GLOUCESTER COUNTY UNDERTAKES A REGIONAL APPROACH TO RETAIL RECRUITMENT
(Woodbury, NJ)- Gloucester County is taking a bold and innovative approach with their Retail Recruitment Strategy designed to look at the county as a whole instead of as individual townships. This countywide approach is the first of its kind in New Jersey.
Joseph Brigandi, Jr., Gloucester County Freeholder Liaison, explained that the idea came out of a similar, smaller effort that they conducted in Glassboro. Preliminary work brought to light that a number of surrounding towns, each working independently of each other, were planning or had proposed similar retail developments.
Recognizing a need for a better plan, the County brought in the JGSC Group to conduct a comprehensive regional analysis to gather data and develop facts-based, strategic recommendations for Gloucester County. JGSC Group is a Pennsauken-based consulting firm proven and committed to creating, enhancing and sustaining retail activity in downtown areas through a formalized a process called Community Insights.
"This is a way for the county's adjacent communities to strategically plan so that instead of competing with each other, they can compliment one another," Freeholder Brigandi said. "This way everyone benefits."
Clayton, Deptford, East Greenwich, Elk, Franklin, Glassboro, Greenwich, Harrison, Mantua, Monroe, Paulsboro, Pitman, West Deptford, and Woolwich are participating in the program. These municipalities voluntarily made resolutions for support and asked to take an active role in the initiative.
The first phase of this initiative has begun with County representatives and representatives of the JGSC Group conducting building and business assessments, stakeholder interviews and merchant visits. Stakeholders and merchants in the participating communities are strongly encouraged to take time and share their opinions on what their community needs to continue to grow and thrive during these brief interviews.
The next phase of the study, which includes community meetings and a countywide survey, will take place in two weeks. Community meetings will be held in six different locations throughout the county (see list below). The informal meetings are open to Gloucester County residents, merchants and consumers. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the survey process, discuss how the public can participate and give them an opportunity to suggest specific content for the survey. The survey will be available to participants online at www.GlouCoSurvey.com starting in July.
"The Freeholders realize that in order for Gloucester County as a whole to be successful, our towns need to be successful on their own," stated Freeholder Brigandi. "That is our goal, to help each town create its economic success."
Gloucester County Community Meeting Dates & Locations:
All Meetings Begin at 7:00 pm.
Tuesday, June 19th in Swedesboro
Margaret C. Clifford School
601 Auburn Ave, Swedesboro
Thursday, June 21st in Clarksboro
Shady Lane Community Center
256 County House Road, Clarksboro
Monday, June 25th in Harrison
Harrison Township Municipal Bldg
114 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
Tuesday, June 26th in Franklin
Franklin Township Community Center
1571 Delsea Drive, Franklinville
Wednesday, June 27th in West Deptford
RiverWinds Community Center
1000 RiverWinds Drive, Thorofare
Thursday, June 28th in Glassboro
Glassboro Municipal Courtroom
1 South Main Street, Glassboro