2015 Membership Renewal
NJ SEED Policy Issues

Passing of Jon Spinnanger

Dear NJSEED Board of Trustees-

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that NJ SEED retired Executive Director and President Jon Spinnanger passed away early on the morning of April 14. Jon served as a Mayor of Pompton Lakes and was a leader in the Verizon organization for more than 30 years. Jon was a great friend and colleague to so many in Trenton and his passing affects us deeply.

Please visit the link below for more information for immediately available information.

http://nelsen-williamsburg.tributes.com/dignitymemorial/obituary/Jon-P.-Spinnanger-102379160

June 2, 2015 NJ SEED Quarterly Board of Trustees & Membership Meeting

Join NJ SEED as we host the second quarterly trustee and membership meeting and luncheon of the year on June 2, 2015 at the Trenton Country Club.

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NJ SEED 2015 Congressional Briefing

Join NJ SEED on June 15-16, 2015 as we head to Washington, D.C. to meet with the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to discuss federal issues that impact our ability to grow jobs, bolster the economy and enhance the environment in the Garden State. The two-day trip will begin with the release of NJ SEED’s 2014-2015 Congressional Issues Briefing Book at the 28th Annual Congressional Briefing Breakfast. We urge our members to consider contributing to the newest edition of the Congressional Briefing Book, today! Materials should be submitted to info@njseed.org.

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Build $16B Hudson tunnel project or economy could lose $100M a day, Amtrak says

NJ.com

Construction of new Amtrak tunnels and several allied projects to New York could cost an estimated $16 billion and under the most optimistic scenario could take up to a decade to build.

“It could be done in seven years if we put some incentives on it,” Amtrak president Joseph Boardman said during an interview with the Star-Ledger editorial board.  “We’re looking at a minimum of seven years to 11 years. That’s from the time we get a go-ahead.”

Amtrak officials are in a race against time to avoid a commuting nightmare if one of the existing 100-year old tunnels has to be closed for major repairs before new tunnels are built. Train traffic would slow to a trickle, from an average of 24 to 6 trains per hour if one of the existing tunnels had to be closed. The regional economy could lose $100 million a day in economic activity, due to a shut down, Boardman said.

About 400 NJ Transit commuter trains a day travel through the existing tunnels, he said.

An estimated 50 and 80 percent of the Gateway tunnel project funding should come from the federal government, with the remainder to be divided between New Jersey, New York and Amtrak, Boardman said. The Gateway Project includes two new tunnels under the Hudson, adding two new tracks along the corridor in New Jersey south of Newark, and construction an annex to New York’s Penn Station to handle additional trains.

Exact costs to build the tunnels, a new Portal Bridge and an annex south of New York Penn Station won’t be known until after preliminary engineering is done. The next step is for Amtrak to take proposals from companies to conduct an environmental review in the spring, Boardman said.

Building new tunnels took on added importance when Amtrak officials announced last month that the existing tunnels were damaged by flood waters driven by Hurricane Sandy. Building new tunnels would allow one of the old tunnels to be taken out of service for one year for major repairs without affecting rail service.

2014 Economic Summit Pictures
2014 Economic Summit
Special Thanks to Our Speaker and Attendees:

Newly appointed NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit Transportation Session

Congressman and senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Frank LoBiondo (R-2) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman and Transportation and Independent Authorities Chair John Wisniewski (D-19) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Senator and Transportation, Vice-Chair Robert Gordon (D-38) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Senator and Labor Committee Chair Fred Madden (D-4) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblywoman and Labor Committee Vice-Chair Shavonda Sumter (D-35) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown (R-2) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman and Commerce and Economic Development, Chair Gordon Johnson (D-37) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman and Tourism, Gaming and the Arts, Vice-Chair Troy Singleton (D-7) confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit

Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-14) confirmed to speak at Economic Summit Atlantic City Session

Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce President, Joe Kelly confirmed to speak at Economic Summit

Dr. Israel Posner, Executive Director of the The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey confirmed to address NJ SEED members and participants at Economic Summit Economy Session

Bob Marshall NJ SEED Energy Committee Chair confirmed moderator for Economic Summit Roundtable Discussion on Atlantic City

NJ SEED member Anthony Attanasio, UTCA of NJ and previous Assistant Commissioner of Government & Community Relations for the NJ DOT confirmed moderator for Economic Summit Transportation Session

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