BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset County Business Partnership today announced its 2014 Economic Vitality Awards that will be presented at their annual meeting on Dec. 15.

Costco, which opened in North Plainfield in the fall of 2013 and also has a store in Bridgewater, is one of five winners. The award is for: "The recently opened Costco North Plainfield store created 250 construction jobs and 150 to 200 permanent jobs, many of which are support by company job training programs. The Bridgewater facility employs 230 people with an additional 50 seasonal hires. The new facility uses innovation in site development including lighting energy management systems, energy efficient lighting design, and energy efficient transformers. Costco regularly supports the Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Specialized Hospital. Stuff the Backpack programs, and donates food to panties and soup kitchens on a daily basis."

Recipients in the private sector category have made a positive impact on the quality of life and economic vitality in Somerset County in areas including job creation and retention, job training and retraining, sales growth, profitability and reinvestment, increased assets, and influx of new dollars from outside the area. Non-profit recipients have demonstrated a record of significant impact on the quality of life of the targeted constituency and the County in the areas of growth of constituency served, innovative programming, and contribution of volunteer base. 

TAP into North Plainfield and Green Brook publisher Blue Hills Media LLC is a member of the Somerset County Business Partnership.