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Middle Township to Discuss Ways to Attract Entrepreneurs and Millennials

It’s not just Cape May County that exports our college educated residents. Statewide, business leaders concerned about New Jersey’s economic future are looking for ways to stop the out-migration of young professionals and entrepreneurs.  What will make them stay?  Research shows they are looking for reasonably priced housing, walkable communities, jobs, and access to transportation.

Middle Township recognizes the need to create an environment where entrepreneurs and millennials want to live, work and play, and feels the potential for areas such as Cape May Court House and Rio Grande to be more pedestrian and bike friendly is achievable. Additionally, with tourism as the county’s main industry, attracting millennials to visit our area is also an opportunity. In November 2017, Forbes reported on millennial travels in an article “Why Millennials Are The Most Important Consumer Generation for the Travel Industry”.

Middle Township Economic Development Council invites businesses and residents to a public discussion on this topic on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m. at Atlantic Cape Community College, 341 Court House South Dennis Rd., Cape May Court House.

Millennials are the best-educated generation, so employers are moving to where millennials what to live. In Cape May County, several technology companies have relocated here and are looking for ways to attract engineers, technical experts, and entrepreneurs to the area.  The challenges include a lack of housing options and year around amenities that meet the expectations of this demographic.

Two panels will lead the discussion. The first will be a combination of experts to discuss the importance of attracting this group in order to grow and maintain a strong economy now and into the future.  They will also discuss what type of businesses will fill the gap.

The second panel will consist of local young entrepreneurs that have established businesses in the area: why they chose Cape May County, as well as the opportunities, challenges, and what they think we need to grow our local economy.

If you would like to participate in one of the panels, please contact Elizabeth Terenik, Business Administrator, at 609-465-8732 or eterenik@middletownship.com.

Middle Township to Discuss Ways to Attract Entrepreneurs and Millennials 2018-05-27T19:37:10+00:00

Middle Township Announces Small Cities CDBG Funding for Home Rehabilitation

The Middle Township Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for Home Rehabilitation projects within the Township. The Township has been awarded funds for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) under the housing rehabilitation category for town-wide housing rehabilitation.

As part of the award, Middle Township is seeking low and moderate-income property owners interested in participating in the program.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for low and moderate-income homeowners to make needed repairs to their homes. To be eligible, an applicant must meet income requirements, be able to provide home owners insurance coverage and be up to date on all municipal taxes.

One of the benefits of this grant is that the money goes out as 0% interest loans. It is not due and payable until the house is refinanced, sold or no longer used as a primary dwelling by the owner. “For homeowners who cannot obtain funds through bank loans, this program is a wonderful option that requires no out of pocket costs. The grant also allows the Town to establish a revolving loan fund in perpetuity to provide assistance to additional residents who need home repairs”, said Mayor Michael Clark.

Some possible uses that have been identified include replacing failed furnaces, roofs, windows, and connection to city utilities. These funds can provide for ADA modifications to homes as well, such as entrance ramps and bathroom modifications.

To be eligible for this grant, the town must demonstrate that there is a demand and need for this program, and that residents would welcome this assistance and take advantage of the program to rehabilitate their homes.

Please contact Nancy Sittineri at 609-465-8731 for an application or visit our website at

Economic Development Council

 

 

Middle Township Announces Small Cities CDBG Funding for Home Rehabilitation 2018-05-27T19:37:10+00:00

Atlantic City Electric – Maintaining Reliable Service for Customers by Inspecting 28,000 Poles

At Atlantic City Electric, we strive to alert our customers on a variety of company programs and initiatives through traditional media and through our social media channels. The May message of the month provides insight on Atlantic City Electric’s Wood Pole Inspection Program. This initiative is another means of supporting Atlantic City Electric’s commitment to continue to provide safe and reliable service to customers. Please review the announcement below and help us spread the word to your community about this reliability enhancement work by posting on your social media networks.

Atlantic City Electric will inspect more than 28,000 wooden utility poles throughout 2018 as part of the company’s commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy for customers. The company’s Wood Pole Inspection Program is part of the preventive maintenance work it undertakes annually to proactively review its system and address potential problems before they occur. Over the last five years, Atlantic City Electric has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in southern New Jersey to modernize the local electric distribution system and enhance reliability for customers.

“Inspecting wood utility poles is one example of the proactive work we perform each year that helps us deliver safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Susan Coan, Atlantic City Electric region vice president. “Routine inspections and other preventative maintenance work are essential to effectively maintaining our electric system by addressing potentially vulnerable areas across our system.”

Inspections include examining poles and the attached electrical equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Following an inspection, Atlantic City Electric makes any necessary repairs and replacements so the pole can safely serve customers until its next inspection.

Atlantic City Electric maintains more than 284,000 poles across its service area and each pole is inspected every 10 years in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code. The 2018 wood pole inspections will occur throughout the Atlantic City Electric service territory.

