EDC 10-19-11 minutes Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF OCTOBER 19, 2011

8:00AM

ROLL CALL

Ron Cain, Jr., Chair - present                           Margaret Miller – Sanders - present

Everett Vreeland - present                                Deane Driscoll - present

Ron Soussa - absent                                         Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 - present

Jennifer Horowitz - present                               Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 - absent

Alexander Kachmar - absent                                                                                       

Liaisons:

Township Committee:   Jim Sandham - present; Deb Nielson (alt) - absent       

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - present

Environmental Commission:       Monica Mianecki - present

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP - Principal Planner - present

OLD BUSINESS

BoA & Planning Board applications update

Deane Driscoll - BOA

Mr. Driscoll gave overview of the JCP&L sound barrier application and Romola Enterprises, which would renovate the old Carlson Tool building.

Tony Speciale - Planning Board                       

Mr. Speciale gave an overview of the new zoning ordinance hearing and that the new ordinance will make development guidelines clearer and be a propeller for EDC initiatives.  The rezoning recommended in the master plan will assist with redevelopment of properties.

Ms. Sanders indicates that this should be advertised as a positive step for the Township.

Mr. Sandham indicated that a summary should be prepared for each area of the Township.  He went to the employee picnic for Manhattan Labs, which is a growing business that is happy in Montville.     

Subcommittee Reports

New Business

Business Retention

There were no subcommittee reports.

NEW BUSINESS

Speaker - Noel McGuire, Business Advocate - New Jersey Business Action Center, Department of State.

Mr. McGuire discussed his role in providing guidance to businesses seeking incentives to relocate or expand in New Jersey.  He has been with the state for over ten years and he currently works in the Business Action Center, which is differentiated from the marketing (Choose NJ) initiatives of the state.  The Business Advocates mainly respond to requests of businesses looking to relocate to NJ or to help retain existing businesses. 

He is not a civil servant. There are six field reps and one office manager at the state.  The governor has a new strategy that seeks to be as active as possible in business attraction and retention. There is a call center that allows for business registration and LLC formation as well as entry-level information to assist with business formation.

Mr. McGuire recommends that the EDC focus on the Chamber of Commerce as a way to reach out to businesses.  Also use the MCEDC as a way to market Montville since they receive many calls and also speak with Mr. McGuire on a regular basis.   Montville can involve all departments and boards as much as possible in understanding the importance of economic development.  He also suggested adding a clear point of contact on the Montville website for EDC matters.

He also suggests that Montville have a “Welcome Letter” ready for all new businesses and that the EDC have its own “strategic action” plan.  He also suggests that EDC members attend the Builders Association conference, National Realtors conference, and any other land use or specific use (e.g. grocery) association conferences to market the town. Other organizations to reach out to include the EDANJ and the Morris County Improvement Authority.

APPLICANTS

There were no applicants to appear before the subcommittee.

 

MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 9-21-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr.; Margaret Miller-Sanders; Deane Driscoll; Ron Soussa; Arnold Schancupp; Jennifer Horowitz; Alex Kachmar

                                                                       

 

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