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Focus NJ: The Center for Economic Research & Workforce Solutions has received a $1,000 grant from the Investors Foundation to help fund the nonprofit’s research on public policies, industry trends, and economic indicators that affect New Jersey’s affordability, workforce and competitiveness.

“The economic and workforce disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more important than ever to conduct quality research on how to best prepare New Jersey’s workforce for the skillsets and jobs of the future,” said Focus NJ Executive Director Nicole Sandelier. “Focus NJ is grateful for the Investors Foundation’s support of our mission.”

Focus NJ conducts research into the industry trends, challenges and opportunities that will impact jobs in the decades ahead to ensure that New Jersey’s leaders in business, academia, and government all have the most current industry data and projections. It recently completed a yearlong Industry Series Study with reports detailing the changing dynamics, opportunities, and threats to seven different key industries and made recommendations on how to better prepare New Jersey’s workforce pipeline.

In the coming weeks, Focus NJ will be releasing a new report, “The Education Equation Part 2: Strategies to Reskill, Reshape & Rehire NJ’s Workforce,” featuring 18 recommendations for expanding business, academic and government partnerships; training for current and future jobs; and ensuring more equitable access to education and workforce development opportunities for all New Jersey residents.


About Focus NJ

Focus NJ – the Center for Economic Research and Workforce Solutions – is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research foundation launched by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association in February 2020.  It provides deep analysis of public policies, industry trends and economic indicators that impact New Jersey’s overall affordability, workforce and competitiveness.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its neighbors and communities across the bank’s footprint.