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.
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.)
g.) Our Location
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle Township will be addressing the area job market at a public meeting scheduled for April 3rd at 6 p.m. in Township Hall. The discussion, hosted by the Economic Development Council hopes to resolve the contradiction of a lack of jobs and the inability of employers to fill positions. Presenters include Cape May County One Stop, Jersey Cape Diagnostics and Training, Atlantic Cape Community College, and Cape Regional Medical Center.
The goal of the meeting is for the community to be more successful in connecting workers and jobs, and to prepare our work force for the jobs that are available now or in the future.
Also participating is Cape May County business D-Tech, a company that invents, designs and manufactures high-end library equipment for large libraries around the world. They are a growing company and will provide information on the positions they are looking to fill, and the qualifications required. Atlantic Cape Community College will be discussing their training programs, including the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist program.
Middle´s Economic Development Council 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 email@example.com.
Middle Township officials are delighted to announce a Cape May County Open Space Program grant award in the amount of $1,290,630 for the construction of “Rio Grande Park”. Significant public input was sought and received for this project. Officials wanted to know exactly what the residents wanted in the recreation complex, while ensuring the Township’s Open Space and Recreation Plan was followed. As part of the Plan’s extensive public input, interviews with 25 sports and environmental groups were conducted, 188 public surveys were completed, and two well-attended public meetings were held.
The proposed recreation development is well positioned in the heart of Rio Grande, and is right on the County-wide bike path on Railroad Avenue just north of Route 47. It is envisioned that this facility will be a destination with a wide array of activities that will attract people of all ages. “We are extremely appreciative of the support from the Open Space Board and their commitment to Middle Township” Mayor Michael Clark said. “We look forward to providing quality recreation amenities to our residents and visitors alike.”
The following improvements are being included: large and small dog park, basketball courts, multi-use courts that host tennis and pickleball, bike repair station, bike racks, water fountains, bocce courts, shaded tables and benches, gazebo with picnic tables, security cameras, message center and significant open lawn area with electric for movies, public speaking and dedications. In addition, this project will provide a protected off-road location for motorists to park and use the bike path.
“This is great news for Township residents and all those who use the quickly expanding bike path system,” Committeeman Tim Donohue said. “I applaud the great teamwork by Township employees, our design professionals and our Recreation Advisory Board that will help make this vision a reality.”
Cash Grants Available For Customer Energy Bills
Energy assistance is still available in southern New Jersey to help Atlantic City Electric customers pay for winter energy bills. Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Atlantic City Electric customers can receive up to $1,000 in grant support toward their energy bill that they do not have to pay back. Customers must apply during LIHEAP’s open period to ensure they can secure their grant while money is still available.
Atlantic City Electric customers can submit LIHEAP applications now to secure their grants. Customers can apply for LIHEAP through April 30, 2018 by visiting nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/html or by contacting their local LIHEAP agency. For a list of LIHEAP agencies by county, visit state.nj.us/dca/agencydirectorylist.html.
“We understand that our customers may face financial challenges in meeting their energy needs, so we help them secure the essential energy assistance they need to help pay their utility bills,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “It is essential that our customers submit their application now, before this important money runs out.”
Last week, Atlantic City Electric employees traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in LIHEAP Action Day hosted by the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition. The employees advocated for policies that protect funding for the LIHEAP program by sharing stories with elected officials and policymakers that demonstrate the program’s value to vulnerable households in southern New Jersey.
To be eligible for a grant, a customer’s annual household income cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. Each state has determined eligibility guidelines based on household size and income. Homeowners, renters, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Customers do not have to be behind on their bills to receive a grant.
New Jersey’s eligibility requirements are as follows:
- $24,120 – One-person household
- $32,484 – Two-person household
- $40,848 – Three-person household
- $49,200 – Four-person household
In addition to LIHEAP, there are many other programs and tips available to help Atlantic City Electric customers save money and manage their energy costs. Customers can also Get more detailed information about your energy usage so you can make more informed choices about how you use energysign up for My Account, which contains tools and detailed energy usage information. By tracking their energy use, comparing usage trends, and discovering the results of energy-saving practices, customers can manage their energy more efficiently. Customers can visit atlanticcityelectric.com to learn more about My Account, available energy assistance programs, and other ways to save money and energy
Customers also can receive financial assistance through Helping Hands, a program, funded by Atlantic City Electric, providing $3 million to help struggling customers meet their energy needs during the next three years. These funds are annually dispersed to low-income residents through the Affordable Housing Alliance, New Jersey SHARES, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden and the People for People Foundation.
Atlantic City Electric will work with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. The company offers payment options, like budget billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly electricity costs, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans. Customers who may be struggling to make a payment should contact Atlantic City Electric as soon as possible at 800-642-3780.
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