Tuesday, July 10, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel

State Funding & South Jersey... "Our Piece of the Pie"

It has long been speculated that South Jersey, in comparison to the rest of the State, does not receive a representative share of public funding when one considers population size and taxable property value. Professor Hayes' study, "Our Piece of the Pie: The Distribution of State Funds to Municipalities Across N.J. Regions," determined that South Jersey's most economically distressed municipalities receive significantly less state funding assistance than similarly poor municipalities elsewhere throughout the state. Join us to learn more about the disparities in state funding assistance across New Jersey regions and what can be done to fix it.


Michael Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Rutgers University-Camden

Darren Spielman, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
Rutgers University-Camden

Make New Jersey Competitive:
Regional Economic Perspective
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford

Business After Business at the
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City

Meet the Policymakers featuring NJ Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel, Mt. Laurel

Congressional Action Committee: Third District Congressional Candidates Forum
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel, Mt. Laurel

Camden continues to 
show growth

By Michael DiSanto
Senior Relationship Manager
M&T Bank

Camden, once known as a blighted, impoverished city, is beginning a renaissance.  In April, M&T Bank took part in the groundbreaking of a new apartment building on the waterfront - 11 Cooper - which the bank provided a comprehensive $48 million financing solution that included a $24.8 million construction loan, a $12.4 million bridge loan and a commitment to purchase the tax credits, that will help bring 156 modern, market-rate apartments to the city.

In June, the bank celebrated yet another milestone development along the waterfront - the topping off of a brand new office complex adjacent to 11 Cooper. The Commercial Real Estate Financing Team at M&T Bank, which included Bernie Shields, Mike DiSanto, Patrick Ellis and Campbell Hudson worked to conceptualize, design and implement a customized financing solution to provide construction and permanent financing for the project. The project also received incentives from the Economic Development Authority.

The new 394,164-square-foot office tower was decorated with a "Camden Rising" banner hanging from its top floors during its topping off ceremony last week, and will soon be home to Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI, and The Michaels Organization. The development includes a rooftop helipad, six-level parking garage and open-air piazza on the eighth floor. The tower is easily accessible from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and has a gorgeous view of center city Philadelphia.

The companies housing their headquarters in the new office tower join notable businesses, such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Subaru, in calling Camden home - making their mark in the city that has seen a remarkable resurgence. In fact, Camden's crime rate has decreased by nearly 40 percent since 2012, and more than $3 billion has been invested in Camden's economic redevelopment. These updates, in addition to the construction of 11 Cooper and the adjacent office tower, is visibly transforming Camden's neighborhoods and creating an ideal space for residents to live, work and play.

Nearly 1,000 people are expected to be employed at the office tower, that will now be the tallest building along the Camden waterfront, another positive sign for the growing city that has seen a nearly 5 percent uptick in median household income and 1.74 percent increase in employment from 2015 to 2016.

Representatives from the financing teams were on hand for the topping off ceremony for the office tower, which included Ira Brown, Regional President from M&T Bank and numerous others.

Kelly D. Johnston
Chaired by Kelly D. Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs at Campbell Soup Company, the Congressional Action Committee features members of the region's Congressional delegation and U.S. Senate at meetings throughout the year.

Interested in joining this committee? Contact Crystal Henderson at chenderson@chambersnj.com or 
( 856) 424-7776 ext. 123.

Strengthening Your Business Brand by Uplifting Community Health
On June 14, Dennis Pullin, President & CEO of Virtua (seated from left), Kim Fortunato, Director-Community Affairs for Campbell Soup Company and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation, Amy Hever, Executive Director of Community Relations for Philadelphia 76ers and Executive Director of Sixers Youth Foundation, and Dr. Nyeema Watson, Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement of Rutgers University-Camden, shared how companies can uplift their employees and the community through good corporate citizenship.

Campbell Soup Hosts CCSNJ State Affairs Committee Meeting
On June 15,  Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, & Assemblyman Arthur Barclay updated CCSNJ members on the latest developments in Camden at a State Affairs Committee meeting held at Campell Soup's world headquarters in Camden.



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Jan Drayton
Account Manager
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Stephanie J. Zane Elected Treasurer of the American Inns of Court
Archer Partner, Stephanie J. Zane, has been elected as Treasurer of the American Inns of Court, one of the fastest growing legal organizations in the country. There are nearly 400 chartered American Inns of Court in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Tokyo, with more than 35,000 members, including judges, lawyers, law students, and law school faculty actively participating and more than 100,000 alumni members. Ms. Zane will begin her two-year term on July 1st. 

P. Agnes Begins Construction of Taylor Hospital Emergency Department
P. Agnes has officially commenced with the construction of phase one of the Taylor master plan. This first phase primarily includes the construction of a new main entrance to the Emergency Department, heavy electrical infrastructure work and miscellaneous interior renovations designed to expand the emergency department. The targeted completion date for this phase is November, 2018.

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