NAIOP New Jersey Student Members met with Choose New Jersey CEO Tracye McDaniel to share their perspectives on what the Garden State needs to do to attract and retain the young talent that 21st century employers are seeking. In the resulting exchange of ideas, McDaniel explained what the state is doing to attract and retain businesses, and the student members offered their views on what makes a city "cool" and attractive.

Seated (L-R) are student members Areej Sabzwari, Portia Henry and Lizzie Browder. Standing (L-R) are NAIOP New Jersey CEO Michael McGuinness, student member Jackie Wu, Tracye McDaniel, and student members Joe Zagari and Jonathan Scharff. Mark Russo participated via conference call.

Choose New Jersey is one of four organizations marketing the Garden State for economic development, joining the New Jersey EDA, the Business Action Center, and the Department of Higher Education in that effort.

NAIOP New Jersey's September 30 Chapter Meeting, "Surfing Waves of Change - The CEO Perspective," will include a special presentation based on the meeting, focusing on what the students had to say and how Choose New Jersey and other state agencies are responding. The meeting will also feature Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Jonathan Kushner of The KRE Group, Nick Chasinov of Teknicks and Don Katz of Audible. Register now at http://www.naiopnj.org/.