May 28, 2009
Re: League and Health Care Institute Promote Health Care Reform
Although you were unable to attend our first meeting of the newly created WWFH, we wanted to report to you on our progress. Over 100 mayors, labor leaders, biopharmaceutical employees, and business leaders gathered in East Brunswick to discuss the 60,000 jobs that the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry has created in New Jersey. The meeting focused particularly on the 100 facilities in more than 70 communities, where this industry has made an investment.
The kickoff was a great start to a working partnership between municipalities that host biopharmaceutical facilities and the companies that employ men and woman all over the state. This partnership is an opportunity to join forces to improve America’s health care system, to protect our state’s biopharmaceutical industry, and strengthen our local economy.
As a Mayor, you understand the importance of these facilities to your communities and the tax ratables they generate. Many of your town’s citizens work for the biopharmaceutical industry – perhaps as a scientist, finding cures for the world’s most dreaded diseases, or as company executives, sales and marketing personnel, administrative assistants, or even as a member of a local law office, accounting firm, real estate agency or any number of different local businesses that work directly with the biopharmaceutical companies in your town.
Even if you represent a municipality that doesn’t host a facility, the value of this industry extends beyond municipal boundaries. In 2007, New Jersey’s pharmaceutical and medical technology companies donated more than $237 million in products and direct financial assistance to education, health care, community service and arts organizations throughout the state. But these companies are not just silent partners; they roll their sleeves up and get involved. The industry’s culture of community service has resulted in incomparable levels of employee volunteerism - from volunteering at local food banks, to Habitat for Humanity, to the United Way to numerous fundraising walks and runs - our employees take great pride in giving back to their community.
The time to get active is now! At the kickoff event, a speaker referenced the importance of the auto industry to Michigan and the oil and gas industries to Texas. The same holds true here in New Jersey. We cannot sit on the sidelines and watch our state’s most vital economic engine disappear just like the auto industry did in Michigan.
There were many of you who could not attend our kickoff event, so we would like for you to please join us for a short 15-minute conference call/webinar on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:30am to learn more about how you get involved and become an advocate for our future. Instructions and a call in number will follow your RSVP.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact John Duthie at the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey at 908-212-0333 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hon. Bob Franks, President Mayor Timothy McDonough
Health Care Institute of New Jersey Hope Township, President, New Jersey League of Municipalities