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Friday, November 23, 2012

'Road to Recovery' is theme of Woodbridge conference

Plainfielders will want to take note of a conference in Woodbridge next Wednesday whose theme is recovery.

Though the topic was set months ago, before any thought of Hurricane Sandy and its impact statewide, it has taken on an added urgency in the light of the rebuilding that will now be required as a result of the storm's devastation.

Sponsored by the Council on State Public Affairs, the afternoon event will take place at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin from 1:30 - 5:15 PM and be followed immediately by a cocktail reception.

The Council has gained a statewide reputation for bringing together some of the most incisive thinking on the public policy issues facing government, business and the nonprofit sector in the Garden State.

This year's conference will focus on four urgent themes --

  • With counties and municipalities fiercely competing for economic advantage, how can the state as a whole move forward in recovering both from the Great Recession, which still lingers, and Hurricane Sandy, which has had such a devastating impact on infrastructure?

  • The Christie administration's delay on Medicaid expansion as a result of Obamacare's implementation is causing great uncertainty for the healthcare community. What is the way forward?

  • Despite an excellent system of county colleges and four-year colleges and universities, more students study out of state than in-state. What can be done to make higher education in New Jersey more compelling?

  • With the recent presidential election now past us, folks are beginning to gear up for 2013, in which every state office from governor on down is up for election. What will this atmosphere mean for action in Trenton and how will the business climate and public policy implementation be impacted?
Taking on these burning issues will make it a lively afternoon assures Rebecca Perkins, president of the Council on State Public Affairs, and you will find the networking and opportunity to speak to policymakers face-to-face at the post-conference reception to be invaluable.
For more information and to register online, visit the Council's website here, call (908) 580-0946 or email

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