April 2018 Edition
Welcome to the Hunterdon County Economic Development E-Newsletter
A Note from the Economic Development Director

Hunterdon County is uniquely positioned for long term prosperity by virtue of its proximity to major markets, the quality and skill of its workforce, the strength of its diverse business base, and the natural beauty of its environment. The County Freeholders have firmly committed to work with county partners to create and sustain programs and relationships that will keep Hunterdon vibrant for generations to come…and this economic development effort is one of their main tools to do just that.

Whether it’s partnering with the private sector to grow the economy, with our communities to lend tools to enable them to continue to flourish, or with our schools to develop career pathways for our students…and so much more…the Economic Development Division will always seek to continue to raise expectations for what all of our citizens can expect out of the quality of life in Hunterdon County! Please contact us at any time, for any reason and give us a chance to help grow your opportunity here!
News Spotlight
Flemington's Landmark Union Hotel Sold at Auction
"The property was awarded to Raritan Township resident Steve Romanowski and the transaction marks the next step in the hotel’s complicated history ."

Regus Continues U.S. Expansion with the Opening of Its First Center in Flemington Borough
" Regus , the world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces, has opened its first location in Flemington, NJ. Located in the former Spice Factory building, Regus’ expansion in New Jersey comes as businesses of all sizes are increasingly interested in co-working workspaces ."

Frenchtown panel hears plan for theater-gallery : ArtYard's $10 Million Facility
" The proposed 20,900-square-foot building where Front Street curves into Lott Street would contain an art gallery; ArtYard offices; and a 162-seat theater with stadium-style seating... "

Cabinet business acquires piece of ex-Montblanc pen factory, HQ
"A cabinet maker is set to take over a portion of the former Montblanc pens factory and headquarters in Hunterdon County, following a sale brokered by Charity Realty International LLC."

County Economic Development in the News
Pilot Study to Drive Hunterdon's Economic Growth: Update
"Consultants have now completed review of the ordinances and processes in both municipalities and met with officials in both towns. Businesses are scheduled to be interviewed over the next two weeks ."

State News
Flemington designated as a Opportunity Zone .
Governor Murphy Submits Recommended Opportunity Zones to U.S. Treasury :  "New Jersey is committed to using every tool at our disposal to develop our communities and grow our economy,” Governor Murphy said. “This program provides real opportunity for our state that has the potential to create significant, long-term economic development in the communities that need it the most ."

Experts optimistic about N.J.’s push for bigger share of innovation-startup economy
"Mario Casabona, an entrepreneur who runs startup accelerator TechLaunch as well as the investment firm Casabona Ventures LLC, has been watching the local community for innovation evolve over the years. And several years back, he spotted a grim trend ."

Murphy, Oliver intend to revive pair of community economic programs
"A pair of neighborhood improvement programs aimed at strengthening downtowns and encouraging private investment in communities would see their funding restored under Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget, the governor and lieutenant governor announced Thursday ."

VoTech Optimistic About The Future Of CTE Bond Act Following Senate Budget Committee Approval
"District says funding would expand programming options and update training facilities to meet employer needs throughout the region ."

Innovation Initiative Updates
Next HackHunterdon Hackathon Set for June 9-10, 2018
Interested in learning more about HackHunterdon 2018?

 2018 'Hackathon' Offers $5,000 Prize to Winning Team!
Interested in learning more about HackHunterdon 2018?
 Last year’s hackathon saw dozens of technologists compete for about $10,000 worth of cash and prizes. This year, the top team will share a $5,000 grand prize for its efforts. There’s also a potential for career opportunities for participants.

Do you want to prepare for the next Hackathon? Or just meet some really cool people? Come to a Hack Hunterdon Meetup. The group meets once a month at the Lone Eagle Brewery in Flemington. Speakers or cool workshops are scheduled, such as "Guide to Presentations and Pitching" .

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