Positioning Bergen County as a tourist destination will be the topic at the upcoming public forum on the Role of Economic Development, presented by Bergen LEADS, the premier civic leadership program for adults sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. The forum will be moderated by Jim Kirkos, CEO, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The event, sponsored by TD Bank, PSEG and Synetek Solutions, will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 3-5 pm at Bergen Community College’s Ciccone Theater, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required; call 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.
“Bergen County is home to rich cultural activities, world-renowned dining, historical and natural wonders, yet there is no unifying message that promotes tourism and visitation, and in a much larger sense, economic development” says William “Pat” Schuber, former Bergen County Executive and Bergen LEADS seminar director.
From Revolutionary War historical sites, to state-of-the-art shopping and dining, to nearly 9,000 acres of magnificent county parks, Bergen County offers a multitude of choices that make it a viable tourist destination.
The Bergen LEADS Class of 2012 will describe methods that can be used to create a BergenCounty brand, and offer a marketing strategy that will help the County claim its fair share of lucrative tourism revenue.
“With the Ironman Triathalon, Formula One racing, and of course, the 2014 Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium, this issue should be of vital interest to elected officials, business owners, non-profit executives, and the community at large,” says Mr. Schuber. “We urge them all to attend.”
The 24 men and women in the Bergen LEADS Class of 2012 have met monthly since September to dissect issues, debate viewpoints and get a first-hand look at Bergen County’s infrastructure. The economy impacts every issue explored: healthcare, education, the environment, government and public safety.
"Visitors and tourists ‘Love New York’ and are encouraged to ‘Do Atlantic City’. What about Bergen County? Why shouldn’t we get recognition?” asks Amanda Missey, Director of the Bergen LEADS program. “Our intention is for the Forum to spark open discussion on how we can best present Bergen County to the rest of the world.”
The Forum is the culmination of the seminar year for the Class of 2012. Members of the graduating class are: Karen Amy, Ramsey; Larry Bauer, Teaneck; Christopher Bennett, Englewood; Antonio Cammalleri, Haworth; Paul Casey, Union; Christopher Clark, Paramus; Thomas Colwell, Cresskill; Rick De Heer, Maywood; Detra DeNully, Hackensack.
Other members of the graduating class include: Shirley Ericson-Seay, Upper Saddle River; Allisyn Glasser, River Edge; Lisa Harry, Lodi; Larry Hlavenka, Jr., Westfield; Hans-Jurgen Lehmann, Ridgewood; Jovannie Lorenzo, Teaneck; Michele Ogden, River Edge; Jacey Raimondo, Wyckoff; Caffie Risher, Woodland Park; Gigi Sanders, Lodi; Matthew Tittle, Oradell; Neil Tow, Glen Rock; Michael Wilenta, Wyckoff; Jacqueline Wisner, Englewood; and Keith Zebroski, River Edge.
Founded by the Junior League in 1966, the mission of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County is to strengthen the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, operating direct service volunteer programs, building capacity for effective volunteering, and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs.