From The Desk of Dr. Dennis Devery

Dr. Dennis W. Devery is the Vice President for Institutional Planning & Research at Thomas Edison State University.

March
Happy Spring, this time of rejuvenation is a perfect time to consider how to reconnect with friends, customers and to grow new relationships through the Chamber. The Chamber’s recent Education and Workforce Development Conference was a great success because it reconnected Chamber members with employers, educators, government officials and labor union leaders in an effort to help members Grow and Succeed. Speakers from Google, Amazon, Kellogg and a number of other businesses provided opportunities for members to understand how these organizations operate and to grow new relationships with these exceptional organizations that are doing business in our local area. As the warmth of spring rejuvenates our region, plant the seeds of opportunity by engaging with the Chamber and attending Chamber events intended to nourish opportunities for your business to Connect, Grow and Succeed.
Dr. Dennis W. Devery is the Vice President for Institutional Planning & Research at Thomas Edison State University.

February
Thank you to all the members who have taken part in the Chamber’s various events over the past month. 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for the chamber and for our members. As we began the new year, it was great to hear so many state, county and local government officials speak about  their interest in growing our economy and helping make Chamber members even more successful in 2018. If you or your business need assistance with state, county or local issues, please reach out to me and our President Kristi Howell at the Chamber. We will connect you with the appropriate state, county or local official.  Remember, the mission of our Chamber is to help you Connect, Grow and Succeed.
Dr. Dennis W. Devery is the Vice President for Institutional Planning & Research at Thomas Edison State University.

January
Happy New Year! 2018 is shaping up to be a year of significant change in our state, our nation and the economy. In 2018, we welcome a new Governor, Phil Murphy, to the statehouse in Trenton who has pledged to change the State’s tax policies, business policies and educational policies. As President Trump begins his second year in the Whitehouse, he has signed into law sweeping tax policy changes and has stated that infrastructure rebuilding and deregulation across all federal agencies are his top priorities for 2018. The economy in New Jersey and across the nation will continue to change in 2018 with continued growth in many sectors, near full employment and increased demands for workers with Market Valued experience and credentials.
All of these changes provide opportunities for Chamber members to succeed in 2018. Success however will require understanding the changing environment, influencing the environment through policy makers and ensuring Chamber members are informed of changes effecting their business and their industries. Collaboration between business, non-profit institutions, government, organized labor and educational institutions will be critical to success in this changing environment. Fortunately, our Chamber has strong representation in all of these sectors.
The Chamber’s programs and events in 2018 will focus on this changing environment and collaborating with our members to Connect, Grow and Succeed in 2018!
Dr. Dennis W. Devery is the Vice President for Institutional Planning & Research at Thomas Edison State University.