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The Oct. 19, 2020 Edition of NJBIZ

Oct. 19, 2020 Edition of NJBIZ

Get this week's digital edition of NJBIZ – featuring efforts of state and local officials to reduce Atlantic City's reliance on casinos for its finances is progressing, but at a slower pace amid COVID; checking in with the Paycheck Protection Program, and business owners' concerns about the future; why everything old is new again for clothing retailers; our spotlight on cancer; and more – open to all, subscriber or not.

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In with the old (access required)

clothes on a rack on a flea market.

For major retailers getting into the pre-owned market – like Levi's, Gap and Walmart – retail analyst and sales consultant John Livesay referenced the switch from movie rentals to streaming: “Nobody takes their position for granted anymore. I’m sure the people at Blockbuster were very busy until the whole thing fell apart, whereas the people at Netflix were like ‘what’s the brand, what can we be doing?’”

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A simple screen (access required)

Lung cancer screening

The recommendations for low-dose CT scans for lung cancer, which can detect the disease early enough to render it 100% treatable, have been in place for more than five years and are even covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, yet it isn’t routine.

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Patio opportunity (access required)

Gusto customers enjoying a cold brew.

Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, Garden State bars and breweries were able to operate with some success under temporary rules. Now, they await permanent relief to extend expansion permits past their Nov. 30 expiration date until New Jersey's indoor dining limitations are lifted.

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Care at a distance

Senior Couple Cooking Food Kitchen

Piscataway-based Parker Health Group President and CEO Roberto Muñiz on the role technology plays in filling the void as long-term living communities and providers prepare for a second wave of COVID-19.

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New challenges (access required)

The Standard in New Brunswick- GILBANE CO.

Despite the havoc wrought by COVID-19, engineering firms and educational institutions around New Jersey are continuing to operate — carefully balancing social-distancing safety practices while getting the job done.

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The cannabis campaign (access required)

Marijuana / cannabis plants.

In what ordinarily would seem like the 11th hour, due to COVID-19, bipartisan advocacy groups on either side of the issue are navigating new waters: How can they get through to voters, who they can’t interact with in person, to answer one way or another Public Question No. 1: “Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis’?”

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Marching on (access required)

Students sitting at the laboratory desk and using a 3-D printer for prototyping

Remote collaboration and other pandemic-related obstacles haven’t stopped New Jersey engineering organizations – and institutes of higher education – from innovating, according to insiders. Instead, like any good engineer, they come up with a workaround.

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The road to advancement (access required)

On Nov. 22, more than 100 Lockheed Martin employees volunteered during the Women in Engineering Day event at the Rotary and Mission System’s facility in Moorestown. This year, the annual event brought together 150 female high school students from more than 20 South Jersey and Philadelphia region schools. Here, students participate in an “hour of coding,” during which time they work as a team to solve difficult mathematical problems. - ROBERT O’NEIL

Women and minorities seeking a good career may want to consider engineering. It’s a fairly lucrative profession, with a median annual wage of $81,440 in May 2019, and there was plenty of demand with job growth, at least pre-COVID, that was expected to be “about as fast as the average for all occupations,” according to the BLS. But there’s one wrinkle in that rosy outlook: These groups generally don’t seem to be getting a sizable share of the pie. Educational institutions and businesses in New Jersey, however, are trying to change that.

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Pic Page: Oct. 12, 2020

NJBIZ Pic Page: Oct. 12, 2020

Photos featuring players and executives from the New York Red Bulls as they make initial mini-pitches honoring Black Players for Change, Town Title Agency's 5th annual golf outing, NJ American Water hosts members of the Legislature’s Assembly Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources, and New Jersey Golf Foundation donates to RWJBaranabas Health Emergency Response Fund.

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