Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood chairs the County’s Business Innovation, Education and Opportunity Committee. Deputy Director Armwood’s accomplishments reflect his mission: to provide services and programs that will keep the County’s schools and businesses strong, relevant, and effective.
As a lifelong resident of Piscataway and a graduate of Rutgers University, Deputy Director Armwood is a true Middlesex County original. His dedication to public service began at age 19, when he was elected to the Piscataway School Board. While on the Board of Education, he served as a member of the Middlesex County Task Force on School Violence, which created an emergency response manual for schools throughout the County. It has since been used as the model for a state program.
Deputy Director Armwood’s experience in government also includes his election to the Piscataway Township Council (2004-2013), where he served as Council President in 2008 and 2013. As a councilman, Mr. Armwood was involved in the renovation of Quibbletown Park, where the “All Children’s Playground” was designed for children with or without disabilities so that they all can play together. This development provided Middlesex County with one of the most unique and inclusive parks in the State.
Joining the Freeholder Board in March 2013, Deputy Director Armwood oversees the County’s Business Innovation, Education and Opportunity Committee, which fosters economic, cultural, artistic and educational development. He was named Freeholder Deputy Director in 2020. Some of his most notable accomplishments as a Freeholder include:
• Establishing an Annual Business Summit which brings together leaders in education, business, healthcare, and government to build and expand partnerships the County has made to meet the growing and changing needs of the business community.
• Overseeing the distribution of funds from Middlesex County’s Cultural and Arts Trust Fund, which was established in 2015 to support Art and Cultural programs across the County.
• Creation of new online programs to support employers, employees, residents, and job-seekers. These include the Middlesex County Business Portal, an interactive GIS based economic development tool that provides investors with resources to make site selection decisions for commercial and industrial sectors in Middlesex County. This also includes SkillUp™ Middlesex, a free online platform, which offers over 4,500 courses in technology, business, Microsoft Office, and more.
• Working with Middlesex County College, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, and the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development to provide education and job training opportunities for residents of all ages, with programs specifically tailored for veterans, labor union apprenticeships, and more.