December 9, 2016
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EDA Mourns the Loss of Chairman and Friend Al Koeppe

The EDA is mourning the loss of our Chairman and friend.

Words cannot express the high regard and affection we felt for Al, and gratitude for his exemplary leadership. Over the course of his distinguished professional and public service career, we were fortunate that Al served as our Chairman twice; he was appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey in 2003, serving until 2006, and again by Governor Chris Christie in 2010.

During his tenure, he helped oversee and implement initiatives that have left an indelible mark in our cities and across the State. This includes the creation of the School Construction Corporation and the State Economic Recovery Board,  subsidiaries of  the EDA tasked with designing and constructing schools in the State’s Abbott school districts, and stimulating economic development in the City of Camden respectively; the creation of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, which was established to guide the investment, growth and integration of Fort Monmouth; and administration of the State's incentive programs under both the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act and the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act.

With compassion and integrity, Al drove the EDA  to achieve the highest standards in our administration of economic development programs on behalf of New Jersey.   He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.