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Gloucester County to Be Honored for Economic Development Efforts at Economic Development Summit on October 21ST

WOODBURY, NJ - Gloucester County will be presented with an award from NEDA (Northeastern Economic Developers Association) by Rich Franklin, President-elect of NEDA at the upcoming Gloucester County Economic Development Summit.

The Summit will be held this Friday, October 21st from 8:00 am to 10:30 am at Columbus Manor, 1351 N. Black Horse Pike, Williamstown.

Gloucester County has been awarded the NEDA's 2005 Literature & Promotions Community Profile Award for its new Gloucester County Marketing CD. The CD will be part of the direct mail campaign to promote new business to Gloucester County.

The Freeholders announced that in addition to Mr. Franklin's presentation, this year's Summit will feature John Canally, Jr. CFA, Senior Investment Strategist, PNC Advisors, Caren Franzini, CEO, NJ Economic Development Authority, and Peter Mahal, President of ESCO, EMAS Division. Over 100 area business leaders, bankers and real estate professionals are registered to attend this free event.

"We are very proud to offer this outstanding panel of speakers to our business leaders," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Gloucester County is a vital link in our regional economy and our panelists will be offering their perspectives on the business climate of the county, region and state, as well as their forecasts for commercial and residential development and energy."

"This Freeholder Board implemented several priorities for economic success that included attracting new business and industry to promote job creation for our residents. We are constantly revisiting that plan, implementing new initiatives and working hard to bring quality business and industry to our region," said Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr. liaison to Economic Development. "It's a compliment to be recognized by the Northeastern Economic Developers Association for our efforts and it tells us we are on the right track," said Brigandi.