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March 24, 2017

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AMTRAK GATEWAY PROJECT WOULD MEAN 4-TO-1 ECONOMIC PAYBACK
A new Amtrak report says the $25 billion Gateway rail project between New Jersey and New York, would generate $4 for every one spent, according to a summary released by Amtrak.

Elected leaders are calling on President Trump to prioritize Gateway as he pushes for $1 trillion in public and private infrastructure spending. 

Gateway would double service for New Jersey Transit and Amtrak customers to Manhattan, spur job growth and fortify a system that sustained widespread damage from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the report said. The new tunnel is scheduled to open in 2025, with the entire project complete in 2030.
THREE SOUTH JERSEY FIRMS TO BUILD OFFICE TOWER IN CAMDEN 

Three South Jersey companies seeking to move to Camden have received approval from the state Economic Development Authority for tax incentives worth $245 million.
Conner Strong & Buckelew, based in Marlton, along with the Michaels Organization and NFI, plan to build a $245 million, 18-story office tower on the waterfront as part of a development project already underway. According to the proposal, the completed building would be the tallest structure on the waterfront.
The proposal includes a piazza that would overlook the Delaware River with views of the Philadelphia skyline. It would move almost 900 existing jobs into Camden and could be ready for occupancy by August 2019.
UPCOMING EVENTS 

4/7/17 - Burlington County Alliance for Action, click here to register. 

4/26/17 - Higher Education Construction Conference, click here to register.  

5/8/17 - Golf Classic - ONLY A FEW FOURSOMES LEFT,  click here to register. 

5/16/17 - NJ Statewide Transportation Conference, click here to register. 

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

  • David Robbins was promoted to President of South Jersey Gas.
  • Seton Hall University announced  Mary Meehan has been appointed interim President of the college. 
SUPPORT NEEDED FOR JCP&L PROJECT 

JCP&L's plan to build a new 10 mile transmission line needs your help.  Once constructed, the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a 230-kilovolt transmission line along an existing rail line will provide a stronger and more modern electrical system for more than 200,000 customers in 40 municipalities. A public hearing on the proposal will be held next week.  Please write letters of support to
 
Honorable Gail Cookson
Administrative Law Judge
MCRP
P.O. Box 605
Trenton, NJ  08604-9802
 
Supporters can also sign an on-line petition at http://monmouthreliability.com/support/.  The current electric system violates federal reliability criteria and the regional grid operator says electrical system fails to meet minimum requirements.  
SPECTRA ENERGY PARTNERS TO PURCHASE PSEG EQUITY POSITION IN PENNEAST PIPELINE PROJECT 

PennEast Pipeline Company LLC announced that Spectra Energy Partners, LP, has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire from PSEG Power LLC, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., its 10 percent minority equity position in the PennEast interstate natural gas pipeline project (PennEast).
Bill Levis, president of PSEG Power, emphasized PSEG will remain a PennEast customer for its committed capacity.
PennEast received a positive Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is on track to receive the Final Environmental Impact Statement in April. These are key milestones as the Project continues to advance toward providing a more secure energy future for the region when it goes into service in the second half of 2018.
FORMER ATLANTIC CLUB TO BE CONVERTED TO INDOOR WATER PARK 

R&R Development Group has entered into an agreement to purchase the shuttered Atlantic Club casino in Atlantic City and convert the property into a large-scale indoor water park.

Plans for the site, which will be named Dolphin Village at Atlantic Club, include a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park, hotel rooms, restaurants and an arcade space.

The developer will put more than $135 million into the building and while construction on the water park could take one to two years, over 300 rooms could become available by this fall.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Online News Now - March 3, 2017

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March 3, 2017

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In This Issue
TRUMP'S
TRANSPORTATION PLAN AND ITS IMPACT ON NEW JERSEY  

What does a $1.94 billion capital plan buy in road and bridge construction? The New Jersey Department of Transportation has several massive ongoing projects under way to build new bridges, rehabilitate existing spans and to uncomplicate some complicated interchanges between major highways.
 
Click here to read the full story from Larry Higgs, NJ Advance Media.  
AMERICAN WATER BUILDING UNDERWAY IN CAMDEN
 
Construction has begun on the future site of American Water Co. headquarters along the Delaware River.

Nearly 700 employees will call the five-story, 220,000-square-foot building home when it opens late next year.

The American Water building and other development on the waterfront have been hailed as significant steps toward the rebirth of the city.

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
  • Christine D'Agostino, Vice President of Operations for the Carpenter Contractor Trust was recognized by NJ BIZ as one of 2017's Best 50 Women in Business. 
  • New York American Water announced  it has named Carmen Tierno its new President, effective March 1, 2017. 
  • George Pallas has been named Managing Partner of Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Furman
UPCOMING EVENTS 

3/9/17 - Getting The Work Out with NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steven Santoro, click here to register.

3/21/17 - Middlesex County Alliance for Action, click here to register. 

