The New Jersey Business and Industry Association held a special "Eds and Meds" event on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, October 31st, academic leaders, medical industry experts, entrepreneurs, the investor community and public officials gathered at the Camden Adventure Aquarium for the event "Eds and Meds: the Expanding South Jersey Ecosystem."
The goal of the event was to explore how to leverage the synergy of South Jersey's "Eds and Meds" ecosystem to grow the region's economy.
Officials say the key to New Jersey's economic success is increasing job opportunities to keep residents from needing to leave the state to find work elsewhere.
"When that student graduates high school and leaves the state of New Jersey to pursue post-secondary somewhere else, we're not mining that asset," said President and CEO of NJBIA, Michele Siekerka. "By making sure we keep them here to fill the jobs that we're trying to create on the other side. So we research, we find challenges, and then what we do is we bring the right people together to try and problem solve what do we do to address that."
The event featured two panel discussions, the first titled "Building a Foundation for Growth," explored how the Eds and Meds businesses in South Jersey are driving collaborative solutions for economic growth.
The second panel discussion, "Strengthening the Workforce Pipeline," focused on building career pathways to help create jobs, tax revenue and economic opportunity in the region.