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East Windsor, NJ, September 28, 2012 – Experts from across New Jersey gathered on Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor National Conference Center to further explain the new DEP Waiver Rule. Presented by the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the Growth Partnership of Central Jersey, the Essential Elements to Navigate the DEP Waiver Rule Economic Impact Forum brought professionals together to hear first-hand from the NJDEP, NJ Office of Planning Advocacy and others on the must-haves for submitting a proposal to the DEP for a waiver. 

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Mercer Chamber & NJ League of Municipalities Economic Impact Forum. (L-R) William Dressel, NJ State Leagues of Municipalities; Carol Beske, ACT Engineers, Inc.; Robert D. Prunetti, Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Janice Mironov, East Windsor Township; Thomas F. Carroll, III, Hill Wallack, LLP; Lewis Goldshore, Esq.; Irene Kropp, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection; Gerry Scharfenberger; NJ Office of Planning Advocacy; Eric Rosina, ACT Engineers, Inc.

“The Mercer Chamber is committed to informing our members of important issues, such as the DEP Waiver Rule,” said Robert D. Prunetti, President  & CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Through joint efforts with statewide organizations, such as the League, we look forward to future forums, such as this one, where businesses can learn first-hand about initiatives that could have a direct impact on the growth of their businesses.”

The panel of experts included: Irene Kropp, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP); Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Director, Office of Planning Advocacy; Thomas F. Carroll, III, Hill Wallack, LLP; Eric Rosina, ACT Engineers, Inc.; and Lewis Goldshore, Esq.

East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov, 1st Vice President to the NJ State League of Municipalities, stated, “This event represents the valuable partnership between the Mercer Chamber and the League. These two groups bring together business representatives to learn about and discuss important governmental issues that directly impact businesses in our communities.”

The DEP began accepting Waiver Rule applications on August 1st, is somewhat similar to the municipal zoning variance process, allowing some leeway to existing rules in certain, limited circumstances. This forum provided recommendations and tactics for any business considering submitting an application.

“We applaud the Chamber for its efforts in building bridges between municipal governments and business leaders by discussing important public policy matters like the DEP waiver process which will go a long way in kick starting economic development in the greater Mercer area,” said William Dressel, Executive Director of the NJ State League of Municipalities.

The Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce provides its members with advocacy representation, opportunities to build better business relationships and encourages economic growth and sustainability throughout Central New Jersey.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (609)689-9960 x21.


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