EDANJ NEWS ARCHIVE
Michele Brown leaving EDA to become Choose N.J. CEO
Michele Brown will step down as CEO of the state Economic Development Authority to become the CEO and president of Choose New Jersey, the privately funded business attraction arm of the state, NJBIZ has learned
Caren Franzini, Still A Force
2013 EDANJ Franklin-Maddocks Award recipient Caren Franzini's interview in the July 6, 2015 NJBIZ issue is worth a read. The article discusses Ms. Franzini's transition to the private sector and states that she is still a force in the area's economic development. The article reinforces why Ms. Franzini was recognized by EDANJ with its most prestigious award.
JCP&L Pushes Ahead With System Upgrades Designed to Boost Reliability
The State’s second-largest utility approaching halfway mark with total of 90 circuit enhancements planned.
Jersey Central Power & Light yesterday said it has completed upgrades to its system that will enhance reliability for 41,000 customers in eight counties in its core territory.
Economic Development Job Opportunities
EDANJ would like to notify interested individuals about two openings in the economic development field.
2013 EDANJ Development Project of the Year Award recipient LG Electronics USA and high-profile environmentalists, conservation groups and elected officials prove compromise can happen
LG Electronics USA has agreed to cut the height of its proposed 143-foot office building in half, in a deal hailed as a “win-win” Tuesday that will keep the company in Englewood Cliffs and preserve the iconic vistas of the Palisades.
Lesniak drops call for moratorium on incentives as EDA looks to establish review program
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak says he will no longer be pursuing a moratorium on the state's economic incentive offerings now that the Economic Development Authority is close to establishing an ongoing review process for the programs.
New Report: Attracting Infill Development in Distressed Communities: 30 Strategies
Many communities across the country have been revitalizing their older neighborhoods, traditional downtowns, and central business districts. However, economically distressed communities have been less able to attract this kind of infill development and attain the accompanying economic, environmental, health, and quality of life benefits.
Choose N.J. names EDA exec its new chief economic development officer
Choose New Jersey Inc. has named Margie Piliere, a new chief economic development officer, replacing Michael Chrobak, who left last month.
Tax Credit Credibility: The Great Debate
Ever since Governor Chris Christie took office in 2010, there has been a continuous argument over how much information should be disclosed on the distribution of the $5 billion tax incentives. Christie himself would rather take a 'holistic' approach given that projects are ongoing...
NEDA Webinar: Tech for Economic Developers
Fact: Applications and technology change rapidly.
Learn to adapt or go extinct.
Back by popular demand, NEDA’s tech geek duo - Anthony Capece & Christa Franzi - are holding an online encore to their 2014 NEDA Conference Session: Using Technology for Dummies Economic Developers & Business Professionals.
Melissa Orsen named new head of EDA
Citing her long experience in government — and in running government agencies — the board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority selected Melissa Orsen as its new chief executive officer Thursday morning during its scheduled meeting in Trenton.
Save The Date - 25th Higgins Classic
Save the Date -- June 1, 2015 at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club for the 25th Annual Higgins Classic, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in New Jersey. Your support of this tournament enables more than 24,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities to train and compete year-round in 24 Olympic-type sports, completely free of charge.
Our First Event of 2015 - The Economics of Energy
Join us for an in-depth look into the opportunities and alternatives that exist from Timothy Comerford, SVP of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company and Managing Director of Sugarloaf Associates LLC
Senate Economic Growth Committee advances bill to bring further tax relief to troubled Atlantic City
Members of the Senate Economic Growth Committee quietly released a bill today that would further efforts to assist a financially-strapped Atlantic City, where a shrinking property tax base has had lawmakers and local officials scrambling for solutions in recent months. S2645, or the “Atlantic City Growth Tax Credit Program”, would encourage construction of non-rental housing homes in Atlantic City by granting developers who build new, owner-occupied residential projects a tax credit for construction costs, including demolition, capital improvements and land acquisition. The program is meant to more evenly distribute the city’s property tax burden, where three-quarters of residents are renters.
EDANJ Franklin Maddocks Awards & Special Lifetime Achievement Award
EDANJ is delighted to announce as the 2014 recipient of the Franklin-Maddocks Award for Excellence in Economic Development: The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. EDANJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented in absentia to honor the distinguished career of Elizabeth (Bette) Spinelli.
