A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

I hope you’re having a safe and healthy start to the summer of 2016! Even though it’s vacation season, I’ve been hard at work improving our economy by helping small business owners grow and thrive here in New Jersey. I’ve continued advocating for our state’s veterans making sure they know their service is appreciated—not just with our words—but with our actions, and I kicked off our tourism season with VisitNJ’s new mobile app.I’m using the app to find ideas on where I should explore around our state so I can get outside this summer! New Jersey has so much to offer – you should check the app out, too!

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

I helped Liscio’s Italian Bakery celebrate the opening of their new 107,000-square-foot facility in Glassboro, which was supported by a Grow NJ award of $13.5 million in February 2014. This project retained 176 jobs and created 71 new jobs for New Jersey residents.

Recently, I had the opportunity to help break ground at Teligent, Inc.’s new plant expansion project. In 2015, Teligent, Inc. purchased additional property to undertake a 75,000-square-foot expansion of its facility in Buena Vista Township. The company plans to add an additional 100 jobs by 2017.

It was an honor to help United Health Foundation announce their $1.35 million grant to the Health Research and Education Trust— a subsidiary of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA). The grant will support a project to close the gap between providers and veterans by increasing awareness of the mental health support available to veterans and military families while improving mental health professionals’ skills in addressing veteran-specific issues and needs.

I was honored to speak to the members of the New Jersey American Legion about the urgent need to improve our nation's veteran healthcare system. As a mother with a son in the United States Air Force, this issue is especially meaningful to me. For those who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, the least we can do is repay the women and men of our military with the services and treatment they deserve.

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I attended the 4th Annual Diversity Expo hosted by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). The event honored the outgoing Consul General of Colombia, Christian Rodriguez, who returned to Colombia at the end of June. The SHCCNJ Diversity Expo brings together a network of individuals and organizations that focus on the importance of diversity in business.

I delivered remarks at the Men of Distinction Community Service Recognition Brunch hosted by the Greater Long Branch NAACP and “Men Make a Difference,” a West Orange-based organization. The event recognized those who have distinguished themselves as fathers, surrogate fathers and mentors in their families and in their communities.

I presented the Governor’s Cup to Cambridge School as part of the Students Change Hunger statewide food drive competition. The Governor’s Cup is an annual award presented to a New Jersey school that not only raises food and money, but also has most inventive marketing and fundraising efforts.
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