Beth Simone Noveck Named N.J.’s First Chief Innovation Officer

Beth Simone NoveckBeth Simone Noveck will be the state’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Her role will task her with many important responsibilities that will directly affect New Jersey’s economy. We wish her well, as other states are increasingly eager to poach our companies and people:

“Gov. Phil Murphy named New Jersey’s first chief innovation officer, his administration announced Monday. Beth Simone Noveck will be taking on the role. Murphy said the appointment comes from his promise to spur and expand an innovation economy in New Jersey. In her role, Noveck will be responsible for..Designing and deploying government services; Solving public problems through new technologies and collaborating with other governments, the private sector and higher education; … Read More >

New Jersey to offer Millions in Entertainment Tax Credits

Entertainment Tax CreditsNew Jersey is back in the film and television business and will provide millions in entertainment tax credits. Will we see Game of Thrones: Jersey Shore Edition?

“Gov. Phil Murphy signed a much-anticipated bill that would provide upward of $85 million in film tax credits a year, in an effort to bolster the state’s film industry. The bill…was tweaked following a conditional veto by Murphy, so that the bill’s proponents would insert language covering reality TV shows, which had been previously excluded. Senate Bill 122, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, would restore tax-credit incentives for New Jersey-based productions… Read More >

New Jersey CTO Chris Rein to Centralize State IT

New Jersey CTO Chris ReinNew Jersey CTO Chris Rein will look to centralize State IT assets and hopefully modernize them as well.

“New Jersey’s second-ever dedicated chief technology officer, Chris Rein, said he’ll be taking a close look at the state’s ongoing IT consolidation and making recommendations to the governor…As CTO, Rein said he has several distinct challenges including stabilizing and improving the state’s existing IT infrastructure in close collaboration with its cybersecurity team. The goal, he noted, is to try to drive that innovation while ensuring heavily utilized government services like unemployment insurance and the Department of Motor Vehicles become more seamless.”

Read: IT Centralization, Relationship Building Among Focuses For New Jersey CTO at NJTechWeekly

State Unveils Research with NJ Database to Foster Collaboration

Research With NJ DatabaseThe new Research with NJ Database promises to be an interesting source of information, and one that may help foster innovation, collaboration and partnerships in STEM and other areas.

“New Jersey government, higher education, and science and technology officials announce the Research with NJ database at the 2018 BIO International Convention. New Jersey unveiled Research with NJ, a database aimed at boosting collaborations and relationships in STEM fields at five universities, Tuesday at the annual Biotechnology Innovation Organization conference. The new portal at is free to use and is intended to serve as a hub for businesses, universities, students and media….“Research with NJ will enhance our ability to present the full scope of what New Jersey can offer companies considering locating in the State,” Choose New Jersey CEO and President Jose Lozano said. “This valuable tool will be a boon to encouraging economic development in sectors known for creating good paying, skilled jobs.”

Read: State unveils Research with NJ database, to help STEM industries, N.J. universities collaborate better at ROI-NJ

Navigating Company Culture Key to Climbing the Tech Career Ladder

Climbing the Tech Career LadderClimbing the tech career ladder is not as simple as some would make it. Sometimes, guidance is needed and fortunately many groups exist that can help you think through the steps you need to take to continue your progress.

“Jenna Gaudio spoke to the Jersey Shore Women in Tech meetup (Asbury Park) in February about how to navigate a career in tech, using examples from her own climb up the ladder. “Whether you are at the top or just starting out, we all face issues along the way, and need help navigating them,” she told the group. People are told to “make it happen,” but they need to know how to get started, what to do if they fail and whom can they go to if they need help. That’s why groups like the Jersey Shore Women in Tech meetup group are important, she said.”

Read: Learning How to Navigate Company Culture Key to Climbing Tech Career Ladder at NJTechWeekly

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