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Celebrating 40 years of economic revitalization in Elizabeth

The Elizabeth Development Company honored several community members, including Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Mayor Chris Bollwage

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Residents of Elizabeth looked back at 40 years of accomplishments thanks tot he Elizabeth Development Company on Wednesday evening. The EDC is a public non-profit that works with the city and mayor to promote economic revitalization and to revitalize the city's neighborhoods.

"We enjoy linkage between the city and the city and the business community, and we do programs that benefit citizens like job training," said Bill O'Dea, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Development Company.

Among the group's achievements including bringing Elizabeth the Jersey Gardens Mall, the #1 tourist attraction in the state, drawing almost 20 million visitors in 2016.

The non-profit honored several neighborhood leaders, including State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who received the lifetime achievement award.

"He was instrumental in many of the economic development state legislation that enabled projects like the Jersey Gardens Mall to happen," O'Dea said.

Other honorees included Mayor Chris Bollwage, the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth, and Investors Bank, who won the community partner award.

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