On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “Prospects for New Jersey’s Economy” by Dean James Hughes of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

One of the leading scholars on New Jersey's economy and development, Dr. Hughes will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of New Jersey's economy, what made New Jersey successful, what is holding the state back, and what the prospects for the future are.

Dr. Hughes is a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region.

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He is a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics. He is author or co-author of 34 books and monographs and more than 150 articles. Among his books are NEW JERSEY’S POSTSUBURBAN ECONOMY (Rutgers University Press) and THE ATLANTIC CITY GAMBLE (Harvard University Press).

Among his recent awards are the 2014 Distinguished Service Award of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the Rutgers School of Engineering 2014 Medal of Excellence and the Rutgers Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, resuming September 18. The library will be closed on Friday, September 16 for a Staff Education Day.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”