A New Jersey non-profit organization will host a free webinar this week, focusing on topics such as cannabis legalization, and recovery from challenges faced in 2020 with COVID-19, employment, and education.
The webinar, “Looking Back & Looking Forward: A Reflection on 2020 and Hope for 2021,” is the fifth installment in the Corporation for New Jersey Local Media’s (CNJLM) Community Engagement series, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Hills Media Group (NJHMG).
“This has been a challenging year for us all,” says CNJLM Founding Chair Nic Platt. “But as an organization in our first year of existence, we have also seen tremendous courage, innovation, and progress on the local, regional, and national levels. Our board includes some of the finest thought leaders in New Jersey, and I am excited to bring some of them together to reflect on how 2020 has impacted our communities and to look forward with hope to 2021.”
The free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 7, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm and can be viewed on Facebook and Zoom.
The webinar panel will feature former Democratic counsel Fruqan Mouzon, who currently chairs the Cannabis Law Practice Group for McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
The Community Foundation of New Jersey’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Jordan Glatt will also speak during the webinar, as well as municipal government expert Marc Pfeiffer and Director Emerita of Rutgers University’s Center for Negotiation and Conflict Management, Linda Stamato.
Mouzon, Pfeiffer, and Stamato serve on the CNJLM advisory board, which functions as a project of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, where Glatt is the Director of Strategic Partnerships.
CNJLM Executive Director Amanda Richardson says, “This webinar brings together experts who can talk about the challenges and opportunities facing municipal governments throughout our region as they cope with new issues raised by the legalization of marijuana, increased pressure for shared services and K-12 school regionalization, and the long-term impact of COVID-19 on Main Street businesses and the hundreds of thousands who lost jobs that will be slow to come back or may not return at all.”