CEDS Committee Meeting February 16, 2007 RiverWinds Community Center (8:30am-10:00am) Members Present Bob Law, Woodbury Jennifer Mauro, One Stop Sue Miller, Clayton Tiffany Grandison, CDBG James Gayman, Rowan Patricia Knobloch, Franklin Township Ed Campbell, Pitman Jacquelyn Love, Deptford Township Chuck Romick, Gloucester County Joe Villari, Woodbury Andy DiNardo, WIB Joe Delmar, Woolwich Linda Scancella, Newfield Allen Magid, Gloucester County College Danae Croce, GCIA James Watson, East Greenwich Kathy Farinaccio, WIB/Comcast Michelle Giuliani-Shirey, GCED Marc Kamp, Paulsboro Lisa Morina, GCED Linda Scancella, Newfield Marlene Z. Asselta, SNJDC Joseph Frattali, GCED Bill Flemming, Woodbury Jerry Velazquez, Triad Associates Michael Zumpino, Triad Associates Steve Kehs, Triad Associates Fred Keating , GCIT Anne Henry, National Park Rhone Carr, GCCC This meeting was called to order at 8:35 a.m. by Lisa Mornia, Director of Economic Development for Gloucester County. After she asked everyone to introduce themselves she moved on to the approvals for the previous minutes. The minutes for January 16, 2007 were approved in a motion given by Chuck Romick, seconded by Jacquelyn Love and approved by the entire Committee. At this time Ms. Morina turned to floor over to Mike Zumpino of Traid Associates. Mr. Zumpino welcomed the members and thanked them for coming out in the harsh weather conditions. Mr. Zumpino gave a brief recap of last months meeting topics which included: Strengths and Weaknesses as it relates to the demographic make up of Gloucester County. Different types of industries in Gloucester County, focusing cottage industries such as agriculture and the oil refineries Aging downtowns Transportation issues associated with the increase in population over the last decade Before Mr. Zumpino introduced the Market Analysis, Ms. Morina pointed out that the full CEDS document will be posted on the Gloucester County Economic Development website and it is very important and useful to post this information to attack businesses thorough the web. Mr. Zumpino continued his presentation by introducing Dr. Perniciaro, also of Traid Associates for outline the Market Analysis for the CEDS Committee. Dr. Perniciaro began by explaining the content of the document as it is divided into four sections. 1) The Current Economy 2) Economic Trends 3) Recommendations for enhancing growth in key sections 4) Summary and Conclusions Starting with section 1 The Current Economy, Mr. Perniciaro noted that Gloucester County’s current economic climate is such that the housing prices have increased, residential; income levels have also increased and poverty has decreased. He also mention that Gloucester County need to be an importer of money and spoke about industry as it relates to creating wealth to the county. These dollars need to come from outside Gloucester County and this factor opens the door for more tourism driven industry. Dr. Perniciaro spoke about private sector employment including manufacturing and the retail trade market; he continued the talk about the high average pay wages in the manufacturing and oil refinery sectors. He also mentions other employment sectors in Gloucester County that are on the rise such as healthcare, administrative waste service, retail and accommodations and food services. At this point Mr. Perniciaro asked the committee to turn their attention to pages 8, 9, and 20 of the Market Analysis prepared by Triad Associates as he explained development pattern in the county, wages by municipality, and new growth areas and patterns with corresponding charts included in the market analysis. Before going any further, Mr. Zumpino asked Dr. Perniciaro to discuss the economics trends as it relates to the manufacturing industry. Ms. Morina added that there is a linkage between manufacturing and job growth and attraction, as well as a linkage to new development. Dr. Perniciaro agreed with Ms. Morina and noted that manufacturing has not declined in Gloucester County as it has in other counties and to help insure that it does not decline we should make the effort to get a better understanding of industry characteristics and their proximity to their customers. Mr. Perniciaro continued to discuss other private sector industry such as professional technical services and healthcare retail which have seen an increase in growth in Gloucester County. On the down side Gloucester County does not have a technical research industry base and south jersey as a region has a lack of those types of cottage industries. South Jersey also lacks in the field of research facilities and Gloucester County only holds the lower end jobs in the technical research sector. On a positive note, Dr. Perniciaro added, the development of South Jersey Tech Park at Rowan University is the first step in attracting higher levels jobs in the technical and research fields. Ms. Morina added to Dr. Perniciaro comments by remarking that Gloucester County is on the cusp of capitalizing on what the Tech Park has to offer as it relates to creating a life science, research and technical job base, and economic development in the county. She added it also ads to quality of life issues and the idea of living near where you work. Dr. Perniciaro agreed and added that Gloucester County is also on the cusp of a changing economy, and that we are now competing against the housing make which is still thriving in Gloucester county he says we have to ask the question; Are we going to change and grow effectively or, are we going to build a bunch of houses? He also spoke about the diversity of the county and how it related to growing industries in the region. At this time he had the committee turn to pages 22, 25, and 28 of the Market Analysis and briefly discussed growing industries according to the state, job vacancy rates, and transportation issues. Dr. Perniciaro opened the floor to any question before continuing. Sue miller, Business Administrator for the Borough of Clayton asked if it is important to note the movement trends in Gloucester County as it pertaining to our aging population. Deptford Township added that she feels there is a trend of people moving to Delaware. Dr. Perniciaro felt that both issue were worth tracking. The topic changed to retail as Mr. DiNardo, Director of the Workforce Investment Board for Gloucester County asked if by increasing the retail job sector we would be in fact under employing more people in the retail sector. Mr. Perniciaro replied that is why your need diversity in the retail market, so there is not an increase of under employed in that sector. He added the with the growing number for retail jobs there should be a retail certification program offered at County Colleges and it should be more career oriented. At this time there were no more question so Mr. Zumpino recommended we more on to talk about the reformatting of the goals and objective of the CEDS. Mr. Kehs noted that he would like to include more tourism related goals into the CEDS. And again reiterated that we are still taking project proposal form and would like to get as many as possible by next meeting, Mr. Zumpino and Ms. Morina agreed. Since there was no further business to discuss at this meeting Ms. Morina announced the next meeting to be held on March 16th from 8:30am until 10:30am at RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford Township. This meeting was adorned at 10:15 a.m.
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