REGIONAL CENTER REORGANIZES FOR 2020 Partnership Welcomes New Members & Sets Upcoming Agenda

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Regional Center Partnership of Somerset County has met to reorganize for 2020, elected a slate of officers for a two-year term, and welcomed new members from the three participating communities of Bridgewater, Raritan, and Somerville, set the major projects aganda for the coming year.

The Regional Center Partnership serves as the board of the Somerset County Regional Center (SCRC) and addresses quality-of-life issues, obstacles, and projects that are multi-municipal in nature. The group meets to plan and facilitate the advancement of the goals and objectives for the SCRC and further the mission of creating “vibrant connections” throughout Somerset County.

New to the Partnership for 2020 are Mayors Matthew Moench of Bridgewater and Zachary Bray of Raritan; Administrator Michael Pappas and private sector representative Andrew Fesco of Bridgewater; Councilman Michael Patente and private/institutional sector representative Nick Zamora of Raritan; and Deidre Rosinski, Somerville Planning Board representative.

Re-elected as officers for 2020 and 2021 were Chairman Troy Fischer, Bridgewater Commons; Vice-chair Jason Dameo, Dameo Trucking; Treasurer Victoria Allen, RWJ Barnabas Health; and Secretary James Ruggieri, Somerset County Planning Division.

Among the initiatives for 2020 is a newly revised Challenge Grant Program that will be offered to give the towns the ability to propose utilizing the funds towards a priority of their local master plans with the stipulation that the project or planning initiative is consistent with one of the SCRC Strategic Plan’s four themes, Health and Wellness, Resiliency, Embracing the Raritan River, and Job Growth and Private Sector Investment.

In addition, the Regional Center Partnership will continue to work in collaboration with the Somerset County Business Partnership to advocate for a new state business/economic development incentive program that will be more equitable for suburban areas like the Regional Center and Somerset County when those areas are applying for incentive assistance.

The Regional Center Partnership meets on the third Wednesday of March, May, July, September, and Thursday, November 12, 2020. Meetings are at 5:00 P.M. in the Engineering Conference Room, 2nd Floor, County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ.

Details on all Regional Center accomplishments and programs is available online at www.regionalcenterpartnership.org.

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