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Transportation, Logistics & Distribution Talent Network

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New Jersey’s Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Talent Network (TLDTN) builds partnerships in the TLD industry to develop and support TLD in the Garden State and formulate strategies for competing at the regional, national, and global levels.

The TLDTN, led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Essex County College (ECC), connects with businesses, other educational institutions, workforce organizations, training groups, and community- and faith-based organizations to gather ground-level intelligence on the industry to make informed decisions on high-quality public workforce investments and expand the number of New Jersey residents with industry-valued credentials or degrees.

Contact the TLDTN


John Taggart, Co-Director
Phone: 973-642-7975

Carmen Pichardo, Co-Director
Phone: 973-877-3172

Key Efforts

  • Develop industry intelligence: Creating and implementing effective workforce and education programs requires an accurate and timely understanding of business needs. The TLDTN works closely with labor market analysts from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide a crucial source of information on the workforce needs of the industry. The TLDTN hosts an Industry Summit to gather intelligence and inform key workforce stakeholders of essential employer needs and produces an annual Industry Workforce Report. Additionally, the TLDTN engages employers and industry associations to contribute to the Industry-Valued Credentials list.
  • Develop high-quality, employer-driven partnerships: The TLDTN works closely with businesses, Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions, training groups, and community- and faith-based organizations to develop high-quality, employer-driven partnerships known as Targeted Industry Partnerships (TIPs).

Return on Investment for Businesses to Join TIPs

  • Gain the distinction of becoming an industry champion and receive priority on applications for New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development training grants.
  • Access the Targeted Industry Partnership (TIP) fund, which will support implementation of the strongest workforce investment ideas developed by the TIPs.
  • Spearhead discussion on the priorities of your industry with business, workforce development, education, and state officials to shape the future of your industry.
  • Network with regional businesses in your industry to promote innovation, collaboration, and efficiency.

The TLD Talent Network works in areas of the state that have a concentration of transportation, logistics, and distribution businesses to:

  • identify workforce needs and common skill gaps to determine in-demand skills, abilities, and credentials.
  • develop a workforce strategy (formalized in a written plan) to satisfy workforce needs and close skill gaps.
  • develop sustainable TIPs through commitments from partners.

Quick Facts

  • Latest statistics show TLD employed 370,261 workers in New Jersey.
  • Port of New York/New Jersey supports 336,600 jobs and $21.2 billion in personal income in the New York-New Jersey region.
  • Ports of Camden and Gloucester are the epicenter of cocoa bean imports into the eastern US, feeding the nation’s and many of the world’s largest chocolate processors and confectioners.
  • Located between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey is within a day’s drive of 40 percent of the US population.
  • 37.5 million: total number of passengers served by Newark Liberty International Airport according to the latest statistics, which contributed nearly $25.3 billion in economic activity in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan region.
  • Newark Liberty ranks as the 15th busiest airport in the US by commercial passenger traffic.
  • Middlesex, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, and Morris Counties account for 61.5 percent of New Jersey’s TLD jobs. These counties are situated near the ports of Newark and Elizabeth and are located along the New Jersey Turnpike.
  • Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties are located along the New Jersey Turnpike as well as I-295. These counties line the Delaware River, the ports of Camden and Gloucester, and the city of Philadelphia. Combined, they compose 11.7 percent of the state’s TLD employment.
  • The latest statistics show average annual wage for the transportation component of the TLD industry was $52,366, ranging from a high of $126,153 in “support activities for water transportation” to a low of $19,320 in “school and employee bus transportation.”
  • Wholesalers of durable goods and wholesalers of nondurable goods are TLD’s largest industries. Combined, they account for nearly 53 percent of TLD employment.