The New Jersey Business & Industry Association launched an independent research foundation to help identify policy and workforce solutions for New Jersey.
NJBIA announced Feb. 5 that it is starting Focus NJ, a nonpartisan nonprofit research foundation. NJBIA says Focus NJ will administer deep analysis of public policies, industry trends and economic indicators that impact New Jersey’s affordability, workforce and competitiveness.
Nicole Sandelier, NJBIA’s director of Economic Policy Research, has been appointed as the executive director of Focus NJ.
“Focus NJ will go well beyond augmenting the quality research conducted by NJBIA,” NJBIA President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Siekerka said. “It will serve as a separate, enhanced research entity to bring timely, thorough and innovative studies for the purposes of identifying and informing policy recommendations.”
Focus NJ will release the first report of a statewide Industry Series Study detailing the changing dynamics, opportunities, and threats to seven industries. In addition, the study will also identify skill sets of the future and will provide recommendations on how to better prepare New Jersey’s future workforce pipeline.
In addition to Siekerka, who serves as chairperson, Focus NJ’s board of trustees includes Junior Achievement of New Jersey President Catherine Milone, Monmouth University Assistant Professor Stephen Chapman, Fairleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Executive Director Dale Caldwell, IBEW Local 102 President Bernard Corrigan, and NJBIA Chief of Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas.