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Propelify Innovation Festival returns

Earlier this month, the Propelify Innovation Festival, powered by TechUnited:NJ, took place as a one-day, outdoor event on Oct. 6, at Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken. The event was streamed to participants worldwide. The Festival celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship, giving attendees a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and grow their businesses.

Propelify is known for serving talks that never shy away from harsh truths, and hosting heated debates and competitions. With entrepreneurship and innovation as the overarching topics of discussion, there were four main areas that the event explored: BetterPlanet – Clean technology, sustainability, and environmental justice; BetterConnected – Smart cities, IoT, and communication; BetterWellness – Health technology, pharma, and life sciences; and BetterTogether – Diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Chamber lists 2021 Hudson County Legends

Concluding its 133rd year, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the those who contribute to Hudson County on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson St., Jersey City.

The theme of this year’s LEGENDS celebration is “Together We Thrive”. There will be food, drinks, and entertainment for an evening of networking, supporting the local community, and celebrating Hudson County.

The 2021 Legends are as follows: Paul Hoffman, president & CEO, Liberty Science Center, Public Service Award; Philip F. McGovern Jr., Managing partner, Connell Foley, Iconic Leadership Award; Dr. Mary Kate Naatus, KPMG dean, Frank J. Guarini School of Business, Saint Peter’s University, Daryl Harrison Rand Leadership Award; Dr. Christopher Reber, president, Hudson County Community College, Spirit Award; Lord, Abbett & Co., Corporate Citizenship Award.

You can register to attend at

Mayor cites 2021 Hoboken Green Businesses

During the 10th Annual Hoboken Green Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla recognized over 30 businesses as 2021 Hoboken Green Businesses that are advancing sustainability and environmental responsibility.

This year’s recipients include: Alfalfa; Avocado Green Mattress; Better Life Pharmacy; BlackRail Coffee; Bone In Food; bwè kafe; Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café; Christina Andersen Floral Design; Hoboken Jengo; Hoboken Power Wash; Hudson Table; Lorraine’s House of Styles; Ma’s Gourmet Market; Makeup Artist Mama; Matter of Earth; Mint Market; My Conscience, My Choice; NANU Studio; Nurturing Life Acupuncture & Wellness; Organic Basic Food; PAYARU; Pilsener Haus & Biergarten; Purely Juiced; Pinpoint Wellness; St. Mary’s Advocates Thrift Store; Stevens Institute of Technology; The Cuddly Boutique; The Hive; The Little Grocery; The Salon at Hoboken; Urban Souls; and Vintage on First.

The Hoboken Green Team launched the Green Business Recognition Program in 2017 to distinguish local businesses that are committed to progressive and responsible environmental values.

To qualify, businesses completed the Green Business Pledge and Application on the Hoboken Green Team website. The Hoboken Green Team then reviewed the applications and determined that 32 businesses qualified for recognition as 2021 Hoboken Green Businesses.

Some examples of sustainable actions these businesses take include offering reusable utensils, using biodegradable or eco-friendly packaging, reducing food waste, recycling and composting, participating in environmental causes, and more.

For more information about the Hoboken Green Business Recognition Program, visit, follow the Green Team on Facebook @HobokenGreenTeam and on Instagram @Hoboken_Green.

LabCorp, Ocean Audiology choose Jersey City site

The KABR Group and Kushner announced on Thursday, Sept. 30, that LabCorp and Ocean Audiology have joined a growing roster of healthcare and professional services firms at its Class A building located at 26 Journal Square in Jersey City. Ocean Audiology and LabCorp signed leases for five and seven years, respectively.

The transformation of 26 Journal Square, built in 1926 and renovated in 2021, offers cosmetic upgrades, amenities package, and other innovations including a new lobby design highlighting the original Beaux Arts design, newly renovated elevator cabs with PurClean disinfecting technology, new bathrooms and fixtures on every floor, a new high-efficiency cooling tower, updated HVAC in tenant spaces and common areas with increased airflow, full-time on-site property management and security, tenant-shared conference room and amenity lounge, exterior street level signage available, fiber provided by Verizon FIOS and Comcast Business, and on-site parking.

Virtual video tours and 3D renderings are available at The website also features The Future of JSQ and the History of Journal Square. Space is available from 864 SF – 13,610 SF square feet. You can reach Grid Real Estate by contacting Bobby Antonicello, [email protected], (551) 795-2836; or Gregory D. Edgell, [email protected], (973) 610-5145.

RWJBarnabas facilities earn ‘Most Wired’ recognition

The annual “Healthcare’s Most Wired” survey, overseen by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), was recently released recognizing all RWJBarnabas Health’s Acute Care Hospitals with Most Wired status for 2021 with certification Performance Excellence Levels of eight and above.

Performance Excellence Level 9 was achieved by Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Organizations in Level 9 or 10 are recognized as leaders in healthcare technology. The use of innovative tech improves quality of care and patient experience, reduces costs, and gives broader patient access to healthcare services. Some of the advanced technologies used to achieve these outcomes include telehealth solutions, price-transparency and cost-analysis tools, access to data at the point of care, and tools to engage patients and their families throughout the care process.

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

This is the third year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. Each year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants.

For more information, click here. For more information about RWJBarnabas Health, visit

Local EXIT Realty offices welcome new members

Local EXIT Realty affiliated offices have announced the addition of the following individuals to their teams of real estate professionals:

Celine Pascual and Michael Meadows have joined EXIT on the Hudson Realty located at 867 Broadway, Bayonne.

Blanca Vargas, Jaime Vargas and Olga Rodriguez have joined EXIT Realty Group located at 6804 Bergenline Ave. Suite #2, Guttenberg.

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