Christie updates NJ's corporate tax incentive programs to help struggling Atlantic City
Governor Christie signed a law Friday to update New Jersey's corporate tax incentive programs, one that includes a bid to do more to help Atlantic City as it struggles after recent casino closures. Atlantic City will now be designated as a “Garden State Growth Zone,”
EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Assistance to Build Resilience, Pursue Revitalization
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.
The program aims to increase resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the economy while protecting human health and the environment. The Building Blocks program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to communities using tools with demonstrated results and widespread application.
FREE Webinar by EDANJ/NEDA
The Northeastern Economic Development Association (NEDA) and EDANJ are sponsoring a webinar on funding Brownfields Remediation Projects.
This is the second webinar in this servies, if you registered for Part1 you are already registered, if not please register below.
Finding old buildings to clean up is easy. Getting the money to do it – now that’s hard. During NEDA’s last brownfield webinar, we showed you where the money was. This one will show you how to get it. The webinar moderator is Tom Marano: Economic Development Specialist City Of Middletown CEDAS|IEDC. Our two speakers include: Amy Vaillancourt of Tighe & Bond and Jason Korb of Capstone Communities.
Dont Miss the EDANJ Summer Soiree
EDANJ's Summer Soiree Just Got Hotter: Lt Gov. Kim Guadagno to Speak at June 17th Event. Join EDANJ and NEDA Members at our Summer Networking Soiree to share new ideas in Economic Developmwent. Meet new people, enjoy great appetizers and drinks, and experience the awesomeness that is McLoone’s Supper Club & McLoone's
Asbury Park Grill. Featuring first-hand insights, ideas and best practices on Economic Development from Tom Gilmour, Asbury Park’s Director of Economic Development. Networking with EDANJ and NEDA members.
An Opportunity for EDANJ Members from our Colleagues at NEDA
The Federal Defense Industry Readjustment Program is not a BRAC type program only for communities dealing with a base closure. This program is to designed to assist communities that are being hit by defense budget cuts on a smaller scale or in a multitude of ways that can only be calculated by looking at the community as a whole. If your community has businesses that work for the defense industry in ways noted below, please take the time to listen in to this webinar. EDANJ is fortunate that NEDA is on the ground floor of this program and shared it with us in a timely way.
An update on the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
An update on the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 from our member, EWMA:
New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
Spurs Brownfields Redevelopment Opportunities
The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (the Act) passed last September includes funds intended to promote redevelopment of urban areas, suburban office parks and areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, while fostering job creation. The Act provides eligibility for economic incentives and lowers the thresholds for meeting eligibility requirements for...
America's Champions Will Soon Be Revealed Right Here in New Jersey in June at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
Prepare to be amazed and inspired in about 50 days when New Jersey hosts athletes from across the USA, their families and coaches as well as volunteers and spectators! The group that attended EDANJ's Economics and Eggs Breakfast Seminar on April 23, 2014 sure was.
They make problem solving too easy.
EDANJ is thrilled to announce that current EDANJ Board Member (and Past President) Rosalin Petrucci, of J.G. Petrucci; EDANJ member and 2012 recipient of EDANJ’s Franklin-Maddocks Award for Economic Development Professional of the Year, Caren Franzini, former CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and Anne Evans Estabrook, Chairman and CEO of Elberon Development Group will be honored this Monday, April 26, 2014 for their outstanding citizen leadership. Congratulations, ladies.
The Summer Games are almost here!
Learn about the significant Economic Impact the 2014 Special Olympics will make on the Garden State at our EDANJ Breakfast Meeting.
Caren Franzini enlightens economic development professionals from 8 states
At our Recent EDANJ/NEDA Networking Event, Caren Franzini of Franzini Consulting LLC (and former CEO of New Jersey's state Economic Development Authority) about innovative economic development programs and solutions used in CT, DE, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, and VT. Ms. Franzini stressed that the programs shared the following common themes: developing creative financing and program solutions to encourage development based on the needs of the state's customers.
EDANJ Holiday Meeting & Franklin/Maddocks Awards
EDANJ is capping off its great year of exciting programs with the December 13, 2013 Annual Holiday Meeting and presentation of Economic Development Awards.
Please register now and join your economic development colleagues from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset NJ for a sumptuous beverage hour and lunch, a festive afternoon of networking, and recognition of the 2013 Franklin-Maddocks Award for Excellence in Economic Development and the Economic Development Project of the Year.
