NEA Chairman Visits Trenton
to Mark State Arts Council's 50th
Trenton, NJ – Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts concluded a two-day visit to the Garden State celebrating the golden anniversary of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The event was held in the historic Assembly Chamber of the New Jersey State House, where the legislation establishing the State Arts Council was signed 50 years ago this week.
"Congratulations to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts on this wonderful milestone," said Chairman Chu. "In supporting artists and arts organizations throughout the state for the past 50 years, they have in turn strengthened all other aspects of New Jersey life, from the economy and education to health and community vitality."
The Council's Annual Meeting and Anniversary Celebration attracted hundreds of arts leaders. Along with many notable attendees and dignitaries, New Jersey's Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno joined the celebration to share her support for the state's Council on the Arts.
"This Administration firmly believes that the arts industry has played a critical role in shaping the New Jersey we all know and love today," said Lt. Governor Guadagno. "We remain resolutely committed to preserving New Jersey's status as a national leader in public support for the arts."
Acting Governor Guadagno Announces
Record Number of New NJ Businesses in 2015
Trenton, NJ – A sign of continued positive trends in New Jersey ‘s economy, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno announced the number of new businesses that filed to start operations in New Jersey last year soared to a record 97,835, the highest level in State history.
The 2015 level is higher than 2014, when 94,898 new businesses were formed, and continues the upward momentum of new filings since the start of the Christie Administration in 2010 when there were 80,773 new filings, according to the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.
"I am proud to announce that 2015 was a record year for business growth in New Jersey," Acting Governor Guadagno said. "More than 97,000 new businesses filed to begin work in our state last year which marks the highest level in New Jersey history. To put this into perspective, this marks a 21 percent increase in business filings since we came into office six years ago. Our administration stands ready with new and innovative tools to help all these new companies and prospective employers grow, create jobs and offer more prosperous opportunities for New Jersyans."
Lt. Governor Guadagno Attends
Jimmy’s Cookies Grand Opening
Trenton, NJ – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno joined Jimmy’s Cookies CEO, Howard Hirsch, for the grand opening of the company’s new facility in Clifton.
“Jimmy’s Cookies had the choice to take their business out of state, and instead showed their confidence in our economy and decided to relocate to a larger facility right here in New Jersey,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “It is important decisions like this that will save 43 people from losing their jobs and create nearly 80 new quality manufacturing jobs.”
Jimmy’s Cookies, a gourmet cookie and cookie dough manufacturer, first opened more than 30 years ago in a tiny Hungarian bakery in Manhattan. The company eventually relocated to a 30,000 square-foot facility in Fair Lawn before relocating to its new nearly 90,000 square-foot facility in Clifton.