John Goedecke, chairman of the Princeton chamber, and Jeannine Cimino, chairperson of the MIDJersey chamber, announced the consolidation on Thursday following the 2019 Mercer County Industry Update at the Mercer Oaks Club in Princeton Junction.
“We are thrilled that the MIDJersey Chamber is now part of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber,” Peter Crowley, CEO and president of the new chamber, said. “We recognize the significant and powerful impact this consolidation will have on our region, creating one unified voice and fiscally strong business organization promoting the interests of all companies, of all sizes, in central New Jersey.”
The new chamber will have Goedecke assume the role of chairperson until his term expires in December 2019. Brenda Ross-Dulan, chairperson elect, will take over come January 2020. Cimino and Bill Rue were also named vice chairpersons.
The chamber, which is based in Princeton, will serve more than 1,600 companies that employ a network of 350,000 employees from Mercer, Monmouth, Burlington, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon counties and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
It will continue to coordinate workshop programs, including networking and education for specific industry segments, including independent businesses, women in business, real estate, nonprofits, young professionals, international and global business, travel and tourism, economic development, technology, diversity and inclusion, and entrepreneurs.
“This historic combination brings together two organizations that share a rich history serving the business community of Central New Jersey,” Goedecke said. “The consolidation brings unparalleled business support, increased visibility and robust networking opportunities to our members and partners, as well as significant time and cost savings to the many companies in the region who were members of both chambers.”