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OFFICE OF INNOVATION
State of New Jersey

News

The latest news, articles, reports, and publications about innovation in the State of New Jersey.

COVERAGE: Workers fear losing full-time jobs, no training, corporate surveillance

State tax credits to encourage companies to offer worker training, 401(k)-style accounts to help people pay to learn new skills and a statewide platform that helps independent contractors get and use benefits are among the options a New Jersey task force studying the future of work is considering to meet some of workers’ major concerns.The New Jersey Future of Work Task Force, created by Gov. Phil Murphy in October 2018, is charged with preparing for both the opportunities and challenges that technology will bring to the state’s workforce. The group surveyed workers earlier this year about issues relating to technology’s impact on their jobs and has completed a report on its findings.

POST: How New Jersey Asked Workers About the Future of Work: The Importance of Partnership

An architect would never design a house without talking to the client, yet those who govern often create policy without the meaningful input of affected residents. That is why the New Jersey Future of Work Task Force went online in February 2020 to ask New Jersey residents what they felt were the challenges that technology posed to the future of work in order to inform the Task Force’s recommendations. Nearly 4,000 responded.

POST: What We Learned About the Future of Work from 4,000 Workers in New Jersey

The Future of Work Task Force, charged with understanding how coming changes in technology will impact New Jerseyans at work, is responsible for producing a comprehensive policy roadmap to prepare Garden State workers and businesses. In order to better understand the issues facing workers and businesses, the Task Force created a digital public engagement campaign, entitled “Your Future of Work,” asking the public to share their greatest concerns with regard to the impact of new technology on three policy areas: lifelong learning and skills, rights and benefits for workers, and workplace health and safety.

FEATURE: An Equity-Based Job Search Site with Heart Creates a Quiet Revolution in Public Problem Solving

Greg, an IT professional with a background in accounting, business intelligence and data analytics, left his job because he wanted to quit traveling and work closer to home. Four years later, he was still looking for work when he stumbled upon the New Jersey Career Network online. He had a strong resume and he’d already identified his career goals but his periodic internet searches were not yielding positive results. “I would spend time looking everywhere,” he said in an interview, “but not really having any documentation of what I did, who I spoke to, how many resumes I sent out.”

POST: Open Sourcing a New Approach to Serving Businesses in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Office of Innovation has been busy over the last several months in transforming the state government into a digital-first operation, enabling new online services that cover everything from COVID-19 health recommendations to internal supply chain check-ups. Officials worked with the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University to share the lessons they’ve learned, including that partnerships are crucial when dealing with an unprecedented crisis.

COVERAGE: New Jersey's innovation office shares digital service from the pandemic

New Jersey’s Office of Innovation has been busy over the last several months in transforming the state government into a digital-first operation, enabling new online services that cover everything from COVID-19 health recommendations to internal supply chain check-ups. Officials worked with the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University to share the lessons they’ve learned, including that partnerships are crucial when dealing with an unprecedented crisis.

POST: Four Ways State Government Digital Service Teams Can Support the COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has made the work of government agencies more critical than ever. States are fostering greater inter-department collaboration, innovating with the public, and ensuring their services are accessible to people in need. Digital service teams are partnering closely with experts across the government to accelerate this work.


COVERAGE: Labor Department launches online chatbot for most asked unemployment questions

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced on Monday it has launched a new chat feature on its unemployment website to enhance service amid the coronavirus pandemic.


INTERVIEW: Chief Innovation Officer discusses ‘peak’ and predictive modeling

Gov. Phil Murphy says the state’s best chance at fighting the coronavirus outbreak will be through a “data driven approach.” Senior Correspondent Briana Vannozzi spoke with the person behind the numbers, New Jersey's Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck.


COVERAGE: NJ’s newly-launched jobs portal attracts thousands of job hunters

Losing your job — even temporarily — is very stressful. And in the midst of the current health care crisis, far too many New Jerseyans are also feeling job and financial stress. A record number of people have filed for unemployment claims as COVID-19 has ravaged the economy. Efforts to help came quickly from state leaders. And days after businesses began closing, the Murphy administration launched a new COVID-19 jobs portal.

COVERAGE: Resources in Place for NJ Workers Dealt Blow By COVID-19 Job Losses

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. The jobs portal is available here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov. Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.

COVERAGE: New Jersey's new coronavirus website lets users ask questions

New Jersey residents with questions about coronavirus health measures, statistics or hygiene practices can now type them into the state’s new emergency coronavirus website and get an immediate response. The portal was launched by several state agencies in partnership with cloud software company Yext over the weekend. All 50 states have developed some kind of emergency response website to deal with an increase in coronavirus cases, which have surpassed 50,000 in the U.S.

PRESS RELEASE: New Jersey Launches Job Portal to Connect Out-of-Work Residents to Opportunities in Critical Industries

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. The jobs portal is available here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov. Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.

COVERAGE: New Jersey launches online portal to give residents accurate answers about COVID-19

The New Jersey Office of Innovation and Yext created an online portal tacking live state updates and orders, testing information and assistance information for businesses and employees. It also has a hub that presents the most researched questions, like “how can I prevent myself from getting the virus” and gives answers from scientists.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy Announces Launch of New Jersey COVID-19 Website

NEWARK – Governor Phil Murphy today announced the launch of the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, a new, visitor-friendly website available at covid19.nj.gov. The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State's response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance.

