KEARNY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today toured and met with small business owners at Kearny Point, a brand new, cutting-edge shared office space, home to dozens of start-ups, small businesses and professionals, to see first-hand how flex office space breeds collaboration and synergy to create opportunities in the new economy.
“Kearny Point is an innovative, collaborative workspace that breeds opportunity and growth in the 21st century economy,” said Sen. Menendez. “I talked with a whole host of small business owners who are collaborating together, some of them who have created businesses as a result of meeting each other there and came up with a new idea for a business that’s very successful, then hiring other people and making it a real opportunity for economic success. We want to see how we can create those opportunities so New Jerseyans get the jobs they need and can realize their hopes, dreams and aspirations. When we speak of growing our economy and creating jobs, this is what we need to be talking about in Washington.”
Kearny Point sits on the site of an historic Navy shipyard in Hudson County that once built destroyers during WWI and WWII, and later laid dormant for decades. The location is being redeveloped and transforming into revolutionary office space designed for the new economy that is both energy efficient and wired with the latest technology.
The senator toured the four-story, mixed-use office building whose tenants include tech start-ups, printing companies, photography studios, a vitamin manufacturer, specialty bake shops, a hair salon, among others. He stopped in and met with the owners of Pico Turbine, a high-tech 3-D printing company that makes furniture and prosthetics; Empower U, which develops therapeutic learning programs for children with autism; Pooka Products, a woman-owned natural beauty and body products company; and Adrienne Bridal, a bridal gown designer that recently relocated from New York to take advantage of the unique space and opportunity.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Menendez kicked-off his Jersey Jobs Tour at Union County College in Elizabeth where he introduced his Better Education and Skills Training (BEST) for America’s Workforce Act to help address our national skills gap. The legislation would create a competitive, $1 billion tax-credit program to encourage and expand job training partnerships between community colleges and local businesses looking to hire high-skilled workers. It would also provide local businesses that train and hire long-term unemployed workers up to $4,000 in tax credits for the tuition costs at a community college for each job filled that requires a specific certificate or other training credential.
Sen. Menendez plans to visit each of the state’s 21 counties in the coming weeks and months to meet with business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, students, and local leaders to discuss how to drive innovation, create greater economic opportunity, and deliver prosperity to the people of New Jersey.
Sen. Menendez’s Jersey Jobs Tour will include legislative initiatives, roundtable discussions, tours of local businesses, visits to new job training centers and other events focused on New Jersey’s diverse economy – from North Jersey’s bustling shipping industry and South Jersey’s cranberry bogs and blueberry fields to innovative sectors like healthcare, information technology, and the Jersey Shore’s thriving tourism, recreation, and fishing industries.
Throughout the senator’s travels across New Jersey, we’ll be keeping a Jersey Jobs Tour Travelblog with behind the scenes footage and photos, social media feeds of events, and full recaps of visits.
October 27, 2020