As listeners have heard discussed on prior GSI Briefing podcasts, states are in competition with each other, and even foreign countries, for jobs and investment. In our state, New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority, or NJEDA, has stated as their mission is to “make New Jersey a national model for sustainable and equitable economic growth by investing in communities, fostering innovation, and supporting industries with high quality-jobs in the State.”
Joining me this month to discuss New Jersey’s current economic performance and his outlook for our state is Tim Sullivan, who has served as CEO of the NJEDA since February 2018 and is a member of Governor Murphy’s Cabinet.
During his tenure, Tim has led the NJEDA’s transformation into a comprehensive economic development organization charged with implementing the Governor’s economic agenda. He has overseen the creation of new programs focused on New Jersey’s innovation economy and works to strengthen both emerging and historic sectors, support small businesses, and cultivate equitable community development.
Prior to joining the NJEDA, Tim Sullivan most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). There he oversaw State tourism and branding, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. His introduction to public service was as Chief of Staff to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the Bloomberg Administration.