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Economic Development

New Jersey would like to increase the amount of money that comes into the state in order to provide employment opportunities and an increased quality of life for its residents.  Much of the state’s economic development and growth is supported by public infrastructure.

The state can play an important role in economic development by directing economic activities into places where infrastructure already exists, thereby minimizing the public subsidy necessary to support these activities and reducing the cost to businesses to build facilities, transport goods, connect with suppliers, customers and partners, and access employees.

Future Facts
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New Jersey Lags Behind in Some Key Real Estate Trends

New Jersey is well positioned to take advantage of some emerging real-estate trends outlined in a new report, but risks its competitiveness by lagging in others.

Crumbling water infrastructure in Hoboken.
Opinion: We Can’t Afford the Price We Pay for Cheap Water

The cost of our drinking water is too low to cover the cost of upgrading the pipes and systems that deliver it to us.

The Camden waterfront, where Lockheed Martin will be relocating. Photo: Flickr user Todd Mecklem
Economic Opportunity Act Retains Incentives’ Focus on Smart-Growth Locations

An examination by New Jersey Future shows that the state’s new business incentive programs are largely effective at following state plan guidelines and directing job growth to smart-growth areas.

Downtown Bordentown. Photo courtesy of JGSC Group.
Downtown Revitalization Survey Shows Need for Towns To Be More Proactive

The results of a survey of officials responsible for downtown revitalization in New Jersey show a need for greater proactivity, even as demographics provide an unprecedented opportunity.

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Fourth Regional Plan Conference Themes: Revitalization, Technology, Affordability and Access

The New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan highlighted issues of affordability, transportation, technology, access to opportunity, and climate change.

Articles and Stories
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Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.

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New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

2014 Smart Growth Award-Winners Announced

April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards

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