Lockwood to be part of forum

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood has been invited to join a business and government leaders’ forum sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

“I will pursue any opportunity to advocate on behalf of Middle Township.” he said in a prepared statement. “One of my top priorities is bringing quality jobs and first-class business development to our area.”

Lockwood will participate in the ICSC panel discussions, along with the mayors of Galloway Township and Atlantic City Sept. 11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. He will be joined by members of the township’s Economic Development Council.

The panelists will have the opportunity to present relevant statistics about what their communities have to offer retailers and other information. The panel will also be asked to discuss other areas, including infrastructure projects and redevelopment opportunities.

“This forum will offer a unique opportunity to make our case to a diverse group of retail industry leaders. I will be well prepared to discuss the many benefits our township can offer to businesses large and small,” Lockwood said.

Middle Township serves as the primary commercial district for the southern half of Cape May County and hosts ICSC members such as Walmart, WaWa, Lowe’s and ShopRite, according to a press release.

 “We need to maintain a strong working relationship with the large store representatives as well as small business owners if we are going to achieve balanced, sustained job growth in the township,” Lockwood said. “The foundation of those relationships are built on personal contacts and open lines of communication. By holding the line on taxes and creating an atmosphere in town hall that facilitates the path to opening a new business, the word is starting to spread that Middle Township is an ideal town for entrepreneurs, large and small, to make their dreams a reality.”

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