PATERSON, NJ - The Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is honoring William Paterson University for its long-standing, solid commitment and support to the Greater Paterson community, specifically the business community through their multi-level involvement in the various strata of the Paterson market.

William Paterson University’s outstanding contributions to grow the economic base of the greater Paterson region have been substantial, as in their funding and staffing of the Small Business Development Center in Paterson, their on campus hosting of business improvement seminars and job fairs, and supplying personnel to be supportive of initiatives and build capacity on business, non-profit and public sector levels.

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WPU President Kathleen Waldron will accept the “Faith in Paterson Award” on behalf of the University at the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce’s 104th Gala on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park.

“We are pleased to be honoring such a committed institution such as William Paterson University. The Chamber has enjoyed a strong relationship with WPU. Moreover, the University has continuously supported programs to aid in the growth of our economic and educational bases in Paterson and surrounding Paterson. They are an invaluable asset and partner,” said Jamie Dykes, GPCC President.

Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones commended the Chamber for honoring the University. He said, “William Paterson University’s relationship with the City of Paterson dates back to the middle 19th century, when it established as the Paterson Normal School. Since then, and well after it became a University, William Paterson has supported our City and our schools through student activities and University programs. Honoring William Paterson University is the right thing to do and I applaud the Chamber for doing so.”

The Chamber invites all those who wish to pay tribute to William Paterson University to attend the 104th Gala, or place a congratulatory advertisement in the event journal.  The Annual Gala is the most anticipated business social event of the New Year, and will feature live music with dancing, a brief program, and the Westmount Country Club’s world-famous cocktail hour. For more information visit the GPCC website www.greaterpatersoncc.org or call 973-881-7300.

About the GPCC:

The Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven professionally staffed not-for-profit association of business people committed to improving the economic climate and quality of life in the Greater Paterson area. The GPCC is the voice of the Greater Paterson area. It represents the interests of over 600 members through member programs and services, government representation, and business advocacy.