County Comprehensive Economic Development
(Woodbury, NJ) -- The Gloucester County Department of Economic Development is nearing completion of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the county. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr. announced today that the Department of Economic Development will hold a final input and review session on Friday, September 14 to confirm the public and committees input into the plan narrative and project inventory matrix.
A CEDS is required to qualify for federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) assistance. "This is an important process to go through to qualify for federal dollars to help enhance economic development in our region, stated Freeholder Director Sweeney.
"A number of important projects which benefit the community have received EDA funding in the past including $750,000 for the fiber optic loop project in Glassboro and $1.8 million in infrastructure support funding for the Port of Paulsboro project, Sweeney said.
As part of the CEDS process, two public outreach sessions were conducted in the spring to solicit the input of citizens, faith-based and community service organizations.
Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr. said that the CEDS committee is comprised of 42 community, business and government leaders. To date solid strategic goals and objectives, along with a data base of potential community and economic development projects which will benefit Gloucester County have been developed. The committee has met several times since project kick-off in December 2006.
"Countywide planning is an essential component to the success of our economic development strategy and part of that process includes reaching out to the community and getting input, said Freeholder Brigandi. "It is a vital part to the CEDS planning process. Brigandi is the Freeholder liaison to the Department of Economic Development.
The meeting, which will be held on Friday, September 14th at RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford will begin at 8:30 a.m.
For more information contact the Department of Economic Development 856-384-6930.