There is positive economic activity in Burlington County. This is according to the mayors of several townships and other county officials who gathered at the Southern New Jersey Chamber of CommerceBurlington County Regional Economic Outlook Friday morning at the Westin in Mount Laurel.
Burlington County Commissioner and Superintendent Daniel O’Connell delivered the keynote address, in which he highlighted the many ways the Burlington County government has helped its residents, from loans to various new businesses, to the county sheltering Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurstthe second largest employer in the state and the largest employer in South Jersey.
O’Connell highlighted Burlington County’s emergency health loan program with the Burlington County Bridge Commission — the interest-free loan program is specifically aimed at helping eligible small businesses affected by the health crisis. O’Connell said these loans have helped various new businesses and maintained many businesses by providing funds to help with business-related purchases, expenses and improvements.
“The redevelopment and growth of the Highway 130 Corridor is one of the county’s greatest economic successes. This is a great example of the work the Economic Development and Regional Planning Department is doing to attract business to the county,” O’Connell said.
He boasted that, last year, building permits were issued for nearly 7 million square feet of new construction; that four new supermarkets are coming to the region; more new malls and new malls; and that there are new residential developments in nine cities.
A Lidl grocery store, feed factory, Tractor Supply and a new Wawa, as well as the expansion of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center hospital – are all examples of the economic development that has continued in the county, a he declared.
The national employment problem, which is strongly felt at the local level, continues to plague economic progress. O’Connell said businesses in Burlington County have been strained to find and retain employees. Filling in-demand jobs is something the county is working on to help individuals and businesses. the Burlington County Workforce Development Board launched its Engage by Cell program, where residents can sign up and receive text messages about job postings and other opportunities such as job fairs and training programs. They can also receive training advice. The department has also partnered with the SkillUp New Jersey training program.
The bottom line, O’Connell said, is that Burlington Country is a place where businesses and people want to be because of its affordability.
The mayors and officials of Lumberton, Mount Laurel and Marlton agreed, and each spoke of their township’s economic achievements. Cities offer many initiatives to bring new businesses to their communities.
Charles Watson, Mayor of Medford Township, said there was a lot of new business activity going on. From Farms to Main Street, the city offers residents a unique mix of restaurants, shops and businesses. And, since businesses reopened after the pandemic shutdowns, many new ones have also opened, thanks to the many city efforts and county programs that have been launched to revitalize the city. Watson said events like the city’s food truck night have also proven to be a boon to the local economy, and in total there will be four new breweries open by 2023.
Gina LaPlaca, Mayor of Lumberton Township, said her town was on the map for all the right reasons. It has a strong identity and an eye for innovation. Lumberton also looks forward to more recreational cannabis stores opening once the state clears operations. Much has been accomplished in Lumberton, according to LaPlaca, without raising taxes.
In Mount Laurel, Mayor Kareem Pritchett also highlighted the fact that even during COVID, the city has been able to deliver on the promise of zero tax increases and accomplish the opening of new businesses, like a Dunkin Donuts and a future new Wawa. . , and is open to all six classes of marijuana. Pritchett, who was sworn in as mayor of the township last January, said he is eager to help the local economy through smart policies.
Finally, Paul Conda, member of the committee, administration and services for the elderly, Township of Cinnaminson, declared that his municipality, of which he has been a resident for 40 years, is running after businesses to have then set up businesses there. “When we see something that fits, this town chases it away,” he said.
Wingstop, Tim Hortons, Popeye’s, Burger King and a Jiffy Lube are just a few of the businesses recently opened in Cinnaminson.
Conda also said any economic development is good and breweries are another great source of income for his region. Like other townships, breweries top the list to attract.
From car washes to cannabis, retail and farms, Burlington County welcomes small businesses because they are the backbone of the county’s economy. And Burlington is ready to help these businesses in any way we can and to work closely together to get things done.