As a way of continuing to encourage businesses to come to Monmouth County, my team and I are conducting ongoing Grow Monmouth presentations around the County.  In the past two weeks, we have completed presentations in Aberdeen and Bradley Beach.  Additionally, we are continuing work on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.  This week we have had roundtable discussions on topics that were suggested by the public during prior meetings. We have begun sending welcome letters to all new businesses registered within the county.  In less than a month, we have sent just over 90 letters offering assistance through the Grow Monmouth Initiative.

Additionally, a general Monmouth County tourism ad ran in the Great Vacation Getaways newspaper promotion (East coast edition) on April 7, 2013. The campaign has an internet tie in as well.  This week the Tourism department received 870 requests for information from interested visitors. There were 244 in-state requests and a total of 626 out-of-state requests from potential visitors. These types of numbers certainly indicate a reason for optimism regarding our 2013 Tourism Season. The Tourism office will continue to receive new leads as a result of this ad campaign through early June.

Lastly, Monmouth County still remains in the forefront for its Shared Services Program. We have recently renewed our commodity resale agreements with Allenhurst and Rumson and encourage all municipalities to act quickly to renew their agreements that expire in September 2013 so they can continue the economy of scale savings through this shared service for their municipality. Also, regarding Shared Services, I had the pleasure of attending the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Seminar in Atlantic City, New Jersey last week where I was asked to participate as a panelist with Senator Stephen Sweeney and a few other local elected officials to discuss the success of the Shared Services Program here in Monmouth County. As liaison to the Department of Shared Services, I was very proud to be able to represent the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Atlantic City and inform those in attendance of the great track record we are having with our Shared Services Program in Monmouth County.
 
Thomas A. Arnone is Freeholder Director, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders