Menendez Visits Kearny Point Co-Working Space on Jersey Jobs Tour
State-of-the-art collaborative workspace fosters synergy, entrepreneurship in the new economy
When we drove through the entrance to Kearny Point, it felt like many of the other old industrial parks throughout the state. Located on the outskirts of Jersey City, the site was once home to the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, which built Navy destroyers during WWI and WWII.
But as we approached building 78, it was clear this was different. It felt revitalized. Modern. And distinctly 21st century.
Co-working is a pretty new phenomenon in New Jersey, so Senator Bob Menendez spent a recent afternoon in building 78 at Kearny Point, a brand new, collaborative office campus that reveals how technology is changing the way we work.
The second stop on Bob’s statewide Jersey Jobs Tour, Kearny Point showcased how more and more of today’s entrepreneurs are starting their businesses, not in storefronts, but in flexible, affordable and technologically advanced workspaces alongside other innovators.
At Kearny Point, 60% of the tenants are women and minority owned businesses. Most of the companies are small start-ups, others have relocated from New York City to set-up shop and take advantage of opportunities unique to New Jersey.
“I talked with a whole host of small business owners who are collaborating together, some of whom have created new businesses as a result of meeting each other at Kearny Point.
“We want to see how we can create those opportunities so New Jerseyans get the jobs they need and can realize their hopes, dreams and aspirations. When we speak of growing our economy and creating jobs, this is what we need to be talking about in Washington.”
-U.S. Senator Bob Menendez
Exploring the Revolution of 3D Printing
First, Bob checked out Pico Turbine and the chairs, tables and gadgets they printed — yes that’s right, they printed these products, and their sturdiness held up. Their office space, which felt more like a well-designed garage, had multiple 3D printers the size of computer desktops, and in the corner of an exposed brick wall sat the largest 3D printer in the state.
Bob spoke with Michael Rodriguez, who shared all the ways their engineers and educators — known as “PicoNauts” — are inspiring students to become future engineers. He also shared how 3D printing technology can reduce production costs and revolutionize manufacturing. Bob was even able to test the sturdiness of a 3D printed chair and use a sample prosthetic hand.
But that wasn’t all there was to see at Kearny Point.
Across the hall was Adrienne Bridal, a bridal gown designer who recently relocated from New York to take advantage of the unique space and opportunity.
And one floor up was Empower U, which develops therapeutic learning programs for children with autism. And in the basement Bob found Pooka Products, a woman-owned natural beauty and body products company.
See more about Bob’s trip on his website here.