The 2013 Award Winner for Excellence in Economic Development is Ron Beit of RBH Group. EDANJ is proud to recognize Ron Beit for the Teachers Village mixed use development in Newark, NJ. Teachers Village consists of 3 charter schools, housing focused on teachers and local professionals and hip and fun retail on the ground floor. This award is granted by EDANJ each year in memory of Bob Franklin and John Maddocks, Sr.
The EDANJ Development project of the year is LG Electronic USA's new headquarters being built in Englewood Cliffs, NJ - this $300 Million project will retain 500 jobs and create 500 new jobs over three years.
Easiest and quickest way to join us is to register on line now for the December lunch at the Palace At Somerset, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Always a festive and fun event, with great networking opportunities and the complimentary cocktail hour thanks to our generous annual sponsor, J.G. Petrucci Co, Inc.; thanks to our event sponsors, Maraziti Falcon & Healey LLP and Betts Environmental & Alternative Fuels.
While you are on the EDANJ website, please renew your membership on-line, too. 2014 is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss your membership discount on the terrific programming that is planned.
Learn About Agressive New New Jersey Incentives
Economic development took center stage in New Jersey with the September signing into law of the NJ Economic Opportunity Act of 2013. Join us for a presentation by Michael Henderson, Research Director of Choose NJ, Inc on November 15, 8-10am - Forsgate Country Club to learn more about this exciting legislation.
2013 NEDA Conference
The Northeast Economic Developer’s Association's (NEDA) Annual conference will be held September 8th - 10th in Portland, Maine. This conference will have exciting programs covering latest topics in economic development as well as networking opportunities.
LEARN ABOUT FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Spend your morning with EDANJ on June 11, , 2013
Learn about Federal Funds for economic development from USEPA’S Senior Program Advisor For Economic Development, Charlie BartschCharlie will describe available federal tools that can fit together and be leveraged in various ways to promote property redevelopment.
Downtown NJ Annual Conference
EDANJ is a Partner Organization for the Downtown New Jersey Annual Conference.
Recovery, Revitalization & Redevelopment - Moving forward with New Jersey's Downtowns
The past year has seen New Jersey downtowns dealing with an increasing number of managed districts in turmoil, downtowns exploring new approaches and alternatives to redevelopment, and Superstorm Sandy. This compact conference is being offered at a location where both redevelopment issues and the impact of Sandy have come to play; Pier Village, the first stage of redevelopment in Long Branch and a Sandy survivor.
Thursday May 16, 2013 - 8:30am-1:00pm The Avenue, Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ
County Of Passaic Green Design Awards 2013
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is hosting the Green Design conference, “Greening Your Company in 2013: Opportunities to Improve Cash Flow and Maximize Environmental Benefits” on June 19, 2013. Certificates of recognition will be awarded to municipalities/companies/organizations located in Passaic County who have implemented Green Design concepts and techniques in their organization/company such as unique manufacturing technologies; recycling; alternative/green power technologies; and/or green new construction and rehabilitation projects located in Passaic County. We would greatly welcome your nomination of a company/building (residential, commercial, municipal, industrial, etc.) in your community, which exemplifies Green Design techniques.
Special opportunity for EDANJ Members
On March 13 & 27, 2013 several EDANJ colleagues are participating in a Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Course entitled Current Issues and Hot Topics in Environmental Law and Regulation in New Brunswick, NJ. You can attend one or both days to hear about the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, UST and Hot Topics (that’s all in day one on March 13) and CERCLA, the Spill Act, ISRA, NRD, and LSRP/SRRA (that’s all day two on March 27) Many of the topic areas may impact your business or practice. In addition to the option of registering for one or both days--Rutgers is also offering you a special 20% off the registration price. Rutgers is hoping this offer will enable you and other members of your organization to enjoy and afford a program packed with useful real-world information from some of NJ's leading attorneys, regulators and consultants.
Biggest New Jersey Tax Incentive Bill of 2013
The biggest New Jersey tax incentive bill of 2013 (S-2583) is being considered in the Senate Economic Growth Committee on Monday, March 11, 2013 AND is the subject of the EDANJ March 20, 2013 Enhancing Economic Development Incentives in New Jersey breakfast seminar featuring Assemblyman Albert Coutinho at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Forsgate Country Club in Jamesburg NJ (Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike). Register Now
Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey
The Superbowl is coming to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in 2014. What is the economic impact for New Jersey... Let the numbers begin: 4,000 New Jersey Hotel Rooms are already under contract for Superbowl Week in 2014.
