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July 15, 2021

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ATLANTIC SHORES AND ØRSTED LEADERS TO OUTLINE CONSTRUCTION PLANS

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Ørsted officials are preparing construction schedules after being selected last week to build 2,658 megawatts of offshore wind energy off the South Jersey Coast. Don't miss the first chance to hear company officials outline their plans when the Alliance for Action hosts its Offshore Wind program on August 4.  To register please click here.
NJ WIND PORT RECEIVES STATE DOLLARS 

The NJ EDA says it expects to announce the construction management team for the New Jersey Wind Port any day now. Construction could begin shortly following the announcement. The recently signed New Jersey State budget includes $200 million for the Wind Port's construction.

ATLANTIC SHORES TO HOLD VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES

Atlantic Shores Wind, which has been named as one of the Phase II developers of the offshore wind project, will hold virtual open houses from July 20 -22. Alliance for Action members have been invited to join.


For additional information about Atlantic Shores: www.atlanticshoreswind.com


USDOT ANNOUNCES PORT OF SALEM AND PORT OF NEWARK PROJECTS' FUNDING 
 
As part of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding American (INFRA) program, the U.S. Transportation Department has granted $44 million for the Port Street Corridor Project Improvement at Port Newark and another $9 million to expand barge capacity and intermodal rail connectivity at the Port of Salem. 



$750M CANCER CENTER MOVING FORWARD 

The $750 million Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center will soon be a reality following a recent ground breaking in New Brunswick. Officials expect the 12 story center, which will be run by RWJBarnabas Health and the existing Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, to open in 2024.
DVRPC BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS FOR FY2022
 
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has new board officers:

Chair: Louis Cappelli, Jr., Commissioner Director of the Camden County Board of Commissioners

Vice Chair: Gina Burritt, appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Secretary: Christine Reuther, a Councilmember with the Delaware County (PA) Council.

Treasurer: Leslie Floyd, Director of the Mercer County NJ Planning Division.
UPCOMING EVENTS

7/20/21 - 9th Annual Investing In South Jersey...Where The Action Is! at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway. Click here to register. 

7/29/21 - 19th Annual Statewide Transportation Conference at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe. Click here to register. 

8/4/21 - Offshore Wind Conference at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.  Click here to register. 

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY PLEDGES FULL SUPPORT FOR GATEWAY

U.S. Senate leaders are considering a plan to vote on a massive infrastructure investment funding program next week. The plan includes funding for the Gateway Tunnel project. Following a recent tour of the existing tunnels, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pledged President Biden's full support for starting construction of Gateway.

PENNEAST PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION SCORES A WIN
PennEast Pipeline officials are planning their next steps following a US Supreme Court decision upholding company plans to use eminent domain to build its $1 billion pipeline. PennEast says its pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, will provide locally produced gas, increase reliability, reduce costs, stabilize energy prices and boost the economy.
COLLEGE ORGANIZATIONS MERGE

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of NJ and the Independent College Fund of NJ have merged.
 
The organization will now be a single nonprofit known as the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey.

Stephen Reynolds has taken over as president.
TRIP RELEASES REPORT AT INTERSTATE SYSTEM'S 65TH ANNIVERSARY


TRIP, a national transportation research non-profit, has released America's Interstate Highway System at 65: Meeting America's Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well Maintained National Highway Network. The report cites a Transportation Research Board (TRB) report ranking New Jersey as having the third most congested interstate highway system in the country. Alliance for Action President Jerry Keenan is quoted saying, "The Interstate Highway System is a critical part of New Jersey's transportation network. It is urgent that the federal government address these conditions in order to protect New Jersey's residents, businesses, the environment and our future way of life." The TRB concludes annual investment in the Interstate Highway System should be increased by approximately two-and-a-half times. Click HERE to see the entire report.
OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND FOR NJIT WARREN STREET RESIDENCE HALL 
 
The new hall will house more than 500 students each semester. It is scheduled to open in the fall 2022, at the site of a former Newark elementary school. Substantial construction will begin by August.

NJIT officials moved ahead with project planning throughout the COVID pandemic, when other colleges tabled residence hall plans.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
  • State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has left state government for a top role in the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He joins the SEC's enforcement division.  Andrew Bruck will serve as Acting Attorney General for the remainder of the year.
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