After retiring from a career in consumer electronics and tech, Bob and his wife Jeanne moved to Blairstown from Morris County in 2014. The natural beauty and rural peace and quiet were a welcome change after years of working in cities and airports. They purchased a preserved farm and have spent the last few years rehabilitating the property. Getting involved in the community is an important part of their move to Blairstown. In addition to the BEC, Bob is an active member of the Blairstown Rotary, and serves on the board of the Foodshed Alliance.
Having seen first-hand the impact of technology, global commerce and drug use on small communities across the country, Bob believes that areas like Blairstown must change to survive. This does not mean sacrificing the open space, rural environment and history that are our most important assets, but we need an economy that can support our residents, keep our kids here after graduation and provide the services our seniors need so they can stay in the area they love.
The BEC’s mission “to create a thriving economy, while preserving the character and charm of the area” matches the community needs, which is why Bob got involved.