Luncheon to Feature Port Authority Economist



Friday, January 31, 2014 – Open to the Public


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership has announced that the January, 2014 Fifth Friday Friars Public Policy Luncheon will continue the Partnership’s focus on economic development issues, presenting featured speaker Dr. Alexander Heil, Chief Economist of the Port Authority of NY/NJ. The luncheon is scheduled for 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, 811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road, Bedminster, New Jersey. The business social begins at 12:00 Noon with the luncheon and discussion beginning at 12:30 P.M.


The Fifth Friday Friars Luncheon series continues a decade’s long tradition that brings together hundreds of business and community leaders for an informative and relaxing luncheon. The public policy luncheon speakers are selected for their experience and ability to generate the discussion on issues of concern to business leaders and policy makers. The luncheon regularly brings together nearly 150 business and public policy leaders from across Center New Jersey.


Dr. Alexander Heil is Chief Economist, Planning and Regional Development Department at the

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As Chief Economist, Dr. Heil provides strategic leadership on regional economic issues. Dr. Heil’s experience includes analyzing regional economic conditions, conducting regional cost benefit analysis, assessing the regional economic impacts of transportation investments, and undertaking economic and financial project evaluations.


“In a time of limited public resources, we need to insure that infrastructure investments improve our competitive position for growing jobs and attracting private sector economic investments.” commented Mike Kerwin, President/CEO of the Business Partnership. “As we enter 2014 and begin the work defined by the CEDS, the information imparted by Dr. Heil will be an important factor in our planning and implementation effort.”


Registration for the luncheon is $75 per person. Reservations may be made online at www.scbp.org, by calling 908-218-4300, faxing to 908-722-7823, or mailing a check payable to the Business Partnership to P.O. Box 833, Somerville, NJ 08876.


The Fifth Friday Friars Luncheon continues a decades long tradition begun by Dick Williams, former Somerset County Administrator, that brings together hundreds of business and community leaders for an informative and relaxing luncheon focusing on important public policy issues.



The Somerset County Business Partnership serves as central New Jersey’s regional Chamber of Commerce. Members and investors represent public, private and community organizations, working in partnership and dedicated to maintaining and promoting economic prosperity and quality of life in Somerset County.  The Somerset County Business Partnership is an essential partner for doing business in Somerset County, and as such is the premier regional business organization in New Jersey. The Business Partnership seeks to achieve four key outcomes; public leadership, advocacy, economic and community development, and value/engagement, providing LEADERSHIP, OPPORTUNITY, AND RESULTS to the Somerset County Business Community.

Pen Man January 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM
The Port Authority is nothing but a place for politicians to employee their friends and financial supporters. Dr. Heil is nothing but a political hack. I wouldn’t waste my time listening to someone like him who is so far detached from the reality of life in New Jersey. I’m sure he is clueless as to the real world! I wonder if the good Dr. Heil will touch on the subject political patronage jobs, or name which politician gave him this political plum, well paying, do nothing job? Dr. Heil and ten thousands other just like him is the reason NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation. Jersey is never going to change the only way to beat it is to leave this politically corrupt, godforsaken state.


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