Bergen County Landscape Design firm designed backdrop for governor’s keynote speech at CIANJ event in Woodcliff Lake
MIDLAND PARK. N.J. — November 8, 2011 — Taking its role as a landscape designer to a statewide level, Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction worked in conjunction with the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) to design and decorate the stage for a business and commerce speech by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this month.
The occasion was the 84th Annual Meeting and Luncheon of Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. on Oct. 28. Gov. Christie was the keynote speaker in front of more than 450 CIANJ members from around New Jersey.
When he took the dais, Gov. Christie was framed by an elegant floral design provided by Jacobsen Landscape designers in conjunction with the Raimondi Horticultural Group. The display consisted of a mixture of ornamental peppers, crotons and painted willow branches, which allowed Jacobsen Landscape to present the vivid colors of fall and provide a tasteful seasonal backdrop to the governor’s speech.
“The CIANJ luncheon, especially with the highly anticipated keynote presentation from Gov. Christie, was an excellent opportunity for our designers to show what they can do in front of hundreds of influential business and government leaders from around the state,” explains Glenn Jacobsen, CLP, founder and owner of the 33-year-old landscape company with headquarters in Midland Park and the new Landscape Gallery in Saddle River. “The response from the audience to the design was tremendous and we benefitted greatly from this exposure.”
Gov. Christie said that there is a new optimism in the Garden State as he delivered the keynote speech at the luncheon.
“We’re moving forward. We’re getting better and you can feel it,” the governor said, adding that he told his senior staff: “We’ve dug out of the hole. Congratulations, now we have to build.”
His 40-minute speech was interrupted at least eight times with applause as he told the business leaders that they are his partners in rebuilding New Jersey. Since taking office, Christie said $185 million in tax cuts and incentives were done. “It’s money you can spend much better than we could. We’re happy to give it back to you.”
CIANJ's Annual Meeting & Luncheon serves as a?forum through which business leaders gain insights into current trends and opportunities on the horizon, while renewing longstanding professional relationships and initiating new ones.