Balozi Harvey Appointed New Executive Director of Nonprofit Agency County Executive Relocates EDC to Hall of Records for Visibility

Newark, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. appointed Balozi R. Harvey as the new Executive Director of the Essex County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Office of Cultural Diversity and Affirmative Action at a press conference on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 in his office.

"Harvey was selected as Executive Director of the Essex County EDC because of his unwavering interests and extensive experience in cultural development, community development, international trade and investment," the County Executive said. "His expertise will benefit the administration and help transform the EDC into a more effective and efficient agency," he added.

DiVincenzo also noted the EDC, the not-for-profit corporation that provides technical and financial assistance to businesses in Essex County, was relocated from 50 South Clinton Street in East Orange to the Hall of Records in Newark in Room 449.

"Balozi's dual leadership roles will help create an alliance between these two offices allowing them to work together in an effort to generate new economic development opportunities," DiVincenzo said. "I am pleased that Ambassador Harvey has committed to share his expertise to improve and expand the EDC's services and improve the climate for increasing commerce and new jobs," he added.

"Bringing the EDC to the Hall of Records will help raise its visibility and make the business community more aware of its many vital services," DiVincenzo said.

"As we move into our second year, it is my hope that we make some major inroads to assist more businesses, foster significant economic development initiatives resulting into new ratables, and increase employment opportunities for residents," DiVincenzo said.

Harvey, a South Orange resident, has extensive knowledge and experience in cultural issues, community development, minority business development and international trade that will benefit the administration and help transform the EDC into a more effective agency, DiVincenzo said. Harvey served as Executive Director of the Third World Trade Institute at the Harlem Urban Development Corporation, a nonprofit community development agency of the State of New York, from 1982 to 1995.

During his tenure, the Institute stimulated trade and investment relations between American minority business enterprises; African and Caribbean public and private sectors; and played host to the visit of 57 heads of state and governments. Harvey also operated Balozi & Associates, an international trade and investment consulting firm specializing in African and Caribbean markets, from 1995 to 2000.

Over the years, Harvey served as a UN Representative of the Congress of African People, a job recruiter for the Republic of Tanzania, and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Partnership, a public/private organization created by David Rockefeller and the African Telecommunications Corporation.

"I look forward to working with the County Executive in my new role," said Harvey. "Cultural diversity and affirmative action are complementary to social and economic development. The EDC is a viable entity whose proactive activities can trigger immense opportunities for economic growth, business development, and employment opportunities that will benefit our citizens and businesses," he said.

"I am prepared to lead this agency with support from our County Executive, County government units, local corporations, foundations, institutions, and community development groups," Harvey said. "I thank the County Executive for giving me the opportunity to carry out our administration's mission to attract new businesses, revitalize our communities, preserve our neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for our citizens and residents."

Harvey will receive a salary of $85,000 in his new position to manage the offices of EDC and OCDAA. He is married to East Orange Municipal Court Judge Karimu F. Hill-Harvey.