Southern Ocean ‘State of the Chamber’ Means Business on Wednesday, Jan. 15

By Maria Scandale | Jan 10, 2020

Manahawkin, NJ — State of the Chamber is the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business event that updates on impactful issues affecting the regional economic community. The 2020 event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Holiday Inn Mainland/LBI ballroom, 151 Route 72 East in Manahawkin, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m.

Attendees will get firsthand information on the final phases of the Causeway Bridge Project as managers from the state Department of Transportation discuss the details of the new look and feel to the gateway to Long Beach Island.

George Kuhn, project manager, from Capital Project Management, and Vanessa Meades, regional coordinator, of Government and Community Relations for the DOT, will speak on final phases of the project.

Municipalities in the Downtown Driven project will also report on happenings in the boroughs of Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and Tuckerton and in Stafford, Barnegat and Little Egg Harbor townships. Representatives include Mayor Barbara Jo Crea  of Little Egg Harbor Township, Mayor Susan Marshall of Tuckerton, Mayor John Novak of Barnegat Township, Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis of Beach Haven and Mayor Greg Myhre of Stafford Township.

The morning will also allow attendees to meet new officers and the board of directors and hear about the rollout of new chamber programs. Learn how to be involved in the strategic planning schedule that will direct the local business community through the next decade.

State of the Chamber attendees will also see the exclusive premiere of the LBI Region 2020 commercial from the producers of “Just Beneath the Surface.”

A cost of $25 per person with an RSVP includes a breakfast buffet and time for networking. Cost at the door is $30. RSVP to the chamber office by calling 609-494-7211 or emailing

The event is sponsored by Ørsted energy company. —M.S.



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