Gov Spurs Investment & Growth in NJ
Governor Chris Christie Acts to Spur Investment and Growth in New Jersey's Innovative and Emerging Technology Businesses. $25 Million Angel Investor Tax Credit Program Will Encourage Early Investment in New Jersey's Emerging Innovative Businesses
Transit Village News
Proposed for North Brunswick, NJ on the former Johnson and Johnson property visible from Route 1 North and the northeast corridor tracks, it is proposed to improve on-time performance and commuting choices along the busy train corridor. It will be completed in conjunction with a long-proposed mixed-use development embodying the transit village concept: containing residential and retail development around mass transit.
According to Mr. Frassinelli’s report, “NJ Transit is requesting proposals from firms for preliminary design and engineering, construction assistance and other technical services for the "Mid-Line Loop" flyover track and new passenger rail station.A pre-proposal conference has been scheduled for Thursday at NJ Transit’s headquarters in Newark, and proposals are due by the end of the business day on Feb. 15.While it is still too early to definitively quote costs, a new station could cost about $30 million and the loop could cost "several hundred million," officials said.”
Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (see accompanying Wall Street Journal article) was introduced earlier this month by Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex), chair of the Economic and Commerce Development Committee. Today’s Star Ledger tells us that according to the sponsor, ”the emphasis is on job creation and less on capital improvement. The bill also phases out the Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program, the Business Employment Incentive Program and the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program, and expands the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant (ERGG) program as the state’s sole redevelopment incentive and the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program as the state’s premiere business attraction and retention incentive.”
Also Read Tom De Poto’s article entitled Subsidies in Doubt . It points you to a new study by Good Jobs First, funded by foundations, that looks at interstate job movement, incentive programs in all states, and includes several corporations that have received large subsidies to stay in New Jersey
For Economic Development Professionals: Rutgers Environmental Funding Course
Make plans in the New Year to catch up on the state of financial affairs at this year’s Environmental Funding Course at Rutgers University on January 30. 2013. This one-day seminar will present programs and strategies to fund environmental remediation, economic development and renewable energy projects. The moderators encourage thoughtful discussion and questions throughout the day.
EDANJ Holiday Party & Franklin-Maddocks Awards
EDANJ is delighted to announce Caren Franzini as the 2012 recipient of the Franklin-Maddocks Award for Excellence in Economic Development and Sustainable Jersey as the 2012 recipient of the EDANJ Sustainability Award. Ms. Franzini is the past CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Sustainable Jersey is the certification program for Garden State municipalities that want to go green.
NOV 2 MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO STORM
POSTPONED DUE TO STORM IMPACTS: EDANJ November 2, 2012 Breakfast Seminar at Forsgate
EDANJ and its Partners will get back to you with the new date. We hope that you and yours survived the storm and its aftermath with little impact.
Any questions, please contact Sue Boyle
EDANJ looks forward to seeing you on December 14, 2012 for its Annual Holiday Lunch and Awards Ceremony. More information to follow
NEDA Conference - Connecting to Compete
Don't miss the Northeastern Economic Development Association's (NEDA) aannual conference "Connecting To Compete" in Hartford, CT on October 28-30, 2012.
Impact of New Jerseys Newest Cleanup Law on Economic Development
On July 9, 2012 Governor Christie signed into law S-1460. Not widely publicized, this law requires industrial properties that are subject to a federal or state cleanup order to hand over property tax refunds to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to assure that cleanup obligations will be met.
News from Trenton: Urban Transit Hub Tax Credits Expanded
Governor Christie approved the expansion of the Urban Transit Hub tax credit by $250 million, to a total of $1.75 billion. What does it mean to developers?
Caren Franzini leaving NJ Economic Development Authority
Caren Franzini, the long-time head of the state’s Economic Development Authority, announced on July 26th, 2012 she is resigning and will end her 18-year tenure as chief executive officer on Sept. 30.
EDANJ is an Endorser of Brownfields 2013, the National Brownfield Conference
For our EDANJ Members: Brownfields 2013 Call for Session Ideas Open Through August 3, 2012. The Call for Ideas is open ...
EDANJ Makes Itself Known in the Big Apple
EDANJ welcomed the opportunity to introduce the Association and its mission to 300 attendees of the 4th Annual Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop on June 7, 2012 at John Jay College in New York, NY. Member companies Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, Inc., Whitman, and GEI Consultants were sponsors and partners in the event, which brought together developers, government officials, attorneys, architects, planners, environmental consultants, community non-profits, finance groups, utilities, and ...
