The partnership’s goal is to develop activities that will address the business needs and challenges of SCBP members, as well as workforce development, talent acquisition and ways to leverage faculty expertise. SCBP, which serves as the county’s chamber of commerce, is working with the Rutgers office of research and economic development to survey its members in order to craft the most relevant programs, it said.
“This agreement will make it easier for Somerset County businesses to engage with Rutgers and take advantage of the tremendous resources that Rutgers offers,” Mike Kerwin, CEO and president of SCBP, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to collaborating with Rutgers and serving as a platform for Rutgers to effectively communicate with the Somerset County business community.”
The partnership could include Rutgers faculty speaking at panel discussions, SCBP members attending Rutgers events and more, SCBP said.
“This initiative matches our strategic objective to expand the depth and scope of the university’s collaborations with industry in New Jersey and the surrounding region,” Christopher Molloy, senior vice president of Rutgers’ office of research and economic development, said in a statement.
Kerwin added that the SCBP hopes to build stronger connections between business and higher education. The Rutgers partnership follows workforce initiatives with Raritan Valley Community College and a report on Somerset County attracting millennials that was produced by Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.