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Welcome to the 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally!
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Friday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Economic Development & Land Conservation: Partnerships that Work

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Join us for a conversation with economic development managers from across New Jersey to learn more about what drives these managers to make decisions, how they think about nature in the planning process, and where the opportunities are for collaboration and shared resources. Land, rivers and coastlines provide many benefits to wildlife and people, such as clean water, tourism opportunities, soil for growing crops, commercial and recreation fisheries, and flood reduction. Conservation groups strive towards goals of healthy, resilient habitats for nature and people in both coastal and freshwater systems but may struggle to meet these goals due to inadequate resources. To truly scale up our conservation work, collaborating with new partners can help us attain shared goals for people and nature. Today we’ll get the conversation started with three panelists from diverse counties and projects from across the state and we welcome you to join the presentations and discussion.

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Speakers
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Marc Saluk

Economic Development Director, Hunterdon County
Marc has worked as an economic development professional primarily in rural settings and is currently the Economic Development Director for Hunterdon County, NJ. The nature of the county dictates that development move forward alongside conservation efforts and the county’s’ current model for growth reflects the strong relationship between the two initiatives.   Marc’s previous experience was 7 years as a county and regional-level economic... Read More →
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Elizabeth Schuster

Environmental Economist, The Nature Conservancy
Elizabeth joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 as an environmental economist and supports the marine and freshwater programs as well as collaborating with community economic development partners across the state. She also has experience in conservation and business management in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Since 1998, she has been working in project design and implementation with a focus on natural resource management and water... Read More →
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Diane Wieland

Direcrtor, Cape May County Department of Tourism
Diane Wieland, the Director of Tourism in Cape May, has supported the tourism industry for 30 years. She played a pivotal role in the growth of the industry to $6 billion in 2015. The Cape May County Department of Tourism has received 11 Excellence in Tourism awards from the State Division of Travel and Tourism. Wieland currently is working to expand ecotourism and agritourism in Cape May County.



Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom B Lower Level

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