long-term-unemployed citizens in the nation, while historically registering one of the highest rates of unemployment among veterans. Fortunately, several entities are delivering outstanding services to help our veterans get back to...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Sep 14, 2015 Unknown
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When President John Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, he referred to the law as a “first step” and acknowledged that “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity.” Over five decades later, progress toward gender pay equity has occurred, although not to a satisfactory degree. The median earnings of women working full-time, year-round total only 78 percent of men’s median compensation. New Jersey ranks 19th among the states in terms of the wage gap,...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jul 21, 2015 Unknown
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“The economy needs to work for everyone or it doesn’t work very well.” – David Madland, Hollowed Out In his recently published book Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work Without a Strong Middle Class, David Madland outlines how a severely weakened middle class and extreme inequality have eroded trust, compromised governance, stunted demand and stifled human capital development, all to the detriment of the economy and society. Madland, the Managing Director of Economic Policy and...
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Jul 1, 2015 Unknown
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Value-Based Insurance Design is a model enacted by several states and localities to improve the health of their populations, while at the same time lowering costs. The practice is predicated on the notion that consumers’ out-of-pocket medical expenses should be based on the value of the service they receive, rather than the price. Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of how Value-Based Insurance Design could help our state is Dr. Mark Fendrick, the Founder and Director of the Center...
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The fiscal health of our state directly influences the daily existence and long-term prospects of our citizens. This is a principle espoused by Paul Volcker, one of the world’s most respected leaders in finance and government. The organization that bears his name – The Volcker Alliance – recently released Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting, a report that explores potentially harmful fiscal practices and outlines recommended adjustments. The document focuses in detail on three states:...
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May 27, 2015 Unknown
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Unlike 28 other states, New Jersey does not provide a Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, a policy to assist working families with costs incurred tending to the needs of a child or incapacitated adult.  In the report with the Center for American Progress, New Start New Jersey has recommended the state implement a Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit that would be tied to a percentage of the federal benefit and would be refundable. Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of the Child and...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Mar 9, 2015 Unknown
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New Jersey has implemented one of the most successful early childhood education programs in the nation, providing high-quality, full-day preschool to all three- and four-year-olds in designated districts. Several states – Texas, Washington, Alabama and Michigan – as well as the federal government, have weighed similar initiatives, citing New Jersey as a model. As New Jersey looks to continue its documented success, the state also has the opportunity to examine extending the benefits of...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Feb 20, 2015 Unknown
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The United States is the only one of 22 nations that ranks highly in terms of economic and human development not to guarantee earned sick leave. Across the country, nearly 40 percent of private-sector workers do not enjoy the benefit, with an estimated one million people in New Jersey lacking earned sick leave, exposing individuals, families and business to such negative potentialities as poor health, the spread of illness, decreased productivity and elevated attrition. In response,...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Jan 8, 2015 Unknown
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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a voluntary, market-based, cooperative effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, has generated since its inception $1.9 billion in cumulative proceeds, which the nine participating states invest in clean energy, energy efficiency, consumer assistance and other programs. Once a RGGI member, New Jersey withdrew in 2011, although leaders in the state have worked to forestall the exit, citing lost economic and environmental opportunities. Joining NSNJ...
New Start New Jersey Podcast
Dec 2, 2014 Unknown
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States have experienced a decrease in venture-capital activity in the years during and following the recession, a troubling pattern, especially in light of the role venture capital plays in creating jobs. New Jersey, in particular, has suffered steep declines, with investments and the number of deals reaching their lowest levels since the mid-1990s. In response to the downward national trend, Maryland and – following its lead – Pennsylvania each launched innovative insurance tax-credit...
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Sep 17, 2014 Unknown
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With the promotion of a revitalized export economy viewed as an effective policy to help engineer a durable, job-generating recovery, New Start New Jersey has examined national trends related to exports, looked at a best-practice model in the Greater Portland Export Initiative and explored steps our state might consider taking in this direction. Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion are Derrick Olsen, Vice President of Regional Strategy and Promotion for Greater Portland Inc., and...
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Sep 17, 2014 Unknown
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In an effort to improve degree attainment and capture the accompanying economic and social benefits, three states – Tennessee, Oregon and Mississippi – recently promoted the provision of free community college to high-school graduates.New Start New Jersey has explored both the projected advantages and criticism of the policy, while asking if our state should consider the proposal. Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion is Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, President of the New Jersey Council...