Whether you are a lifelong resident, a recent resident, a business owner or just ‘passing through’ you will quickly learn what is special and unique about Gloucester County, NJ.
As a top producer of peaches, and a leader in agricultural food sales in the state, Gloucester County remains true to its agricultural roots. The county has taken the lead in permanently preserving more than 21,000 acres of farmland and open space in 19 different municipalities, in order to maintain the quality of life to its residents.
Add to our abundant farmland and open spaces a strong educational system; a pristine parks system; a large inventory of properties for development and redevelopment; a well-trained work force; and a supportive business environment – and you will find the perfect mix of opportunity and quality of life.
The county has access to many major highways, several airports, national, regional and local railways, and multiple ports, including the deep water Port of Paulsboro. Gloucester County is also known for being business-friendly, which is why the county is home to 23 industrial parks, covering 6,300 acres. With ample development and redevelopment opportunities and an aggressively proactive Department of Economic Development, public-private partnerships thrive in Gloucester County.
Gloucester County is within one hour of nearly 100 accredited colleges and universities and is home to Rowan University and Rowan College at Gloucester County.
Making quality education affordable to our residents was a top priority of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and in January 2014, we were able to accomplish that, when Gloucester County College (GCC) entered into a premier partnership with Rowan University offering students a direct, cohesive route to a bachelor’s degree with easy transfer credits at an affordable cost.
In addition to Rowan University, RCGC has articulation and credit transfer agreements with many area and online colleges and universities, and a few dual enrollment agreements. Academic areas include Nursing and Allied Health (an area with selective admissions, unlike most other programs), the Gloucester County Police Academy and related degrees, and continuing education.
Gloucester County is also the home of the New Jersey State Police Southern Real Time Crime Center on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County. The facility provides local and state law enforcement agencies a place to utilize technology, intelligence and resources, in addition to keeping our communities safer and exposing our RCGC students with up-to-date investigative tools and trends.
The county’s work force is continuously nurtured through various programs, such as the Gloucester County American Job Center, providing services to both job seekers and businesses and the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board, whose function is to develop a work force investment system that meets the need of future growth of the region.
In February 2017, the first massive ship carrying steel docked at the new Paulsboro Marine Terminal. This port is the first new marine terminal facility on the Delaware River in more than 50 years. Over 100 Gloucester County residents have been hired at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal to date and that number is expected to multiply exponentially in the coming years. This $274 million, 190-acre port will accommodate a range of export, import and domestic products and will boast one day delivery to 100 million consumers.
Gloucester County is a hub for food manufacturing, with 600 different food manufacturing companies are within a 50-mile radius. Many food manufacturers in the county are growing in terms of expanding product lines and adding clients, leading to tremendous increases in sales and millions of dollars in capital investments to their infrastructure and work force.
In 2016 the Healthcare industry contributed to one of the largest economic impacts in the county. Healthcare related new businesses created over $100 million dollars in capital investment, constructed an additional 250,000 square feet of infrastructure, and created over 500 new jobs. In fact, Eds and Meds is such an economic driver in the region that even during the peak of the recession in 2008 – 2011, employment associated with Eds and Meds increased while all other industries workforce where in decline.
There is so much to do here in Gloucester County, from wineries, arts, dining, equestrian, retail, history and our farms that you could plan an entire month’s worth of activities and still not see everything.
The Board of Chosen Freeholder has worked hard to help promote tourism in Gloucester County and in 2016 we experienced the third largest growth in the State. This growth in tourism has also increased the County’s direct tourism employment by 1.75, which is 4,969 jobs.
We are always looking for ways to serve our citizens at the lowest possible cost, to be innovative and to play a vital part of the fabric of our community.
We are committed to providing our county with first-rate government. Our continued promise to provide shared services such as GCEMS, Countywide Assessing, 911 Dispatching, Stormwater Management, Trash Disposal, and Farmland and Open Space Preservation will continue to save our municipal governments millions of dollars each year.
If you are looking for the best place to raise your family, grow your business or just relax, then come to Gloucester County.
Close to everything and far from it all, Gloucester County is the place to be.