NEWARK, NJ – Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America at the 2016 Leadership Award Dinner on Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott in Newark

For his outstanding example to the youth of their communities, the Boy Scouts of America salutes Mayor J. Christian Bollwage with the 2016 Leadership Award. Mayor Bollwage was selected for his outstanding services as evidenced by the interest and leadership he has demonstrated within the community. Now in his twenty-fourth year as mayor he has sparked $800 million in economic redevelopment.

The City's ongoing economic redevelopment plans have resulted in The Elizabeth Center at 13A, which is home to IKEA, the chain's most successful North American store, and the Toys R Us/Kids World Superstore. Across the street from this development is The Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall, which attracts more than 15 million visitors each year. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary in 2015, the mall has announced a 411,000-square foot expansion, which is expected to start next year, adding high-quality restaurants and even more top retail brands. The mayor's role in redeveloping this Brownfield site earned him the American Plan Association's Distinguished Leadership Award for Elected Officials.

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Currently, the Mayor is an adjunct professor in the Public Administration Department at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Public Administration. Also a graduate of Kean University, Mayor Bollwage holds a graduate degree with honors in Public Administration, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and was later inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.

Through the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Leadership Award Dinner, funds will be raised to support the underserved inner city, at risk youths, living in multicultural markets of Northern and Central New Jersey. In addition, the event also supports our growing STEM, “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”, program. This initiative will offer over 80 STEM related merit badges ranging from robotics, inventing, architecture, and many more. The Boy Scouts of America has partnered with institutions like MIT, Carnegie-Mellon and ExxonMobil to provide Scouts with relevant skills and experiences in a constantly evolving global economy.