OLD BRIDGE – More than 100 local business owners, managers and developers met with Mayor Owen Henry to discuss issues and provide feedback about their establishments during a Breakfast with the Mayor.
The event, sponsored by the Old Bridge Business Alliance at the Arlington Group on Sept. 26, included speakers William DiStanislao, executive site director and VP Operations from Raritan Bay Medical Center at Old Bridge; Rick Heilmann from Arlington Group Real Estate; Kevin Kurdziel, Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development, and David Hernandez, publisher of All Around Old Bridge newsletter.
Steve Mamakas, executive officer of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, addressed the group, noting “the progress that we have made utilizing various marketing programs such as the digital billboards on Route 9, the THINK OLD BRIDGE cards and the implementation of the Uber Safe Ride Program are benefits not only for our local businesses but to the residents as well. These projects succeed because Mayor Henry provides the latitude for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to be innovative and create ways to drive smart growth. It has proven to be a formula for success.”
“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with so many of our local businesses to learn about their successes and concerns and determine ways we can help businesses grow and thrive,” said Henry.
During the meeting, DiStanislao shared the vision and plans for Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, which includes a $39-million emergency room expansion project.
Additionally, Kurdziel spoke about the county’s workforce, noting the unemployment rate is the fifth lowest in the state, but recognizing that more than 13,000 residents are looking for work. He also estimated that 47 percent of the county’s current workforce is projected to retire over the next few years, which will open up many new employment opportunities. He discussed how the county offers free training opportunities for residents; additional information can be found at www.middlesexcountynj.gov.