Keeping New Jersey’s incentive programs, standardizing local land use laws and creating cites more cites available to industry development top the list of policy recommendations of the commercial real estate industry.

Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition Details Public Policy Agenda at NAIOP NJ Program More than a dozen commercial real estate industry leaders detailed public policy recommendations for 2018 at a special gubernatorial transition program hosted by NAIOP NJ, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The program was planned to identify top priorities for incoming Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration. The event at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott followed months of collaboration by the more than 50 industry professionals who make up the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition.

Penn, Virtua Bringing Proton Therapy to South Jersey Penn Medicine, in partnership with Virtua, announced plans to build a new proton facility on the campus of Virtua’s acute care hospital, Virtua Voorhees. The new $35 million center, which will allow cancer patients to undergo cutting edge proton therapy in single-room treatments, is expected to be completed by 2020. It will be the first and only proton therapy center in South Jersey.

A New Way to Control Healthcare Costs Big data is nothing new. We see it every day when we check our GPS app for a place to eat, when an ad for the product we were just looking for pops up on a website we’re viewing, or when our bank contacts us about a suspicious purchase using our debit card. But big data has been slow to make its way into the healthcare industry, and that’s unfortunate because it has tremendous potential to control or even reduce healthcare costs.

Life Lessons from Women in STEM: Balance and Beyond Supporting the growth of women in science, technology, engineering and math is as mission-critical to BioNJ as ever, Debbie Hart said. However, it is not always easy. “We’ve been paying more attention to this issue over the last couple of years, and, as we build out our programs, we always want to make sure we (include) women,” said Hart, CEO and president of the 400-plus member organization and advocate for the state’s biotechnology industry. “I am sorry to say that, sometimes, it is difficult to find women in various roles at certain levels in the industry.

Useful NJ Stats: R&D Expenditures at Colleges and Universities, by State Last week, The Digest covered newly released data from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science Education Statistics, which found that for the first time in five years, federal funding for higher education research and development increased in both current and constant dollars. For the country as a whole, higher education R&D expenditures increased by roughly 10 percent from FY 2011 to FY 2016, while gross domestic product increased by nearly twice as much. This article examines state-by-state trends in R&D activity at colleges at universities.

New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force Holds Inaugural Meeting The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) hosted the inaugural meeting of the New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force at its Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) on the Technology Centre of New Jersey campus in North Brunswick. In recognition of the vital role the biotechnology industry serves in support of the state’s economy, the Task Force was established pursuant to P.L. 2016, Joint Resolution No. 5, to develop policy recommendations to retain and attract new biotechnology companies to New Jersey.

NJBIA: Annual Business Outlook Survey Shows Renewed Optimism  The results of NJBIA’s 59th Annual Business Outlook show members are forecasting a positive 2018, including rising sales, profits, hiring and wages. Yet, their optimism remains tempered by ongoing concerns about the state’s challenges and the reforms needed to make New Jersey more affordable and competitive.

US IT Sector Employment Expands by 8,100 Jobs in November New hiring in computer and electronics manufacturing and technology services and custom software development sparked November job growth for the US information technology (IT) sector, according to CompTIA, the leading technology industry association. IT sector employment grew by an estimated 8,100 jobs last month, CompTIA’s analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” report reveals. Meanwhile, IT occupations in other industries grew by an estimated 243,000 jobs in November, the largest monthly job gain since 2015.