The New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will host a second opportunity forum next week to help small, minority, women, and veteran-owned subcontracting companies (SMWVBEs) explore opportunities to work on state office building projects in Trenton.

The Small, Minority, Veteran, and Women-Owned Subcontractor Opportunity Event will take place on Monday, April 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Edison State University, Prudence Hall, 111 West State Street, Trenton.

The State Office Building Development Project is a partnership between the NJEDA and the state Department of Treasury, Division of Property Management and Consulting, to construct new Division of Taxation and Department of Health buildings in downtown Trenton. The project plans include a set-aside program with goals of ensuring at least 25 percent small business engagement, affirmative action hiring goals, and prevailing wage requirements.

“The administration is always striving to ensure an inclusive and level playing field when it comes to doing business with the state,” said State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio. “Our hope is that this follow-up opportunity will help open the door for more diverse businesses to participate in the upcoming construction phases.”

Representatives from Turner and Torcon — the developers overseeing the construction projects — will detail available subcontractor jobs while representatives from the Department of the Treasury, the NJ Business Action Center, the Department of Labor, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the Veterans Chamber of Commerce, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will provide information and advice on the steps subcontractors must take to qualify for these jobs and bid on projects.

“So many small subcontractors are ready to take on these jobs and would succeed if given the chance,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. “This event is a crucial step forward that will allow Trenton businesses to contribute to this valuable project revitalizing our downtown.”

Vendors and contractors who cannot attend but are interested in learning about opportunities related to the State Office Building Development Project should contact Turner or Torcon directly. For inquiries related to the Health building, contact Turner Construction. To get involved with the Taxation building project, contact Torcon.

Management Moves

New Jersey SHARES, 1901 North Olden Avenue Extension, Suite 1A, Ewing 08618. 609-883-1626. Jim Jacob, executive director.

New Jersey SHARES, a nonprofit group that helps people who have trouble meeting their energy and utility burden, has appointed two new members to its board of directors: Samantha Plunkett of PFM Asset Management LLC and Tiffany Stewart.

“We are happy to welcome Samantha and Tiffany, two talented and energetic young leaders, to our board of directors,” said Cheryl B. Stowell, CEO of New Jersey SHARES. “I know their experience and expertise will be valuable assets to our Board.”

Samantha Plunkett is a senior analyst for PFM Asset Management LLC in Princeton. Tiffany Stewart runs her own law firm in Newark. She also works for the City of Newark, ensuring environmental regulatory compliance on a state and federal level for the city’s utility.


Katharine Salter Pinneo, 88, on March 16. She worked to advance social justice and equality in a career focused on healthcare policy. She worked for Planned Parenthood, the Carnegie Foundation, the New Jersey League of Women Voters, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Forums Institute in Princeton.

Elizabeth C. “Betty” McGrail, 79, on March 29. She worked in test development at Educational Testing Service.

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