3/24/17 - Where the Work Is!, click here to register.  
SOUTH JERSEY PIPELINE WINS APPROVAL FROM PINELANDS COMMISSION  

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission has approved a construction of the B.L. England natural gas pipeline from Millville to an energy plant in Upper Township in Cape May.
The 9-5 vote, with one abstention, came as environmental protesters held signs and called on commissioners to vote no.

The 22-mile pipeline will run mostly under existing Routes 49 and 50 from Estell Manor to Beesleys Point, with about 15 miles traveling through the Pinelands and requiring the commission's approval.

South Jersey Gas says the pipeline is needed to reinforce the supply system for 142,000 customers in South Jersey. Right now, only one natural gas pipeline services those customers.

"Our recommendation carefully balances the energy demands of 142,000 customers in Cape May and Atlantic counties, and protects and creates jobs while operating responsibly within the Pinelands," said Jeff DuBois, South Jersey Industry's executive vice president and COO, in a Jan. 23 press release.

SJI said the project will also help the electric-generating facility B.L. England convert from coal and oil to cleaner-burning natural gas. DuBois said the project would make the facility one of the cleanest power plants in the state.

TAJ MAHAL TO REOPEN AS HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO  

Carl Icahn, Owner of the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City announced that a group of investors, led by Hard Rock International, have agreed to buy the property.
The deal could bring 3,000 temporary and permanent jobs to the city.
 
The property will be known as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
 
Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, said the company will invest $300 million in the property

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On Line News Now - February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

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NJ's Leading Infrastructure Projects 


On February 10th we held our 6th Annual NJ's Leading Infrastructure Projects Awards Breakfast, click here to view the photo gallery. 
In This Issue
ALLIANCE MOURNS TWO FRIENDS 

Alliance for Action members and friends are grieving yesterday's passing of Jamie Fox.  The long-time political leader's career spanned four decades.  He was Governor McGreevey's Chief of Staff and Transportation Commissioner and came back years later to work as DOT Commissioner under Governor Christie.  Fox also worked for Senators Frank Lautenberg, Jon Corzine and Bob Torricelli.  Alliance for Action President Phil Beachem said Fox was "One of the guys you could always count on to be fair and give you a straight answer.  And despite the importance of the issues he was working on, he never took himself too seriously."

Caren Franzini who was a leader in economic development for public and private programs for two decades, passed away in late January.  She headed the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) from 1994 to 2012.

Alliance President Philip K. Beachem, noted that Franzini was a member of the Alliance for Action Board of Directors and said she was in the forefront of helping to finance and encourage development projects in New Jersey's cities as well as small businesses and communities. 

Beachem went on to say that she worked cooperatively with the Alliance to bring her competency  and experience to infrastructure projects that served the economy and quality of life for the state's residents. 


NEW JERSEY'S LEADING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TAKE CENTER STAGE

The Alliance for Action honored nineteen innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives at its sixth annual New Jersey's Leading Infrastructure Projects awards program.  Alliance President Philip K. Beachem said the awarded projects included transportation, healthcare, utility, beach nourishment, education and retail initiatives, including: 

Absecon Island Beach Nourishment Project

Atlantic City Electric's High Street Substation & Transmission Improvement Project

JCP&L's Englishtown-Wyckoff Street Transmission Line Project

Middlesex County Utilities Authority's Sayreville Pump Station Storm Damage Project

Hahne & Company Building Development Project in Newark

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New Jersey American Water's Oak Glen Water Treatment Plant

NJIT's Wellness and Events Center Project

One Theater Square in Newark Project

Port Newark Berth 14 Reconstruction Project

PSE&G's Gas System Modernization Program

PSEG  Power Sewaren Generating Station Project

Middlesex County Utilities Authority's Edison Pump Station Storm Damage Project

Route 280 & Route 21 Interchange Project 

Rowan Boulevard Phase A-3 Project

Rutgers University's Camden Nursing & Science Building Project

Stevens Institute Academic Gateway Project

Stockton University - Atlantic City Gateway Project

Trenton Central High School Project

LG BREAKS GROUND FOR $300 MILLION HEADQUARTERS CAMPUS 

LG Electronics North America has broken ground on its much anticipated $300 million new North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs.

LG says the 350,000 square foot campus project will feature four and five story wings, create 2,000 construction jobs and allow the firm to double its local employment by more than 1,000 people by 2019.  

NJ AMERICAN WATER INVESTS $5.8M IN MORRIS, SOMERSET AND UNION COUNTIES 

New Jersey American Water said it will invest $5.8 million in new water mains in Morris, Somerset and Union counties.

Some of the soon-to-be-replaced pipes were installed more than 90 years ago.  

