2040 Foundation

The Meadowlands Chamber has established an economic development focused “think tank” style affiliate called the Meadowlands 2040 Foundation, Inc. , a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation with C-Suite level business leaders compromising its Board of Trustees.

The mission of the “2040 Foundation” is to provide Leadership, Vision, Education and Action with research and public awareness of a long-term vision to plan for a growing and sustainable economy through the year 2040.

One of the driving goals for the 2040 Foundation is to enhance the local and regional economy by strengthening the workforce and improving the overall quality of life for the Meadowlands community. The foundation Trustees have identified educational outreach as key to its mission. The 2040 Foundation will help promote awareness and provide programming of economic development, workforce development, leadership and entrepreneurship programs to ensure that our region maintains a high standard of human capital and also innovates to meet the needs of growing businesses. A highly educated workforce will help retain existing companies and entice new businesses to relocate and invest in the Meadowlands region. The foundation is comprised of business leaders that have deep roots in the region and a strong commitment to improving the area for those who live and work here.

“Goya Foods has invested almost $1 billion dollars in a new 650,000 square-foot headquarters facility and state of the art distribution center here in the Meadowlands. “The future of the region is critically important to our business and our family”

– Peter Unanue, Exec VP and COO and also a Trustee of the 2040 Foundation

2040 Active Initiatives

Continue to generate awareness for the Meadowlands Vision 2040 Plan.


Monitoring and reporting of demographic data for Meadowlands Communities via Zoom Prospector.
Host Annual “Thought Leaders Conference” to highlight components of the regional economy that requires greater awareness.

Board of Trustees

Fletch Creamer
of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
Vice Chairman
Bill Hanson
of NAI James E. Hanson
Rich Branca
CEO of Bergen Engineering
Angelo J. Genova
Partner & Chairman of Genova Burns
Amy Herbold
Director of Development at American Dream
Alex Klatskin
CEO of Forsgate Industrial Partners
Ed Russo
CEO of Russo Development
John Saraceno
Principal of Onyx Equities
Senator Anthony Scardino Jr.
Former Mayor & NJ Senator of Anthony Scardino & Associates, Inc.
Debra Tantleff
Founding Principal of TANTUM Real Estate
Peter Unanue
COO of Goya Foods
Jim Kirkos
CEO of Meadowlands Chamber

The Meadowlands Chamber, an economic development advocate for over 40 years, along with its affiliate, the Meadowlands 2040 Foundation is pleased to present its Vision Plan for the Greater Meadowlands region: Meadowlands Vision 2040.

The Greater Meadowlands, with its unparalleled location adjacent to New York, the largest city in the country, and assets of infrastructure, workforce, natural resources and market area, represents a growing, diverse economy and a major economic engine for New Jersey. This unique area is home to the largest business and GDP growth in the state.

We present this Vision Plan as a guide for the Greater Meadowlands region for the next 20 to 30 years, addressing both long-term goals and short-term actions to generate growth. With targeted short-term and medium-term investments, renewed planning and regulatory modernization, the Greater Meadowlands can achieve even greater economic success and provide a financial boon for New Jersey’s fiscal needs through growing income tax and sales tax revenue.

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