Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/9/2021

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
November 8, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Federal infrastructure bill will send $12B to N.J.; and the N.J. Chamber advances a plan to double down on it to supercharge the state economy.
  • U.S. rules on international travel are changing, starting today.
  • CDC director: The U.S. is at risk of a severe flu season this year. 
Big News: Infrastructure Bill with $12 billion for NJ - and Funding for Gateway Tunnel - Passes the House, and Biden will Sign it
Long-awaited final approval for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill came late Friday night when the House voted to approve the measure and send it to President Biden who is expected to sign it. The legislation includes $12.3 billion for New Jersey’s roads, bridges and transit, as well as billions of dollars that can be tapped to build the Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River. (
NJ Chamber: Infrastructure Bill will Jump-Start NJ's Economy. To Parlay it, NJ Leaders Should Infuse Pandemic Aid into the Economy
"As the N.J. Chamber has advocated for months, state leaders need to release federal pandemic aid to help businesses overcome the obstacles that are preventing them from achieving the recovery they desire," N.J. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken said. The aid can can be used for sending capital to businesses that are still struggling; additional funding for Gov. Murphy’s “Return and Earn” program, which provides back-to-work bonuses and workforce development dollars to help alleviate worker shortages; and replenishing the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund so employers aren't socked with more tax increases to fill the fund. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
Affordable Energy for New Jersey
A Guide: How U.S. Rules on International Travel are Changing, Starting Today
The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada and most of Europe, providing a boost for the airline and tourism industries decimated by the pandemic. The U.S. will allow in international travelers, but they must be vaccinated — with few exceptions. Here are more details. (The Associated Press)
CDC Director: The U.S. is at Risk of a Severe Flu Season This Year
The U.S. population may have reduced immunity against influenza after seasonal flu cases reached an all-time low last year when large parts of the nation were shut down, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. (CNBC)
A Look at a Post-Pandemic World: Will Shots and Masks be Part of the New Normal?
With New Jersey roughly 75% vaccinated against COVID-19, people weary of the pandemic want to know what a post-pandemic world will look like. Will the new normal mean that COVID-19 becomes an endemic disease, more like the flu? Here's what experts are saying. (NJ Spotlight News)
Join Us on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Pines Manor in Edison for a Big Dinner Gala to Recognize Champions of Equal Opportunity
The N.J. Chamber & the African American Chamber of N.J. are hosting the Dinner Gala to honor the extraordinary activists. Guests will have a chance to celebrate these champions of equal opportunity and network with business leaders from across New Jersey in one of the state's big business events of 2021. Register here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
After a Drinking Water Crisis, Newark is Winning the War on Lead
Once castigated and sued over its sluggish response to the problem, the city is being held up as a potential national model. (The Associated Press)
We Love this Tourism Ad for the City of Newark
This 2-minute and 30-second video features the original song, "Welcome to Newark" featuring Mayor Ras J. Baraka and artists with ties to Newark and the area. It highlights Newark's musical contributions, entertainment venues, public art, parks, city streets, shopping and local restaurants. Take a look at it here. (Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,274
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,050,219
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,089,658
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