by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
This morning, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce officially announced that the upcoming 2021 Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 gathering was scheduled to take place on Feb. 18 and 19 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. As described by the Chamber, New Jersey's largest networking meeting is "a must-attend business event because of who attends and what happens."
The much-loved political tradition has been in place since 1937 and allows political leaders from both sides of the aisle to mingle in a convivial atmosphere with business leaders and journalists. The gathering includes an Amtrak train ride dubbed "The Walk" which picks up guests from stations throughout New Jersey and transports them to Washington DC where they later attend the Chamber's Congressional Dinner. The event is expected to resume in 2022.
Included in this announcement, the Chamber also stated that the organization will be working with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey to work together to end economic inequities in New Jersey.
According to the Chamber, the initiative would include a series of receptions around the state to promote diversity and equal economic opportunity, culminating in a statewide dinner on Sept. 23, 2021.
The receptions and the dinner will honor people, organizations and companies that have successfully created or expanded diversity and equal economic opportunities across New Jersey.
The two chambers plan to work together with related activities of the New Jersey CEO Council, the New Jersey Legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity, and other businesses and chambers of commerce in the state.