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Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA), the Regional Transportation Management Association for Mercer and Ocean counties, recognized 18 businesses as the 2015 “New Jersey Smart Workplaces” during GMTMA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, on Friday, October 23rd.

The guest Speaker at the event was Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., Ph.D., Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and Associate Executive Director, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. Dr. Anderson talked about the need to advocate for good community health and to increase access to safe public streets, sidewalks, good public transportation options, and to fresh fruits and vegetables.

On the same note, GMTMA Executive Director Cheryl Kastrenakes addressed the current state of the transportation system. “Our goal is to achieve a more balanced system, one that includes walking, biking and public transit as safe and realistic options,” Kastrenakes said.

Kastrenakes and GMTMA’s Board President, Jack Kanarek, honored the 2015 award winner businesses with the prestigious “New Jersey Smart Workplaces” (NJSW) award. The awards program is a partnership of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Association and GMTMA and recognizes employers for offering outstanding commuter services to their employees.

“GMTMA applauds these employers for providing programs that encourage more sustainable, environmentally-friendly commute options,” said Kastrenakes.

Kanarek remarked on “how impressive it is that so many awardees, even those at the Platinum level, continue to add more options for their employees.”  Electric vehicle charging stations, bike tool stations, and expanded shuttles were noted as examples.

The 2015 awardees are:

PLATINUM:  A-1 Limousine, Albridge Pershing, Amazon, Bank of America, Bloomberg LP, Educational Testing Service, Horizon NJ Health, Janssen, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst, Munich Reinsurance, New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJM Insurance Group, TYCO, Princeton University, Princeton  Healthcare

GOLD: Municipality of Princeton

SILVER: Greater Mercer TMA

BRONZE: Johnson & Johnson

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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