SHIP BOTTOM, N.J.
- Jan. 7, 2014
-- The first quarterly report will be released at the January 14 of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce held at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin. This will reflect the work done by the council since their first meeting of the Regional Business Development Council took place August 21 at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Building. As part of the 100th Anniversary of the business organizaton, the Southern Ocean Chamber board and members have brought together businesspeople and community leaders to create a council to discuss and set the tone for economic growth within the region. Representatives from Barnegat EDC, Barnegat Chamber, Lacey EDC, Lacey Chamber, Beach Haven Borough, Borough of Ship Bottom, Tuckerton EDC, Stockton College, SCORE, MODC, Stafford Township, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Ocean County Planning, Ocean County Tourism, NJ Office of Planning, Ship Bottom Merchants Association and liaisons from congressional and legislative districts. Representatives also include Real Estate professionals, Insurance and construction industries as well. The council has been divided into working committees that include Policy- Chair Ken Nilson Growth Sector- co chairs Virginia Brodsky and Christopher Schwab and Business Incubator/Workforce Development – co chairs Jerry Thompson and Robert Goodyear.
The goal is to create feasible economic growth and stability for the residents and businesspeople of Southern Ocean County, which is defined from Forked River to Little Egg Harbor and includes Long Beach Island. The council has identified business districts that have potential for expansion for mixed use businesses, including corporate offices, light manufacturing, and distribution. It also takes into consideration the need for residential, mixed transit use, and need for larger employers. Tourism opportunities with potential to keep niche markets moving to a year round model. The final report which will be released in 2015 will represent the area in the overall with Ocean County in the Together New Jersey Plan.
The potential for using vacant property not for retail but for expo centers, waterfront taxi, business incubators and other start up incentives have been discussed during the first quarter meetings. With the new Economic Opportunity Act, the council has identified the priority zones that will give up to $3000 per employee to new businesses opening up within our footprint with 25 employees or more. For quarterly findings or information about Sotuhern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce please contact 609 494 7211 or online at www.visitLBIregion.com