The Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce will hear from an executive of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on Thursday about policy and legislative issues important to the business community.

David Brogan, first vice president of the NJBIA, also will provide perspective and insight about the upcoming statewide elections.

Brogan is a member of the NJBIA government affairs team and a specialist in economic development and tax policy.

In June, he testified before the Assembly Budget Committee about the association's support for a proposal to impose state sales and use taxes on software delivered electronically.

Brogan noted that sales tax is charged "on many tangible goods, including pre-written, or what is commonly referred to as 'canned' software," such as Microsoft Office, if it is purchased off the shelf at a department store.

Yet the same software, if downloaded, wouldn't be subject to sales tax, even though servicing of the same downloaded software is taxable.

NJBIA frequently takes positions for or against legislation in its mission of providing a voice for the state's businesses.

Brogan will speak at the Greater Vineland Chamber's luncheon at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland.

Cape chamber

Two guests will speak at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City.

Mayor Jay Gillian will talk about the city's recovery following Hurricane Sandy and speak to the impact the storm had on the 2013 tourist season.

Additionally, Todd Gordon, from South Jersey Gas, will offer information on the Business-to-Business Referral Program for natural-gas conversion. The meeting is sponsored by South Jersey Gas.

Business Editor Kevin Post