NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway will be the keynote speaker when leading business experts across a broad continuum serving New Jersey and Middlesex County take part in a virtual event Thursday.

This year’s Business Summit, Leading Together for a Better Tomorrow, will offer a platform for each panelist to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic what their organizations have learned on how best to move forward in this “new normal”

A question and answer session will be included.

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This free event will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will be open to the public and media.

It will be moderated by Tom Bergeron, editor and chief content officer of ROI NJ, and hosted by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Director Ronald G. Rios and Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood.

The panelists for the Business Summit include:

  • Luis De La Hoz, chairman of the board of directors for the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ and SVP director of community­ lending at Valley National Bank
  • Christiana Foglio, founder and CEO of Community­ Investment Strategies
  • Debbie Hart, MS, CAE, APR, president and CEO of BioNJ
  • Jose Lazano, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey
  • William Rodgers, III, PhD, professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University

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Additionally, the summit serves to illustrate how Middlesex County continues to serve as the thought leader and broker at the intersection between research, policy and implementation, as well as the broker between government; private sector entities; partners such as Rutgers; and the county’s businesses, residents and workers.

Hosted since 2017, this summit is part of a larger strategic planning initiative across the county which culminates in the creation of the Destination 2040 Comprehensive Master Plan.

Destination 2040 will shape how the county will grow and change in the future through input from those who live, work, and learn here. The plan will help guide the municipalities within the county with programs and policies to help achieve goals to improve the quality of life for all residents.