County holds 333rd Annual Reorganization
Job creation, ‘Eds and Meds’ and stable tax rate in works for 2019
Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the County's 333rd Annual Reorganization on Friday, January 4, 2019 in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Old Courthouse.
Robert M. Damminger and James J. Lavender were sworn-in to three-year terms on the Freeholder Board and Damminger was again voted Director. Frank J. DiMarco will serve as Deputy Director. Giuseppe (Joe) Chila was sworn in as Surrogate and Carmel Morina took the oath to serve again as Gloucester County’s Sheriff.
Director Damminger said, "County Government will continue to push to realize three key goals: keeping taxes low and stable, increasing opportunities for affordable and accessible education, and creating economic opportunity that generates quality jobs."
Damminger said that just last week the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported that Gloucester County’s unemployment is the lowest it has been in a decade. “That is no accident,” Damminger said. “Low unemployment down to 3.1 percent is due to diligence and a commitment to accomplishing our goals by following through on our plans that continue to move Gloucester County forward.”
Damminger outlined plans to progress in 2019, including projects such as the merging of Cumberland County College (CCC) with Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC), the first merger of its kind in New Jersey. By regionalizing these two community colleges into Rowan College of South Jersey, a strong growth corridor combining educational, workforce and medical training programs would be created, linking residents of Cumberland and Gloucester for future economic opportunities.
Freeholder Director Damminger said, “The benefits of developing a corridor of education and medicine along Route 55 are hard to overlook. Gloucester and Cumberland County are connected by infrastructure and healthcare institutions that would easily lend themselves to the prospect of creating an 'Eds and Meds’ corridor to benefit both our students and residents.”
To further promote the creation of an ‘Eds and Meds’ program, work on a 65,000 square foot Medical Education Building on the campus of RCGC will begin this year, creating another partnership with Rowan University and further enhancing the relationship with Rowan Medical School through RCGC and provide students access to the most modern and advanced educational opportunities.
The addition of the new Rowan Medical Education Building comes at the most opportune time: the quick work on the new Inspira Hospital in Harrison Township has led to a fall 2019 completion date that will create and retain over 1,500 jobs, providing students who enter Rowan and RCGC’s medical programs with potential job and residency opportunities close to home.
RCGC’s continued growth will also include construction of a new office space on the campus of RCGC that will house the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Gloucester County Office of Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce. This investment partnered with the success of our economic development efforts and future advanced manufacturing training programs planned at RCGC, will continue to push Gloucester County as a leader throughout New Jersey as the place for business and industry to locate and grow.
Director Damminger said, “Continued expansion is the goal in 2019. With big name companies like Amazon still looking for 2,000 employees for their center in West Deptford and the digital convenience retailer GoPuff looking to construct a distribution center that will create 600 new jobs, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal expanding with the addition of two 1,700 feet berths and a barge berth still under construction, and the $300 million plus athletic complex being planned for development on Rowan’s West Campus, growth in Gloucester County is firing on all cylinders.”
Standing – Jim Jefferson, Dan Christy, Heather Simmons, Lyman Barnes, James Lavender and sitting – Frank J. DiMarco, Deputy Director, Robert M. Damminger, Director