State Redevelopment Incentives
Caren Franzini, Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, thanked EDANJ President, Frank Lucchesi, for the Association’s suggestions on ways to improve the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund and the state’s Brownfield Reimbursement Fund. EDANJ is committed to working this summer and fall with Ms. Franzini and her staff, NJDEP, other development organizations, the legislature and the administration on much needed improvements to financial incentives available for brownfield redevelopment. EDANJ anticipates the fall activity to include an approach that will: introduce a loan component to ensure greater access to funds; reduce caps, especially for Brownfield Development Areas, to ensure greater access for more applicants to funds; emphasize grants to municipalities for upfront investigative efforts to quantify the magnitude of the contamination; and require developers to “put more skin in the game” with the overall goal of only moving forward with public funds on redevelopment proposals that are viable and ready to move.
EDANJ Makes Recommendations to NJ Economic Development Authority
The Economic Development Association of NJ (EDANJ) and other interested industrial development organizations in New Jersey recently sent suggestions to Caren Franzini and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on ways to improve the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund and the state’s Brownfield Reimbursement Fund. Suggested are ways to reform the criteria and process for incentivizing brownfield cleanups and redevelopment in the Garden State. By following the recommendations, NJ should be able to revitalize the HDSRF to ensure a workable, accountable, and sustainable funding program. EDANJ will keep you updated on any response to the letter, formation of a stakeholder process for which we volunteered our service, or any other progress on the Fund and the reimbursement program.
Good News for Public Entities: Positive Steps to Limit Some Negative Impacts of the Site Remediation Reform Act on Municipalities that Acquire Property for Redevelopment
The NJDEP, in an effort to help municipalities, will implement the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA). It affects sites that a municipality involuntarily acquires, or where a municipality acquires property by any means for the purpose of promoting redevelopment, they will be exempt from joint and several liabilities under the state’s “Spill Act.”
State Planning Commission Master Plan
The State Planning Commission is accepting input on a plan to spurring economic development in New Jersey. Officials from the office are holding a series of hearings that will allow residents, businesses and stakeholders to...
NJ Future's annual Redevelopment Forum
EDANJ will be well represented at New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum being held March 9, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt in New Brunswick. The agenda is now final and the direct link for online registration is here. Hope to see you there.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres has created a special category of funding to assist towns and counties in acquiring flood prone lands.
County ED Corp Exec Director Job Posting
The Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has posted a job listing for Executive Director. To learn more details on the postion and how to apply, download the PDF below.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It's with great pride that I welcome you to the new home of EDANJ, New Jersey's advocacy and education leader. EDANJ's vision is to become the go-to, one-stop, resource for advocacy, education and networking. EDANJ is committed to connecting people for business. The association brings together state-wide professionals to share information, develop strategies and promote strong economic growth and development in the State.
Legislature Expands Incentives under the NJ Economic Opportunity Act
Both the State Senate and the Assembly approved a bill (S1551/A3213) to “fine tune” or broaden (depending on your perspective) the NJ Economic Opportunity Act.
Call For Nominations: 2014 Franklin/Maddocks & 2014 Project of the Year
EDANJ is currently accepting nominations for the Franklin-Maddocks Award for excellence in economic development, and for the 2014 Project of the Year. If you know of a person or project worthy of these awards, nominate them today.
BCONE - Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop
EDANJ is proud to once again be a supporting organization for the March 5, 2014 Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop, being held at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
This reasonably priced event features workshop sessions from the perspective of what is really happening on the ground in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Topics will include...
Coming Back Stronger After a Disaster
Join our sister-association the Northeast Economic Development Association on June 4, 2013 in Norwalk CT to hear lessons on the timely topic of coming back stronger after s disaster. Credits are available for AICP and EDP certification.
EDANJ Night at the Trenton Thunder
Baseball enthusiasts from PSEG, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, Cassidy Turley, Merrill Lynch, NAIOP,GEI Consulting, Maser Consulting, and the NJ League of Municipalities shared an evening of EDANJ networking on the warm summer evening of June 19, 2012 –and saw the Trenton Thunder go up by a run toward the end of the game to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Thanks to PSEG and EDANJ President Frank Lucchesi for sponsoring the evening of baseball, brainstorming, good food and great companionship. Our evening coincided with the NJ League of Municipalities’ night at the stadium so we enjoyed networking with Mayors from across the Garden State and League Executive Director, Bill Dressel.
