Township looking at attracting, keeping businesses

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Representatives from the state’s Business Action Center recently toured Middle Township as local officials try to attract and retain businesses.

The Middle Township Economic Development Council hosted Lauren Moore, director of Business Advocacy for New Jersey and Lloyd Oxford, the representative for Cape May County from the same office, which falls under the New Jersey Department of State.

Moore looked at the available land suitable for development, which included brownfield sites. Former industrial or commercial locations that have contaminated are called brownfield sites.

The purpose of the recent tour was to keep the door open with the state and keep Middle Township in the forefront for development projects that would result in year-round jobs and income from tax ratables, local officials said in a press release about the event.

“The Middle Township Economic Development Council has aggressive initiatives planned for 2013,” said Carol Struett, chairwoman of the Economic Development Council.

Triad Associates is working on a market analysis, which should be finished in early 2013. The press release did not indicate how much Triad is being paid for the work.

“This market analysis will assess practical market targets in the context of retail/commercial/manufacturing opportunities in the township and create an economic development blueprint that provides a clear message to existing businesses seeking to expand and/or diversify as well as a tool to attract new developments into the area,” Struett said.

Also planned is a discussion with businesses on ways to streamline the process of opening a business.

A workshop is planned in March for residents who want to open a business. The program will include information about Small Business Administration loans, zoning, bidding on government contracts and applying for grants.

The Economic Development Council encourages anyone interested in opening a business to contact Jill Becker, Middle Township economic development coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-465-8731.

Those having a commercial property that’s on the market should contact Becker so it can be posted for free on the Economic Development Council’s website.

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