Presentation and Discussion of 2017 Real Estate and Economic Policy Research Consortium Business Survey to be held June 27

June 1, 2017

WHAT: A webinar presentation and expert panel discussion of findings from the longitudinal survey of New Jersey business leaders conducted by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

WHO: James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean of the Bloustein School, will present the economic and demographic context and substantive findings of the survey. A panel discussion will follow. Thomas Bracken, President and CEO, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, will serve as moderator. Panel participants include Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President PNC Financial Services; Gil Medina, Executive Vice President, CBRE, Inc.; Mitch Roschelle, CPA, Partner and Business Development Leader, US National Practice Leader for PwC’s Real Estate Advisory Practice, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Frank Vitolo, Esq., Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti, LLP; and George Kimmerle, AIA, PP, President, The Kimmerle Group. An open Q&A session will follow the panel; the moderator will also take questions from online webinar participants.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR:  Members of the media and other guests can participate in the free public webinar by visiting  Under “Enter as Guest” add first and last name, then click “Enter Room.” The event livestream will open approximately 5 minutes before the start of the presentation. Use computer speakers for audio and the chat tool to ask questions. Questions will be addressed during the Q&A session following the panel presentation.

BACKGROUND: The goal of the Consortium is to promote positive change for New Jersey’s economy. Continuing an effort begun in 2007, Bloustein School Dean James W. Hughes and Marc D. Weiner, associate research professor, conducted a spring 2017 survey of New Jersey business leaders to identify essential economic indicators and market trends and explore how demographic changes are affecting business practices in New Jersey. The goal of the study is to aid in the development of policy recommendations to support stronger growth economy within New Jersey and the Northeast region.

Recognizing that “data drives change,” the findings of the study and insights from the panel discussion will be used to engage with policy makers, state agencies, and key trade associations to help improve New Jersey’s business climate, retain existing in-state companies, and attract out-of-state companies in the process of expansion and/or relocation.

The study and analysis were made possible by charitable contributions from CBRE, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP; PNC Financial Services, and Kimmerle Group.


Members of the media are invited to attend the LIVE event. To attend the in-person event, please contact Karyn Olsen at or 848-932-2814 by June 21.

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