To learn more, visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online news room. Find additional information about Atlantic City Electric by visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Atlantic City Electric’s mobile app is available at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to approximately 550,000 customers in southern New Jersey

Atlantic City Electric – Maintaining Reliable Service for Customers by Inspecting 28,000 Poles 2018-05-27T19:37:10+00:00

Cape May Court House McDonald’s Chosen as Middle Township’s First Business of the Month for April 2018

Middle Township Mayor Michael Clark presents the Business of the Month Award to Jim and Rita Burlaga, Township residents and owners of McDonald’s in Cape May Court House

The Township of Middle in its quest to recognize local businesses for their support and dedication, has chosen the Cape May Court House McDonald’s to be the very first Business of the Month. “McDonald’s is a cornerstone of our community”, said Mayor Michael Clark. Owners, Jim and Rita Burlaga have proudly owned this establishment for 20 years.

In December of 2016 the restaurant underwent a vast upgrade to the interior and exterior of the building. This included all new fixtures from top to bottom, inside and out. However, the upgrades didn’t stop there. New technology has infiltrated into unparalleled customer support and innovation. This is easily experienced through the custom kiosk that provides table service, the fresh flowers on each table and the quality ingredients served. New to the menu is a fresh quarter pounder with cheese that is never frozen, along with organic apple juice and breakfast all day.

Behind the scenes is a dedicated workforce of 40 that is overseen by a long-standing and valued employee, Director of Operations Carol Wygro. She started working for McDonald’s under the ownership of the Burlaga’s in Salem County over 30 years ago. Since that time Ms. Wygro has continued to grow, educate herself and raise a family. She proudly oversees all four McDonald’s held by the Burlaga’s throughout Southern New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education yet stays within a company she loves. “McDonald’s takes care of their employees by offering educational Archway Opportunity Scholarships yearly and by offering merit increases twice a year”, said Jim Burlaga.

In fostering good will and community spirit, donations have been made to After-Proms, Christmas in Court House, the After-School Program at the Martin Luther King Center, Fire House drills and so much more. Most recently, you can find our Township Police Officers at McDonald’s for their “Cops and Coffee” program. “We are proud of our community and are thrilled to not only own a business here, but live here as well”, said Rita Burlaga.

Middle Township encourages the public to support all local businesses that are great community partners.

Cape May Court House McDonald’s Chosen as Middle Township’s First Business of the Month for April 2018 2018-05-27T19:37:10+00:00

Economic Development Council hosting a Business Roundtable Discussion Tuesday, May 1st

Middle Township’s Economic Development Council will be hosting a business roundtable discussion at its monthly public meeting this Tuesday, May 1st at 6 p.m at Township Hall, 2 S. Boyd Street, Cape May Court House.

Middle Township has a strong economy; much of it stems from its seasonal base. The Township’s population is estimated at 18,632 – an increase of more than 2,000 residents in the past 18 years. Median household income is $65,224 and disposable household income is estimated at $46,734.

There are 1,226 employers in Middle Township, representing all sectors of the economy. The great majority of these businesses (40%) are in the services sector with another 20% in retail trade. In total, these employers provide almost 17,000 jobs – many more than needed to accommodate the Township’s labor force.

Nonetheless, Township officials would like to attract additional firms and new employers to the community. This Business Roundtable is to begin identifying the issues that may help define the marketing approach that is best for the Township.

The discussion will center on several key questions, listed below. The Township also wants to hear about initiatives that the Township might take that will enhance its market potential. We want to consider both business attraction as well as those initiatives that will help us retain and expand our existing business base.

KEY QUESTIONS

1. To what extent is your business seasonal?
a.) If it is seasonal, in what month do you see the most significant surge in sales, and conversely, when do you see the most significant downturn?
b.) What percentage of your total business sales do you attribute to seasonal activity?
c.) If your business is not seasonal, how do you explain that?

2. Does most of your business come from local patrons, meaning those that live in the area full time, or from transient or seasonal customers?

3. If you had to identify a business or a business sector that seems to be missing in the local economy or that you feel is underrepresented, what would it be?

4. Are there businesses that you would like to see in the Township that could help your business grow and expand?

5. If your business is part of a national or regional chain, do you know how your business performs relative to the other stores/businesses in the chain?

6. What is the typical market area for your business? “My customers typically come from:”
a.) Within 15 minutes of my business
b.) Within 30 minutes of my business
c.) From beyond 30 minutes

7. Which of the following is the most productive venue for marketing your business?
a.) Newspaper or Print Advertising
b.) Word of Mouth
c.) Internet/On-line Ads
d.) Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
e.) Radio
f.) Television
g.) Our Location
h.) Other

8. What is the biggest obstacle that you see to attracting new businesses to Middle Township or keeping our existing business base?

9. Is population growth in the Township a critical factor in your ability to expand your business and increase sales?

10. Are there other factors or issues involving business development in Middle Township that you would like to discuss?

11. What is your perspective of the regulatory environment in Middle Township?

12. How would you rate your point of contact and customer service in the Township?

For additional information please contact Elizabeth Terenik, Business Administrator (609) 465-8732 or eterenik@middletownship.com

Economic Development Council hosting a Business Roundtable Discussion Tuesday, May 1st 2018-05-27T19:37:10+00:00

Andrea Bruno Honored as Middle Township’s Employee of The Month

Mayor Michael Clark and Deputy Mayor Jeff DeVico congratulate Andrea Bruno as Middle Township March Employee of the Month

 At its March 19th meeting, the Middle Township Committee honored Andrea Bruno as the March 2018 Employee of the Month. As the Deputy Township Clerk and Deputy Registrar, Andrea has risen from the level of Keyboarding Clerk to her present position in a short one and a half years, in many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for this award. Andrea’s ambitions and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients, making her highly deserving of this honor and opportunity.

