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Governor’s Future of Work Task Force Selects New Jersey Big Data Alliance to Recommend Strategies that Enable New Jersey’s Workforce to Successfully Compete in the Data-Driven Economy

University consortium to create report to assist state in preparing for future of work

Governor Murphy recently established a Future of Work Task Force to examine how technological innovation will impact the development of jobs and the New Jersey economy. The task force will be developing a policy roadmap to enable the state to prepare for the future, and mitigate the potential economic effects of large-scale automation, as well as to take advantage of the opportunities these changes present. It is chaired by the new state Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Beth Simone Noveck.

A request for proposals was issued by the task force in early November for research projects that could examine the future of work as a result of technological changes. The proposal submitted by the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA), entitled New Jersey Big Data Workforce Roadmap: An Examination of the Challenges and Opportunities for New Jersey’s Workforce to Successfully Compete in the Data-Driven Economy, was selected for funding. Faculty and staff from NJBDA member institutions, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Montclair State University, will jointly conduct the research and prepare a report

The NJBDA is a consortium of 16 New Jersey universities, NJEdge, four industry partners and six government agencies working to expand availability of advanced computation technologies, expertise and education to academia, industry and government.  State Legislation passed in 2014 designated the NJBDA as “New Jersey’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Consortium”.

“The acceptance of NJBDA’s proposal aligns with our goal to further build New Jersey’s reputation as a leader in innovation and cutting-edge technology in the era of Big Data”, stated NJBDA President and co-founder, Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers.   “The NJBDA’s academic resources can be extremely valuable to the state as it develops policies and programs to prepare New Jersey workers to adapt to technological change and have access to good-paying and meaningful jobs.’”

Dr. Rashmi Jain, Chair and Professor, Department of Information Management and Business Analytics at Montclair State University adds, “we see this as a great opportunity to impact the future of New Jersey’s workforce and are very excited that we can contribute to this important project.”

The NJBDA is also planning its 6th annual symposium at New Jersey City University on April 5th, 2019. This year’s theme is “The Future of Big Data: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.”  For more information about the organization visit

About the New Jersey Big Data Alliance:

The NJBDA brings together the diverse advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and talent housed at the state’s universities and colleges and to identify areas of synergy, develop joint educational and research programs, provide advanced computation resources to industry, increase the competitiveness of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education and industry, and drive economic development in the state.

Membership in the NJBDA is open to higher education institutions, industry, government, and non-profits. Being a member of the NJBDA enables stakeholders to provide input and guidance on academic course development, topics for training and workshops, research needs and projects, and the strategic direction of the NJBDA.


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