Resilience is a word that has been used in New Jersey most often in association with recovery from Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Eight years later, a different superstorm, COVID-19, has had a profound impact on our region while devastating the health and economic well-being of millions around the world. Our ability to bounce back will certainly be tested.
Simultaneously with the pandemic battle, there is national outrage over the murder of Black people by police, which has helped to accentuate the structural racism and discrimination that exists in this country. The facts tell us that the coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll on people of color – another sign that advancing racial equity is essential.
Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP) members along with Newark residents, leaders and stakeholders are standing tall amid these challenges with confidence that the City will recover and continue its ongoing revitalization. This section highlights the generous community spirit of anchor institutions, perseverance of Black entrepreneurs and the importance of NRBP’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative in a sustained effort to recruit believers in closing the race-based opportunity gap. Additionally, it reinforces the community spirit and collaboration by many smaller businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and government entities that also comprise NRBP.
Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka has been a forceful advocate for the City’s people whose leadership is respected and acknowledged as a key reason that peaceful protests in the City remained that way and will enable Newark to move forward.
NRBP has never been more proud to engage with and recognize the collective impact of its wide range of members and their employees – nonprofits, hospitals, colleges, small businesses, professional firms and corporations – who are helping to connect business for a GREATER Newark.
President & CEO
Barbara E. Kauffman
Executive Vice President & COO
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