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Talent Enables Mid-Market Companies to Capitalize on Technology
Amid the tightest labor market in years, private and mid-market companies are placing a premium on talent as being a critical factor in technology deployment, according to a new Deloitte report, “Technology in the mid-market: Embracing technology.” Focusing on talent as a strategic differentiator can help private enterprises increase productivity, enhance customer engagement, and develop entire new lines of business. In its sixth annual report, Deloitte Private explores the technology trends that drive mid-market and private companies in the U.S. economy.

Manufacturing, STEM, Logistics Are Keys to Growing Our Economy
According to John Kennedy, CEO, the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, “I am a ‘Jersey Boy.’ I was born and bred here and still live in same town, Madison, that I grew up in. I’m proud of my home state. I am not one for the self-bashing many of our fellow citizens fall back on way too much. I am an hour from the Shore, the mountains, New York City, Philadelphia and it’s a couple more to Washington, D.C. No other state has it better. And our rankings in areas such as public education, home value and per capita income are all positive, as well.”

NJBIA Hires Tony Bawidamann as Vice President, Government Affairs
Tony Bawidamann, a seasoned expert in government and regulatory affairs and advocacy, has been named Vice President, Government Affairs for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, effective Sept. 4, NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka announced Thursday. Since 2011, Bawidamann has served as Director of Government Affairs and Alliance at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), developing and implementing federal and state government affairs campaigns for the global pharmaceutical company. He also has directed and managed government and regulatory programs for large companies such as McDonald’s, Verizon, LS Power, Lennar Homes and Hudson News.

AT&T Technology & Innovation Center Is Salute to Past and Look to Vuture
When they opened the AT&T Technology & Innovation Center earlier this week in Middletown, company officials said the museum was more than two years in the making. In reality, it may have been more than two generations. One of the exhibits at the center focused on switching. From the telegraph to the future rollout of mobile 5G and all the industry-disrupting innovations in between, AT&T has long been a leader of technological innovation in the state (and the country). Company officials said the museum is an effort to display, promote, educate and share what it has learned over the years.

US EDA Invests in Cape May Airport Building
Cape May County has been awarded a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Tuesday. The grant, which is expected to yield 130 jobs and a further $1.9 million in private investment, will assist with the building of a 20,000-square-foot building at the Cape May County Airport to satisfy unmanned aerial systems companies, a growing industry in the region. Firms at the multitenant property will be provided with 5,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.

Simon Nynens to Lead NJIT’s Incubation and Commercialization Efforts New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), one of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities, announced that Simon Nynens will join NJIT as vice president of business incubation and executive director of commercialization. Within the fast-evolving commercial ecosystem of the greater New York City and New Jersey metro region, Nynens will be charged with developing and expanding a suite of programs that spur innovation commercialization services and entrepreneurship in the US and globally.

Innovation Lead Will Help New Jersey Modernize Process, Support the Tech Economy
New Jersey’s inaugural chief innovation officer, a longtime champion of transparency in information, said she’ll continue to rely closely on open data and input from her colleagues at the Office of Information Technology (NJOIT), residents and other resources as she begins her new position. Beth Simone Noveck, director of the White House Open Government Initiative from 2009 to 2011 and former senior advisor for open government during then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s tenure, started in New Jersey on Aug. 13 as its innovation leader.

Upcoming Events

When: Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
Where: Jersey City

Data Innovation Day 2018: The Future of Data-Driven Medicine
When: Thu, September 13, 1pm – 6pm
Where: District Architecture Center – 421 7th St NW – Washington, DC


Rowan University’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneurial Masterminds Summit
When: Thursday, Sep 13-14, 2018

Where: Glassboro


NJ State Chamber of Commerce’s “Women Leaders in Innovation” celebration

When: Thu, September 20

BioNJ’s Manufacturing Briefing
When: Fri, September 21, 8am – 1pm
Where: Rutgers University Busch Student Center, 604 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway Township

The MedTech Conference
When: Sep 24 – 26, 2018
Where: Philadelphia, PA