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Author Archives: Jessica Perry

The artist economy (access required)

“S.T.E.A.M. Dreams” by Layqa Nuna Yawar at 3030 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City. - ZACH KATZEN

it’s not easy to quantify the economic effects of public art, but projects are proliferating in cities like Newark, Camden and Atlantic City, drawing visitors and highlighting local issues in the process.

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Yes, we’re open (access required)

Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.

Between the start of Memorial Day weekend through June 4, most of New Jersey’s COVID-19 business restrictions were rolled back for vaccinated people, allowing an almost complete return to pre-pandemic operations. The move was hailed by business groups, who contend that the rules constituted a drag on the state’s economy. But public health experts remain cautious about whether the state is ready to fully celebrate.

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Coordinated care

Obesity, defined as a body mass index greater than 30, is a major public health problem with an increasing prevalence both across the United States and in New Jersey. Here, more than 1 in 4 people is living with it, and in the city of Newark, the rate is even higher, at nearly 40%. University Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Holubek writes about how the new Weight Management Center of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School at University Hospital was created to effectively address this epidemic.

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Report cards (access required)

New Jersey hospitals enjoy a solid reputation nationwide, according to several ranking systems that have issued findings in recent months.

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The coverup continues (access required)

Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.

New Jersey is one of just a few states maintaining an indoor mask requirement despite recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that fully vaccinated people, in most circumstances, do not have to wear face coverings indoors. While continuing the rule caused confusion among many business owners and workers, some say it’s a simpler approach than the alternative – requiring masks only on unvaccinated residents.

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Flush with cash (access required)

New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio answers questions after giving her report to the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting on May 14, 2019.

New Jersey in a peculiar situation: too much money and not a solid idea of where to spend it. As of the latest estimates, the state is looking at a $6.3 billion closing balance come June 30. That’s thanks to billions of dollars in federal aid, nearly $4 billion of bond issue proceeds and higher tax revenue fueled by pent-up consumer demand.

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FORCE FOR CHANGE: Strong connections

CEO and founder of Leading Women Entrepreneurs and the Force for Change NJ, Linda Wellbrock interviews Spase Miloseski, chief information officer of CodeWell about how digital assistants can increase speed, efficiency and productivity for all businesses.

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May 24, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ (access required)

May 24, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ

This week’s digital issue of NJIBZ – featuring a look at how Biden’s executive order on cybersecurity will affect businesses in the state, deciding what to do with New Jersey's budget surplus we shine our spotlight on Hospitals, and more!

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