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Author Archives: Jessica Perry

Remain vigilant (access required)

Atlantic Health System CEO Brian Gragnolati speaks with NJBIZ Editor Jeff Kanige on May 20,2021.

At the peak of the pandemic last spring, Atlantic Health System was treating 900 patients. And since the start of the vaccine rollout, it has been at the forefront of getting shots into state residents' arms, working with the state to run the mega-site in Morris County. So it’s probably not surprising that President and CEO Brian Gragnolati is still cautious about the outlook. NJBIZ recently spoke with him about his experience during the pandemic and why New Jerseyans should not let their guard down just yet.

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From the top (access required)

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In New Jersey, more than 323,000 government contracts were awarded to the state’s nearly 7,000 government contractors in 2019--each of which would be directly affected by President Joe Biden’s recent cybersecurity executive order.

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The Ramapo connection (access required)

Professor Paramjeet Bagga, developer of the career-oriented Bioinformatics major at Ramapo.

Four alumni who currently work for Pfizer at its Pearl River, N.Y., facility experienced first-hand the excitement of the company’s announcement last fall that its mRNA vaccine was 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. And not only do the graduates have their college and workplace in common, they also studied under Professor Paramjeet Bagga, a co-founder of the Bioinformatics program at the New Jersey public liberal arts school.

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Interest is intense (access required)

Deluxe cabins at Sea Pirate Campground in West Creek.

Camping participation grew 28% in 2020 as 7.9 million first-timers nationwide slept in the woods, according to the Outdoor Industry Association report The New Outdoor Participant: COVID and Beyond, released March 31. Americans flocked to fresh air activities to get exercise and stay healthy (62%) but also to simply get out of the house (62%), the report found.

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May 17, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ (access required)

May 17, 2021 Edition of NJBIZ

This week’s digital issue of NJIBZ – featuring a look at how waning interest in the COVID vaccine could complicate business reopenings, New Jerseyans turn to the outdoors as campground rentals and tent sales soar, we shine our spotlight on Renewable Energy, and more!

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CLOSING ENTRY: Beyond the gold watch

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Almost 28% of non-retired adult Americans have no retirement savings or pension and finances continue to be the number one cause of stress in this country. In response, a number of states, including New Jersey, have decided to take matters into their own hands by enacting legislation that requires most employers to offer employees access to a payroll deducted retirement program. So, what does this mean for your business?  By Vestwell General Counsel Allison Brecher.

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Peak demand (updated) (access required)

GAF Roofing Academy students take part in the program in February of 2020. Note: This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. GAF currently requires masks and social distancing in all of its classes.

Despite relatively high unemployment, workforce shortages abound in several industries nationwide. In the roofing industry, 90% of contractors have experienced some sort of labor shortage in the last year, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. As the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, Parsippany-based GAF can’t ignore the problem. “If we don’t have labor to install our product, our product will not get installed,” said Brian Cornelius, program director at GAF Roofing Academy.

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Get back (access required)

The worker shortage is a nationwide problem, with business and labor groups at odds over its causes, but it could be particularly acute in New Jersey as the state gears up for the summer tourism season. Economical health here depends on tens of millions of visitors flocking to the beaches, and serving and lodging those people requires a huge workforce.

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Sunny suds (access required)

Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Somerdale’s solar array partially powers its brewing process.

A handful of New Jersey breweries at least partially power their brews by solar energy, including River Horse Brewing Co. in Ewing, Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Somerdale, and Anheuser Busch in Newark.

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