SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is collaborating with the Somerset County Business Partnership to establish a task force to develop economic recovery strategies that will support local businesses.

“This joint effort between Somerset County and the Somerset County Business partnership ignites the public-private partnerships that are essential to address the short term and long term demands of this globally disrupted economy,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy, planning liaison. “The task force will ensure the successful implementation of economic recovery strategies.”

Chris Edwards, president and CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership, added, “It is important to consider both the short-term and long-term impact COVID-19 is having on our economy and begin discussing priorities, strategies and tactics for implementation. The public health emergency is having an immediate impact on Somerset County’s $1.2 billion tourism industry, from both a business revenue and employment perspective, and we commend state officials for the recent steps they have taken with respect to unemployment insurance and other programs.”

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Although economic recovery from a public health emergency may look different than past disaster response efforts, the Somerset County Business Partnership has extensive experience in executing economic recovery strategies, securing state and federal funding and successfully advocating for policies that benefit our community.

Mike McDonough, president of Raritan Valley Community College, expressed his strong support for the Recovery Task Force, adding “I am so appreciative of our business and public policy partners for always recognizing the achievements of RVCC and for recognizing the critical role that we will play in the economic recovery. While this current crisis has impacted RVCC in significant ways, we are ready and eager to provide those educational and workforce training opportunities that will put our neighbors back to work and fuel New Jersey’s inevitable economic revival.”

"While our first priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, the Freeholder Board recognizes the toll COVID-19 is having on local businesses and the economy,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “We want to develop strategies now to ensure a sustainable economy for residents, businesses and institutions."

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