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Stevens Institute of Technology stands as one of New Jersey’s most valuable resources, especially as the conversation focuses increasingly on how the state will enhance its natural advantages in the innovation economy.

New Jersey’s higher education institutions remain an essential component in the value proposition to businesses and individuals as to why investment in the state should deepen. Policies directed toward strengthening our universities, availing students of opportunities and retaining talent should receive priority.

Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion is the President of Stevens Institute of Technology, Nariman Farvardin.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is an urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents. Since its inception, the Institute has devoted itself to an agenda aimed combating poverty with opportunity and overcoming barriers with innovation. The Institute’s work continues to focus on generating economic mobility through models that leverage the strength of the public and private sectors.

Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of the Institute’s ongoing efforts to move our state forward is Demelza Baer, Policy Counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey serves as a powerful and unique engine for regional mobility and economic growth. The agency operates the largest airport network in the world, oversees the largest seaport on the East Coast and manages several other essential assets, including the PATH system and the George Washington Bridge.

As recent circumstances have thrust the Port Authority into a period of evaluation and transition, how an entity that historically shaped the regional landscape positions itself to play a role in the consequential undertakings of the present and future deserves exploration.

Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion is the foremost expert on the Port Authority, Jameson Doig, Visiting Research Professor at Dartmouth College and Professor Emeritus of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

A workforce-development practice prominently and effectively deployed in international settings, apprenticeship has generated heightened interest in the United States as of late. President Barack Obama has sought to double the number of apprentices within five years, while New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has sponsor the LEAP Act, which would deliver a federal tax credit to employers who hire apprentices.

These efforts seek to fortify weaknesses undermining both the supply and demand sides of the equation: firms reportedly cannot locate sufficiently skilled talent and individuals lack the training to participate more meaningfully in the economy. Updated versions of centuries-old apprenticeship models could cultivate an adaptable workforce more attuned to the competitive needs of the private sector, while simultaneously equipping citizens with professional proficiencies in a practical, cost-efficient manner.

Joining New Start New Jersey for a detailed consideration of apprenticeship is Angela Hanks, the Associate Director of Workforce Development Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

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