Guadagno joined by Camden Mayor Dana Redd, New Jersey State Senator Donald Norcross and special guest, former U.S. Ambassador Pamela Willeford to highlight business relocation and Investment in New Jersey
As part of her focus on promoting job growth and long-term economic recovery, New Jersey’s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno visited Catapult Learning, one of Camden’s newest corporate residents and contributor to the city’s revitalization. The visit included a tour of the company’s Ferry Terminal Building riverfront facility.
Catapult currently employs over 1800 New Jersey residents, nearly 40% of its national workforce.
Also in attendance were Mayor Chief of Staff Novell Starks Hinson, Offices of the Mayor – Ombudsman Vincent Basara, Lt. Governor’s Press Secretary Fred Snowflack, New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Caren Franzini, and Representative Joe Thomas from the City of Camden’s Economic Development.
“Catapult is a great New Jersey story,” said the Lt. Governor. “The view is great, the rent is cheap, and the people and facility are extremely impressive. This organization can be our ambassador for state growth and opportunity any day of the week.”
Mayor Redd was equally impressed, “We are excited and thankful to have Catapult as a part of our growing community. We look forward to seeing more private investment companies follow its lead. I anticipate future partnership opportunities with Catapult to help strengthen our school system and better educate our students.”
Catapult Learning’s President and CEO, Stuart Udell told the group, “Camden is a perfect fit; urban youth is 90% of our business. Be it public, private or charter schools at the end of the day our focus is to help ‘at-risk’ students succeed. Udell added “We’re comfortable in our new surroundings, and we’re very pleased with the move.”
The Lieutenant Governor and Mr. Udell addressed his role as Chairperson for the National Drop Out Prevention Center and discussed partnering on future philanthropic opportunities and community events. “I hope they stay for a long time,” said the Lt. Governor.