Phillipsburg Chamber Plans Annual Mayors' Event
EcDev Forum for Municipalities
WCEDAC September Meeting to Welcome Local Officials
The September 10 meeting of the Warren County Economic Development Advisory Council will be moved to 7:30 p.m. from the usual 8 a.m starting time to encourage participation by local officials and municipal EDAC members. Topics will include tax abatement opportunities to encourage business development. All WCEDAC meetings are held the second Thursday of teach month in the Freeholder Meeting Room of the Wayne Dumont, Jr. Administration Building, 165 County Route 519 South, Belvidere, unless otherwise advertised. Meetings are open to the public, and agendas are posted on www.warrenecdev.com and www.co.warren.nj.us.
WCEDAC is chaired by Betty Schultheis, and members are Scott Anderson, Mitchell Jones, Andrea Kirchuk, Chris Maier, Hannah Massaquoi, Herman Shoemaker, Tammy Smith, Linda Stettler, Todd Tersigni, and Freeholder Liaison Jason Sarnoski.
Meet with EDAC Members at Warren County Farmers' Fair
Warren County's biggest event - the annual Warren County Farmers' Fair and Balloon Festival - is just around the corner, running from July 25 to August 1. Not only is the fair lots of fun for the whole family, it's a great opportunity for area businesses to promote themselves.
Warren County's government is well-represented, too, with a whole building dedicated to telling residents about the many programs and services offered. From the Freeholder Board to the county library system to mosquito control, from Planning to Engineering to Health to Human Services and more, they're all putting up displays and providing literature and other giveaways to fair visitors.
This year, WC Economic Development Advisory Council will be represented as well, with information to help get the county's economy moving. The "Warren County and You" building is located on the Stryker's Road side of the fairgrounds, just behind the main grandstands of the center arena. Visit the building before Wednesday, July 29 and you can fill out a ballot to judge the best display and have a chance to win a balloon ride for two or two tickets to Saturday's Mud Bog event. See you at the fair!
Phillipsburg Moving Ahead on Ingersoll Site Redevelopment
Phillipsburg's Town Council has approved an ordinance establishing guidelines for the redevelopment of the former Ingersoll Rand property.
Opus Investment Group LLC of Medford, NJ, is proposing to turn the 200+ acres into a distribution center with nine warehouses, creating 800 to 1,000 jobs.
"It's one more step on the way toward getting this site developed," said Council Vice President Todd Tersigni, a WCEDAC member. The town and developer must still draft an agreement on land acquisition costs and other details of the property's sale and use.
Introducing the First Warren County Economic Development Newsletter
In 2012, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders established the Warren County Economic Development Advisory Council and gave it the following charge: To create a stable, positive economic environment for Warren County through cooperation with county departments, government agencies, and businesses; to implement smart strategic growth; and to influence economic policy decisions in Warren County. Toward this effort, over the last three years, the WCEDAC has held economic summits for local business leaders, assisted municipal officials with state and local economic development resources, and advocated for business growth through state and federal legislators.
That brings us to what you are reading right now. It is not enough that we are working on all of these tasks, we also need a resource to communicate what is going on. To that purpose, we have established a website and an e-newsletter to let you know what is going on with regards to economic development in Warren County, and how you can take advantage of the resources we have to offer.
It is also through this venue that we can tell you the great things the Board of Chosen Freeholders is doing to improve the economic climate in Warren County. For example, the Freeholders along with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office recently hired a new County Agricultural Agent, Kenesha Reynolds-Allie, who is focusing on one of Warren County's biggest economic drivers, agricultural business marketing and tourism. Please join me in welcoming Kenesha to Warren County.
The Freeholders also are working on an effort to improve transportation services in and out of the county. Along with the NJDOT and Hunterdon County we are working to extend bus service along the Route 31 corridor, all the way to the park and ride lot in Clinton Township. There, additional buses can take passengers into Hunterdon County or along other routes such as to Newark Airport. And, as Washington Borough Mayor Scott McDonald pointed out at the recent Washington BID meeting, it will bring people into Warren County to enjoy our services here as well.
Thank you for taking the time to visit here. Please make sure to register to continue to receive this important informational tool. I look forward to continuing to work with the EDAC to bring a strong sustainable economic climate to Warren County.
Warren County Freeholder Deputy Director / WCEDAC Freeholder Liaison
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EcDev Forum for Municipalities
Warren County Holds Economic Development Forum for Municipalities
(WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ, November 13, 2014) - The Warren County Economic Development Advisory Council (WCEDAC) is helping municipalities with the tools they need to attract new businesses.
Members of the county economic board held a forum for municipal officials November 13 where they presented a system for introducing and tracking economic development opportunities within each municipality to prospective buyers and companies.
Of the County’s 22 municipalities, 14 were represented with 32 local officials – mayors and members of the governing bodies and local economic development boards – attending.
“This is a great start to working with the municipalities,” said Freeholder Jason Sarnoski, who convinced his colleagues to establish the county EDAC three years ago and serves as the freeholder liaison to the group. “This is something we want to continue doing, maybe semi-annually, to continue the discussion about economic development in Warren County,” he added.
Allamuchy Mayor Betty Schultheis, who chairs WCEDAC, said the group previously requested that the Freeholder Board ask all municipalities to establish their own local Economic Development Advisory Committee so that local officials could coordinate with the county to create positive economic growth in Warren.
Each municipality attending the forum received a packet of information that included a municipal EDAC description, names of current WCEDAC members, the process to be followed when a municipality receives a request from a would-be business client, and "opportunity tracking" forms. Each municipality also received their own specific demographic information, as well as information on the state and Warren County, to enable them to better promote their area and answer questions from businesses that are looking for a place to locate.
Municipalities need to be ready to provide information to help prospective businesses see the advantages to locating there, but local officials also need to show they are open to attracting companies, Schultheis said. “Many times the land use board and the governing body aren’t on the same page,” she remarked, explaining that municipalities need to discuss what types of businesses they are open to and be ready to put out the welcome mat.
Schultheis said she thought the meeting with municipal officials “went very well,” noting, “What was exciting is they want to meet multiple times a year.” She praised the freeholders for “recognizing that this was a need” and stepping up county economic development efforts. Sarnoski agreed, noting, “We’ll continue to put the spotlight on economic development in the county and in the municipalities.” The freeholder added the county is planning to list contact information for all municipal economic development boards on each town or township’s page in the annual Warren County Official Directory as a way to highlight municipal efforts.
Since its formation in late 2011, the WCEDAC has organized a business resources seminar to promote the available state resources for business growth, and sponsored several summits highlighting the business climate and economic opportunities in Warren County. It also has been working on initiatives including an effort to attract businesses that would enhance Warren’s agricultural economy.
In addition to Schultheis and Sarnoski, members of the WCEDAC are Scott Anderson, Mitchell Jones, Andrea Kirchuk, Chris Maier, Hannah Massaquoi, Blairstown Mayor Herman Shoemaker, Tammiesha Smith, Belvidere Mayor Linda Stettler, and Phillipsburg Councilman Todd Tersigni.
Warren County departmental staff members who assist with various WCEDAC projects are Human Services Director Karen Kubert, Planning Director David Dech, and Public Information Director Art Charlton.
Information about WCEDAC is available on the Warren County website, www.co.warren.nj.us/edac.html, or by calling the Public Information Department at 908-475-6580.