INTERVIEW: New America Publication, The Commons, Features Interview with Chief Innovation Officer & Digital Director on Starting an Innovation Team

TRENTON - In an interview with The Commons -- a digital publication led by the Public Interest Technology team at New America -- Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck, and the Office of Innovation’s digital director, Giuseppe Morgana, discussed the creation of the Office of Innovation, its mission, and offered their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of starting up innovation teams within government.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy Announces “Jobs NJ: Developing Talent to Grow Business in the Garden State”

EAST BRUNSWICK - Alongside students, educators, cabinet members, elected officials, and business community leaders, Governor Phil Murphy today unveiled his talent-based economic development strategy – “Jobs NJ: Developing Talent to Grow Business in the Garden State.” The new plan outlines initiatives to ensure all career-seeking New Jerseyans have the education and training necessary to access high-quality employment and ensure businesses and employers can quickly and efficiently fill their talent needs.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy, Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck Announce Winners of Innovation ENJINE Challenge

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy today announced five winning teams of the Innovation ENJINE Challenge, an open innovation competition launched this spring to elicit State employees’ unique perspectives and ideas to make government more effective and efficient. The ENJINE Challenge -- which is part of the State’s SmarterNJ initiative focused on creating new and innovative ways for the public to contribute meaningfully to the policymaking process -- is also among the first of the Governor’s and Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck’s efforts to encourage innovative public problem-solving and advance public entrepreneurship in New Jersey.

COVERAGE: NJEDA Podcast, ECONversations, features Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck

TRENTON - In this episode of ECONversations, which focused on the one-year anniversary of Governor Murphy’s economic plan, host Tai Cooper sat down with four of the most influential women in New Jersey to discuss how the agencies they lead contributed to building a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy over the past year and what they have planned for the future. Featured guests included Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis, and Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC), Melanie Willoughby.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy Marks One-Year Anniversary of Economic Plan

GLASSBORO - Governor Phil Murphy today touted his Administration’s economic successes over the past year as he marked the one-year anniversary of the release of his sweeping economic vision with a one-on-one discussion with New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairwoman Linda Bowden at Rowan University. The event included an announcement regarding the release of the new Business.NJ.gov beta website, which was developed by the Office of Innovation, in partnership with the Department of State’s Business Action Center and the NJ Economic Development Authority.

COVERAGE: New Jersey State Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck Appears on NJTV State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

NEWARK - In an interview on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato, New Jersey State Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck discusses her role as the State’s first Chief Innovation Officer, connections between higher education and New Jersey’s innovation economy, the importance of technology and data in helping government achieve policy and program outcomes, and the Administration’s efforts to equip the State’s workforce with the tools and skills to leverage new technology to solve public problems.

PRESS RELEASE: New Jersey to Host Garden State’s First Ever Summit to Connect Minority, Women, Veteran, & LGBTQ Businesses with Billion-Dollar Economic Engine

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy announced today that the State of New Jersey will host NJ Connects, the first-ever state summit designed to connect minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses with roughly one billion dollars in public and private sector contracting opportunities. In keeping with the Governor’s commitment to build a stronger and fairer economy, the summit – taking place in Newark on September 20 – is designed to create a more robust and diverse state contracting supply chain by fostering opportunities for minority, women, veteran, and LGBTQ business enterprises (MWVBE).

PRESS RELEASE: First Lady Tammy Murphy and NJEDA Announce Partnership with Golden Seeds to Increase Funding for Women-Led Startups

TRENTON - First Lady Tammy Murphy and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority today announced that the NJEDA Board of Directors approved a proposal to organize a New Jersey chapter of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor network dedicated to investing in women-led startup companies. The collaboration between First Lady Murphy’s Office, the Economic Development Authority, and Golden Seeds will advance Governor Phil Murphy’s efforts to make New Jersey the “State of Innovation” by providing new funding sources and mentorship opportunities for female entrepreneurs.

COVERAGE: Gov. Phil Murphy announces economic mission trip to India

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will lead a seven-day, six-city economic mission trip to India in September. The delegation will visit six cities, including Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Gandhinagar. The focus of the mission is to strengthen economic ties with one of New Jersey’s largest trade and investment partners, cultivate international investment opportunities in the Garden State, and deepen cultural and educational ties between New Jersey and India.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy Launches Innovation Skills Accelerator Training Program to Promote Innovation in Government

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced the launch of the New Jersey Innovation Skills Accelerator - a free, online program to train public officials to leverage new technology and data to drive innovation in their day-to-day work and tap into the intelligence and expertise of residents of the Garden State.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Permitting Operation of Low Speed E-Bikes and Motorized Scooters

TRENTON - As Governor Phil Murphy continues working to bolster New Jersey’s innovation economy, he signed legislation today (S731) that outlines regulations governing the use of low speed electric scooters and e-bikes. The bill calls for motorized scooters and e-bikes capable of traveling 20 miles per hour or slower to be regulated much the same as ordinary bicycles, allowing their operation on streets, highways, and bicycle paths in this State.

PRESS RELEASE: Online Land-use Permit System Will Improve DEP Efficiency and Public Transparency

TRENTON - In an effort that will significantly improve efficiency and transparency while reducing costs for businesses and residents, the Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new system that will allow applications for land-use permits to be submitted online. DEP’s efforts to bring additional services online advances Governor Murphy's commitment – made under his economic plan released last October and reinforced through Executive Order 63 – to modernize government services. The release also comes as the Administration works to digitize and streamline permitting processes across state government.