CHOOSE NJ ESTABLISHES OPERATIONS
Choose NJ, the privately funded economic development entity established as part of the State's overall economic development efforts, has formally set up offices in Princeton, New Jersey under the direction of Ms. Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO.
EDANJ Board Members Support CREWNJ Development Conference!
EDANJ President Mike Sylvester, Executive Vice President at Betts Environmental, and Board Member Sharon McSwieney, Senior Project Manager at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., participated on an expert panel entitled “Getting Deals Done in the New Environmental Age” for Commercial and Real Estate Women of New Jersey (CREWNJ) on March 13, 2014 at the Parsippany Hilton.
News from EDANJ Board Members in the field
On March 14, Board Member Leah Yasenchak attended the 2014 NJ Future Forum in New Brunswick. NJ Future is a nonprofit organization that conducts research and advocacy for responsible land use policies—definitely a kindred spirit to EDANJ. While primarily a planning organization, economic development professionals felt right at home in many of the sessions. From the morning plenary that looked at downtown revitalization projects in Providence, RI; Cincinnati, OH; and Detroit, MI to the lunch speaker Seth Pinsky, former president of the New York City Economic Development Council, an ongoing focus of the event was on economic development. With over 500 attendees from a diverse cross section of organizations that include local, county, state and federal government representatives; non-profits; developers; utilities; attorneys; and consultants, the event offered plenty of opportunities for networking. It was a great opportunity to step back, talk to divergent perspectives, and think about how to move the state forward in topics as diverse as energy resiliency, downtown development, green infrastructure, COAH, and many other topics.
Free Downtown NJ Workshop
June is a busy month for seminars! Downtown New Jersey, a partner organization with EDANJ, is holding a FREE WORKSHOP on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) on June 6/7/2013 from 10 to 11 am at Greenbaum Rowe Smith and Davis Metro Corporate Campus 1, 99 Wood Street, Iselin, New Jersey 08830-2712– 4th Floor.
March Madness for EDANJ
Some Notes from the 5th Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop held March 5, 2014 in Jersey City at Liberty Science Center. EDANJ was a partnering organization for the Workshop, known as NSCW, which featured a thought-provoking afternoon plenary on building a resilient future. Learn more about the 12 sessions here...
Legislative Update: If you joined EDANJ for breakfast in March, 2013, you learned about EO13-- The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013—directly from the Assembly Sponsor, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex). The legislation passed the Assembly on May 20, 2013 along with another bill sponsored by the Assemblyman, the Redevelopment Designations & Long-Term Tax Abatements . The Senate version, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, of EO13 continues to move forward. EO13 expands NJ's premiere business attraction and retention incentive with strong emphasis on attracting jobs to NJ and creates one comprehensive redeveloper incentive program.
NJ Energy Master Plan
If you would like to learn more about the Energy Master Plan (EMP), proposed road map to energy use in the future, please be aware of upcoming hearing dates and locations...
Congratulations to EDANJ’s newest member: Ben Nachsin, Senior Account Executive, Business Facilities, Tinton Falls, NJ. Ben attended the March 6, 2014 networking event with NEDA and won the business card drawing for a free annual membership. Congratulations, Ben!
Economic Growth is Encouraged and Nurtured by Choose New Jersey, Inc.
EDANJ members received a terrific update on November 15, 2013 on New Jersey’s award winning economic development model and Choose New Jersey Inc.’s role in attracting and retaining economic growth in the Garden State. Michael Henderson, Research Manager for the independently funded and operated 501 ( c ) (3) nonprofit organization introduced the breakfast attendees to Choose New Jersey’s mission to generate jobs and investment. Partnering with the state’s Economic Development Authority, the Business Action Center, and the Department of Higher Education, Choose New Jersey generates awareness, conversations and jobs and investments in New Jersey’s economy. EDANJ members were very impressed with Choose New Jersey’s new...
Senate approves bill overhauling N.J. corporate incentives program
EDANJ held a program in March discussin the upcoming overhaul of corporate incentives. This article discussed the bill that was just passed by the NJ Senate.
NJ Announces Statewide Hurricane Irene Business Recovery Assistance
Trenton, NJ– To support the recovery of New Jersey’s businesses and protect the overall economic interests of our state in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno have announced a series of business assistance services for those affected by the storm. Among these vital services are those related to financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses.
Post-Irene Recovery Advice from EDANJ
The International Economic Development Council has sent us a link to a valuable resource for post-hurricane economic recovery tools. Special thanks to IEDC and to the US Economic Development Administration for helping to create and then let us know about this resource.