May-12-2014 Christie Administration Celebrates Key New Jersey Industry
Transportation, Logistics & Distribution Highlighted In Week-Long Series of Events
PATERSON, N.J., May 12, 2014 – The Christie Administration joined the state’s Transportation, Logistics and Distribution (TLD) Talent Network today in launching a week of events to underscore one of the Garden State’s most important industry clusters.
The kick-off was held at the Passaic County One-Stop Career Center with seminars for job-seekers on this growing industry and the skills needed for employment in a sector of the economy involving the transportation and distribution of goods. The transportation, logistics and distribution cluster employed 11.2 percent of private sector workers in 2012 and contributed $47.7 billion to the state’s Real Gross Domestic Product.
“New Jersey’s location between New York City and Philadelphia makes it one of the best areas in the nation for this industry cluster. We are within a day’s drive of 40 percent of the United States population, which purchases $2 trillion in merchandise every year,” said Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).
Catherine Starghill, Director of Field Services at LWD, toured the One-Stop workshop in Paterson where the TLD Talent Network connected with job-seekers.
The transportation, logistics and distribution industry cluster consists of industries within the wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing sectors. These industries can be further grouped by those related to transportation and those related to distribution.
The TLD Talent Network is one of the seven industry-focused talent networks created by the Administration of Governor Chris Christie to assist employers in those seven sectors, which employ more than two-thirds of New Jersey workers and pay more than two-thirds of the wages paid annually.
Talent Networks have transformed the traditional workforce model by treating employers as customers and engaging them to identify the relevant skills job-seekers need to obtain employment in the state’s most promising industries. The other six industry-focused Talent Networks were created around: Life Sciences; Health Care; Advanced Manufacturing; Financial Services; Technology and Entrepreneurship; and Retail, Hospitality and Tourism.
Other job-seeker events scheduled for this week highlighting the TLD industry cluster include:
· Jersey City Jersey Job Club Presentation, Jersey City One-Stop 438 Summit Ave. Jersey City, N.J., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Career Pathways - TLD Union County College Intro to Logistics Program 6:00 p.m.
- Plainfield Jersey Job Club Presentation, Plainfield One-Stop, 200 West Second St. Plainfield, N.J., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Presentation during Essex County Job Fair, Essex County College Gymnasium, 303 University Avenue, Newark, N.J. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Camden Jersey Job Club Presentation, Camden One-Stop, 2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave., Suite 102 Camden, N.J., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more information about the TLD and other major industry clusters, go to:
For more information about Talent Networks, go to:
Catherine Starghill, director of Workforce Field Services for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, spoke to job-seekers at the start of the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Industry Week kick-off at the Passaic County One-Stop Career Center. She was joined by (far left) Gregory Skelley, Director of the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Talent Network.