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Chamber Forum to Discuss Local Impacts of Planned Offshore Wind Farm

ōrsted & Panelists to Inform on Jobs & Supply Chain Opportunities from Ocean Wind Project

Published Tuesday, February 4, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ— The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce plans to host an Ocean Wind Jobs Forum, which will inform the public on opportunities for local individuals and businesses to participate in the construction and operation of the Ocean Wind Project, an 1,100 MW offshore wind farm that will power more than half a million New Jersey homes and that will be located 15 miles off the Atlantic coast. The forum also will address potential opportunities and impacts of the project on Cape May County’s industries and economy.

            Ørsted, the renewable energy company leading the Ocean Wind Project, has announced that the project is expected to create 3,000+ jobs through the development and construction cycle, and that 69 full-time jobs will remain in place to operate and maintain the wind farm post-construction. Additionally, Tier One Suppliers, who provide parts and services to Ørsted, may expand employment opportunities as a result of the project.

Cape May County Chamber Chairman Doug Burke remarked, “The Ocean Wind project represents not only a step forward for sustainability, but also an economic opportunity for Cape May County. We want to be sure that as many jobs and supplier openings as possible are filled by Cape May County residents and businesses. The Chamber is determined to help our community access and realize the benefit of this significant offshore wind project.”  

            Members of the public seeking to work on the project, or local businesses considering becoming suppliers, will benefit from information presented at the Chamber’s planned February 25 event. Keynote Joseph Fiordaliso, President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, will speak about New Jersey’s commitment to offshore wind development and clean energy. A panel of local stakeholders will explain potential impacts and synergies of wind development for Cape May County, including economic impact, workforce development plans, and effects on the region’s major industries, including tourism and commercial fishing. Finally, representatives from Ørsted will review the project timeline and describe how to become involved. Lunch with networking meetings will follow the forum.

             “We look forward to engaging and connecting with local businesses and residents about how Ocean Wind is progressing,” said Kris Ohleth, senior stakeholder relations manager for Ørsted. “This is a new American industry and New Jersey is poised to be a key player within offshore wind, so we expect and welcome questions and comments. We remain open and eager to speak with the local community and share how offshore wind will spur economic opportunities across the region.”

            In addition to New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Fiordaliso, speakers include:

  • Doug Burke, Chairman of the Board, Cape May County Chamber
  • Diane Wieland, Tourism Director, County of Cape May
  • Jeff Kaelin, Director of Sustainability and Government Relations, Lund’s Fisheries
  • Sy Oytan, Director, Sector Development – Offshore Wind, NJ Economic Development Authority
  • Grant Van Wyngaarden, Senior Supply Chain Development Manager, Ørsted
  • Kris Ohleth, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Ørsted
  • Ørsted Tier One Supplier Representatives

            Two registration options are available: (1) for parties interested in attending only the informational program and (2) for those wishing to stay for lunch and engage in “match-making” meetings to network with Ørsted and Tier One Suppliers. The event, which will begin at 9am, is set to be held at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. Pre-registration is required and reservations may be made online at http://www.capemaycountychamber.com/CMCWindJobs or by calling 609-465-7181.  

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