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The eight counties that make up North Jersey Partners

The eight counties that make up North Jersey Partners

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

North Jersey Partners is a regional partnership of eight counties – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren – to ensure that the region’s individuals and industries remain competitive, inventive, and innovative. This local demonstration project will provide the background research necessary for North Jersey Partners to create a regional workforce development strategy integrated with a regional economic development plan.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

This project proposes to:

  1. Understand the current and emerging employment trends across the seven-county region
  2. Deepen knowledge of skills gaps for current and emerging employment
  3. Offer solutions that address gaps in transportation between population centers and centers of employment
  4. Strengthen existing partnerships through coordinated, well-defined regional economic strategies

KEY ISSUES

  • Approaching opportunities and challenges collaboratively, from a regional perspective
  • Enhanced coordination between workforce development and economic development
The North Jersey Partners Kickoff Meeting

The North Jersey Partners Kickoff Meeting

RECENT UPDATES

Updated August 13, 2014

The project team and steering committee are currently developing and refining draft recommendations.

A meeting with state agencies was held on July 18 in Newark. Participants discussed draft strategies for the LDP across four topic areas (mobility, land use and economic development, workforce and jobs, and regional collaboration) as well as explored ways to link to the Together North Jersey Regional CEDS efforts.

The North Jersey team also launched two online surveys in July. The Business and Industry Survey questioned businesses on their recruiting policies and needs. The Regional Access to Jobs Survey questioned workers and job seekers about the challenges they face.

The Regional Workforce Symposium, a major milestone of the project held in early June, convened approximately 100 professionals in workforce development, planning, economic development, transportation, education and policy to explore regional workforce issues.

Materials from the JUNE 10 REGIONAL WORKFORCE SYMPOSIUM are now available and can be accessed here.

The project kicked off in late March.

PROJECT DURATION

Project completion is anticipated for summer 2014.

PROJECT TEAM

  • Regional Plan Association
  • 4ward Planning
  • Social Policy Research Associates
  • NJ Transit
  • NJTPA