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
  • American Water announced it has named Robert MacLean President of New Jersey American Water and Senior Vice President of its Eastern division, effective March 1.  MacLean will replace William Varley, who was recently appointed Senior Vice President of American Water's Midwest division.
  • KyuJung Whang, has been named Princeton University's next Vice President for Facilities.
  • Gannett Fleming has named Paul D. Nowicki, PE, as president and chief operating officer.
  • Boswell Engineering has promoted Joseph A. Pomante, P.E. to Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
  • Armand Corporation, a construction management firm celebrating its 25th year in business, has moved its New Jersey headquarters to the City of Camden.
  • David Shulkin, former President of Morristown Medical Center and former Vice President of Atlantic Health System, has been named Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Trump.
  • Stokes Creative Group, Inc. has announced that five employees have been awarded partial ownership of the South Jersey public relations firm: Diane Konopka, Operations and Personnel Manager; Matthew Touhey, Production Manager; Patty Egan, Business Development Manager; Qiao Wu, Project Manager for the Tappan Zee Bridge project; and Sam Capri, Chief Operations Officer.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

2/28/17 - Hudson County Alliance for Action, click here to register. 

3/9/17 - Getting The Work Out with NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steven Santoro, click here to register.

3/24/17 - Where the Work Is!, click here to register.  
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES LARGEST EVER $32.2 BILLION 10-YEAR CAPITAL PLAN

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners have approved the agency's largest ever $32.2 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan, which is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in overall economic activity for the region.

The plan calls for $11.6 billion in major redevelopment airport projects, $10 billion in tunnel (including the Gateway Tunnel), bridges and terminal work, money to begin planning for a new bus terminal, funds for a PATH extension and other critical upgrades.

The plan's multi-billion investment is expected to result in the creation of 235,400 job years, $20 billion in total wages and $56 billion in overall economic activity.   

HOLTEC BEGINS MOVING STAFF FROM MARLTON TO CAMDEN WATERFRONT  

Holtec International, the energy technology company, announced it will begin relocating staff from its Marlton location to a new $312 million campus on the Camden waterfront.  

The company reported the new location will have a 600,000-square-foot manufacturing and technology center that will house nearly 400 employees.  In 2014, Holtec received approval from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority for up to $200 million in incentives for the move. 

SUPPORT PENNEAST

The PennEast Pipeline project has received a key water quality certification from the state of Pennsylvania. This is the second government agency to find that PennEast Pipeline can be constructed with minimal impacts on the environment. You can read the news by visiting this link.
While we await federal approval of the project to deliver lower-cost, cleaner-burning and more reliable natural gas to local families and businesses, it's imperative that your elected officials hear from Alliance for Action members. Click here for more information. 

VOTERS APPROVE $85M FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION 

On January 24, 2017, voters approved school construction proposals totaling nearly $85 million in four districts, 100% of the proposed projects. All were eligible for state funding to cover part of the cost. The projects are in Weehawken, East Amwell Township, Manasquan and Pinelands Regional School District. 

NEWARK TO REDEVELOP AROUND PRU CENTER DOWNTOWN AREA

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced a plan to redevelop a downtown 22-acre site at the foot of the Prudential Center.  

The project will include a park, retail and commercial space.  Through reuse of a warehouse along McCarter Highway, it will connect the popular Ironbound area to Newark Penn Station. 

Baraka reported that Mulberry Commons has received more than $100 million from private investors and expects to receive an additional $10 million in public funding 

NJ TRANSIT APPROVES ADDITIONAL $32.5M FOR RAIL SAFETY SYSTEM 

Implementation of a Positive Train Control, a federally funded rail safety system, cleared another hurdle when NJ Transit officials approved a new $32 million expenditure. 

The additional funding will help Parsons Transportation Group run a second shift order to install the $320 million system by the December 2018 deadline. 

Positive Train Control is a computer and radio system that slows or stops a train if the operator fails to obey signals or speed limits. Some of the costs will be reimbursed by Metro North and freight railroads, which use NJ Transit tracks.

BPU REPORT ON 2016 RESULTS AND 2017 CHALLENGES ISSUED

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has issued its report on major accomplishments of 2016 and the challenges of 2017.  The reports on 2016 overview and 2017 focus were issued by BPU President Richard Mroz.

Mroz reported that progress in 2016 continued on the New Jersey Energy Master Plan and the decrease in retail electric prices.  He said natural gas prices have dropped and stated that 2016 included infrastructure improvement programs, energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.  He stressed that future challenges include a busy docket of rate cases and financial viability of our utility companies.

For additional information click here.

BLUE APRON BUILDING FULFILLMENT CENTER IN LINDEN 

Blue Apron, a leading fresh meal kit delivery company based in New York City, announced plans to expand its operations and employ over 2,000 people in New Jersey, with the construction and opening of a new 495,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Linden later this year.

BARNABAS AND RUTGERS PARTNER ON SPORTS MEDICINE FACILITY 

Ground was broken for the RWJBarnabas Athletic Performance Center that will provide Rutgers' over 625 NCAA Intercollegiate athletes with an extensive array of health care services.  The new facility will be adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) in Piscataway.
                
Barnabas Health President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky and Rutgers President Robert Barchi led the ceremony. The facility is scheduled for completion by July 2019.

$47M AWARDED TO RENOVATE HISTORIC TRAIN STATION IN PERTH AMBOY

NJ Transit has committed nearly $47 million for renovations and improvements to the Perth Amboy station, located on the North Jersey Coast Line.  Many of the improvements will focus on improving accessibility to people with disabilities.