Andrea works tirelessly at obtaining various State certifications and continues to update her knowledge in the clerk and registrar fields making her a tremendous asset to not only the residents of our Township but our many visitors.

Throughout her career Andrea has exhibited continued and unwavering professionalism and dedication. She projects a warm, cheerful attitude to all she encounters, working hard to resolve conflicts and handling difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her.

The Middle Township Employee of the Month program was initiated by the Township Committee to honor employees who exemplify the Township’s commitment to better delivery of services and going the extra mile for residents. The program culminates with the Darius Graham Employee of the Year honor that is named after one of the Township’s most beloved employees in its history.

Nominations for the Employee of the Month Program are available inside Middle Township hall at three locations: Human Resources and Training Department, Administration Department, and on the bulletin board. Residents from the Township who have had a very positive interaction with any Middle Township employee may pick up the one-page nomination form and fill it out in the employee’s behalf. Each month a Township employee will be selected; the winning nominee will receive a certificate at a future Township Committee meeting along with a photograph posted on the bulletin board.

Andrea Bruno Honored as Middle Township’s Employee of The Month 2018-06-02T19:20:16+00:00

Middle Township Focuses on Job and Business Opportunities

The Middle Township Economic Development Council is continuing its energizing efforts to encourage and enhance business and job development. The council hosted a panel presentation April 3 that highlighted resources available to assist job seekers. The presentation was a follow-up to the Council´s March meeting, which featured advice on being business friendly.

“We are dedicated to increasing opportunities and to linking our residents with resources to help them grow and thrive in their careers. The Council´s momentum and focus is an important catalyst to spurring new businesses development opportunities,” said chair Brian Murphy.

Panelists at the April 3rd event outlined expected employment trends and highlighted the detailed training and programs available in Middle Township to help meet the anticipated workforce needs. Healthcare is among the industries projected to grow in Cape May County and the demand is strong for qualified employees, especially nurses, said Connie DiMemmo, RN. DiMemmo is a human resources consultant at Cape Regional Medical Center, one of the largest private employers in the area. Cape Regional and its affiliated Cape Regional Physicians Associates, offers benefits and many opportunities to advance and grow in a career. There are also many positions available in non-clinical support services, including nutritional services, maintenance and administration.

DiMemmo said Cape Regional, along with Atlantic Cape Community College and the Cape May County Technical School, offer specialized training and individualized education plans to mentor and encourages those interested in nursing, respiratory therapy and other medical programs. Contact DiMemmo at 609.463.2721 or cdimemmo@caperegional.com.

Maria Kellett of Atlantic Cape was also among the panelists. Kellett, the Associate Dean, Resource Development & Dean, Cape May Campus, spoke of the school’s commitment to serving as a strong resource for education and workforce development. The school´s offerings are geared to local industry, including healthcare, drone development, science and technology and more. The college plans to increase networking and offerings at the Cape May County campus, with the goal of the campus becoming a true community hub, she said.

Additionally, Atlantic Cape offers customized training for businesses and their employees, including computer classes and customer service workshops tailored to various industries. Visit www.atlantic.edu or contact Kellett at 609.463.3670 or mkellett@atlantic.edu.

Community Service Aide Raymond Heslip, Jr., of the Cape May County Division of Workforce Development, shared how the department assists both jobseekers and businesses. The county´s One Stop Career Center located in Wildwood, provides assistance to those who are unemployed or underemployed, he said. A job coach of sorts, Heslip links candidates with opportunities, and coordinates on the job training and mentorship. There are benefits available to qualifying and partnering employers, including tax incentives and training reimbursement funds. Heslip can be reached at Raymond.Heslip@co.cape-may.nj.us or call 609.854.4741.

Joseph Sittineri, executive director of Jersey Cape Diagnostics, rounded out the panel. The non-profit offers a variety of programs, including employment and training services for those with disabilities. Sittineri detailed how Jersey Cape also links with at risk youth to help them complete high school and obtain employment. Establishing partnerships is the key link in workforce development, he said. Sittineri can be reached at 609.465.4117 or via the website www.jerseycape.org.

Middle´s EDC hosts monthly open meetings to explore and discuss increasing employment and economic opportunities for local residents. One of the primary goals is to make Middle Township more attractive for businesses to expand and grow with the goal of well-paying jobs, amenities for the residents and tourists, and a stronger local economy. For more information, call Economic Development Coordinator Nancy Sittineri at 609-465-8731 or nsittineri@middletownship.com.

Middle Township Focuses on Job and Business Opportunities 2018-05-29T09:35:12+00:00