NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - James W. Hughes, dean emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, will assess Central Jersey’s 2018 economic prospects this month, part of an annual economic development series sponsored by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Middlesex County 2018 Economic Outlook is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rutgers Visitor Center, 100 Sutphen Road, Piscataway.

"There are so many pieces to the puzzle when it comes to continuing a successful and robust economy here in Middlesex County," said Lina Llona, president, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce. "We look to leaders like Jim Hughes for providing a big picture policy perspective so we can take his insights and act locally," she added.

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Hughes is director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced more than 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region.

He is a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics and is author or co-author of 34 books. He has provided extensive budgetary and economic testimony before many New Jersey State Legislative committees, and has provided numerous policy briefings both in Washington and Trenton on demographics, housing and the economy. 

He has served on numerous commissions and task forces, including NJ Governor’s Commission on Jobs, Growth and Economic Development, the Economic Advisors Board of the Council of the City of New York, the NJ Governor’s World Class Economy Task Force, and the NJ Governor’s Property Tax Commission.

The 2018 Economic Outlook is part of the Middlesex Chamber’s continued analysis of the growth and economic fortitude of the Central Jersey region, which has emerged as among the most culturally and economically diverse parts of the state. 

“That, combined with the region’s extensive transit and roadway access, makes this area particularly attractive to current and prospective employers,” Llona said.

Event registration and more information is available online