NEWS ALERT: Report highlights health, economic, educational gains in Camden
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BREAKING: Two articles just came out today regarding a new report confirming the positive impact of grants provided by New Jersey's Economic Development Authority through the Grow New Jersey and Economic Redevelopment and Growth programs. Please take a minute to read the articles below, as well as the full report, which can be found here.
ROI-NJ; January 15, 2019
A new report prepared by Econsult Solutions Inc., and praised by former Gov. Jim Florio in the introduction, touts the positive impact of investments on social determinants of health in Camden.
ESI’s 44-page report, submitted to the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, highlights a number of changes to the city since 2006, including investments in public safety, education, neighborhood and physical environment, health and health care, and economic development.
Specifically, the report touts the Grow New Jersey incentives and Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program grants from the state’s Economic Development Authority. The tax incentives have come under harsh scrutiny after a recent audit by the state Comptroller’s Office, which showed that many companies did not satisfy the minimum requirements for such incentives. “Grow NJ and ERG’s impacts in Camden have been significant,” the report said.
Courier-Post; January 15, 2019
A Philadelphia-based consulting firm specializing in economic development and public policy says progress in several key indicators of civic well-being is evident in Camden since 2011.
"Camden is seeing marked improvements in the economic, health, educational, and social wellbeing of its residents for the first time in half a century," concluded the report, titled "The Positive Impacts of in Investments in Camden, NJ, on Social Determinants of Health."
The report, compiled by Econsult Solutions, Inc., was presented to the Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors on Tuesday. "This is a magnificent case study as to how municipal revitalization should happen," said former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio, who represented Camden in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 until 1990.