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Mark Grier, Prudential Financial vice chairman and NJ Chamber board member Mark B. Grier, vice chairman with Prudential Financial and NJ Chamber board member, today spoke in support of Common Core State Standards and the controversial PARCC Statewide Exams that were implemented in the state's schools this year. Grier said the standards will help students emerge from high school better prepared for college and careers, and will give New Jersey a more skilled workforce.

2015 03 31 Minimum WageWatch Steven Pressman, an economics professor at MU and Michael Egenton, Senior VP of NJ Chamber of Commerce to talk about minimum wage on Another Thing with Larry Mendte.

2015 03 25 Chris Christie"There's an economic war going on out there," Michael Egenton, senior vice president of the statewide chamber group, told the state Assembly Budget Committee during its all-day public hearing today at the Statehouse that drew more than 75 people with thoughts about Gov. Chris Christie's proposed $33.8 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

2015 03 21 PARCCWe tend to think that millennials, who currently make up the youngest generation in the workforce, are highly advanced because they grew up immersed in transformative technology. However, this is not the case. According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), millennials in the United States rank near the bottom of all workers around the world in skills employers want most: literacy, practical math and even a category called "problem-solving in technology-rich environments."

Jobseekers'Ready to Work New Jersey' Connects the Long-term Unemployed with Companies Who Need Their Skills

They are called the "exhaustees."

They are men and women of every ilk, some with exceptional skills and talents. They have been desperately seeking work for a long time. They have exhausted their unemployment benefits, and they are – quite literally – exhausted and demoralized from their endless search for a good job.

2015 03 10 Rider UniversitySome of the region's top business leaders said Tuesday that education could be a powerful economic engine, but only if the state's colleges and universities strengthen its ties with the business community and forge more active partnerships.