Norcross is a multimillionaire businessman who serves as executive chairman at Conner Strong & Buckelew, one of the nation's premiere insurance, risk management and employee benefits consulting firms as well as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. He also helped to open MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, one of the top cancer treatment hospitals in the country.
"A lot of great thing are happening in Camden. The city has been the most violent and the most poor in the country but in the last several years as a result of a wide variety of things involving public safety, public education and health initiatives, the city is starting to make a dramatic change," he adds.
And he wants everyone to see the changes happening, especially delegates at the Democratic National Convention, by hosting one of the largest entertainment events in convention history. Norcross says it's the perfect time to bring Camden out of the shadows as an example of what can be done to rebuild even the most troubled of our cities.
"Campbell Soup is still headquartered in Camden. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is the best cancer center in the country, if not the world," he adds. "Rutgers University is also about to make a dramatic expansion too."
The key, says Norcross, is public safety and it's one of the reasons you don't see protests happening in what is considered one of the poorest cities in the nation – with 32,000 below the poverty line.
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