[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Bridgewater 3-21-2005 by Ord. No. 05-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Economic Development Advisory Committee — See Ch. 12.
Editor's Note: This chapter was adopted as Ch. 40B, but was renumbered to fit into the organizational structure of the Code.
The Mayor and Township Council have determined, with the assistance of the Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development, that it is desirable and appropriate to thoroughly analyze the business and commercial structure of the municipality and region; to promote the sound economic development of the Township; to mobilize the potential resources of the Township for efficient business, commercial and corporate users; and to maintain and improve the Township's relationship with business and commerce within the Township.
Economic development would include the preservation of economic stability in Bridgewater Township through a positive commercial environment for the attraction, promotion and retention of diversified economic activities with protection for the quality-of-life of Bridgewater residents.
To achieve these goals, the Township Council has adopted an ordinance creating the Economic Development Advisory Committee and now, as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development, wishes to create the position of Economic Development Officer.
There is hereby established in the Township the position of Economic Development Officer. The employee holding that position shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The Economic Development Officer shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, who shall have the power to discharge that individual. The Director shall report directly to the Administrator, and such position shall include the functions of marketing, commercial relations, centralized information and guidance.
The marketing function shall include the responsibility of encouraging potential new economic development in Bridgewater. The Officer shall develop cooperative relationships throughout the state and with other local entities such as the State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the Somerset County Business Partnership. The Officer shall respect the importance of maintaining confidentiality to avoid premature exposure of the intentions of a business entity exploring the possibilities of a Bridgewater location.
The commercial relations function shall include the maintenance of contacts with the other business organizations in the region, state, nationally, internationally and directly with businesses located within Bridgewater. In this function, the Officer shall have a dialogue with business firms so as to determine how the Township may be meeting or failing to meet their needs in order to strengthen their business activities and the promotion of business opportunities.
The centralized information function shall include the ability to respond to the needs for information about Township policies, rules and ordinances. The Officer shall be able to provide information on the availability of private offerings of locations which may be a benefit to weigh commercial operation which are searching for a new location or investigating the possibility of expansion.
The guidance function shall involve helping business, commercial and corporate interests through the maze of procedures involving Township boards, commissions and officials. The Officer shall be able to guide an applicant for Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment action on the kinds of information the applicant will most likely need in the pursuit of an application. However, the Officer can only assist with the process and procedures and shall advise anyone being assisted that the Officer is not in a position to predict or assure the ultimate outcome or the time necessary for an application to be acted upon.
The Officer shall support the Economic Development Advisory Committee in its services and act in a collaborative fashion with that Committee, including the maintenance of a budget.
The Officer shall provide monthly reports to the Mayor and Council with respect to his / her marketing, commercial relations, centralized information and guidance functions as well as any other matters relating to economic development relating to that office.
The position of Economic Development Officer shall remain in existence until December 31, 2006, after which time the need for said office shall be reevaluated by the Administration for recommendation to Council. A determination as to whether to continue the position will be made prior to the adoption of the 2007 municipal budget.
The Economic Development Officer shall receive, from all officers and official bodies of the Township, such assistance as may be required by him in performing his duties. The Officer shall have access to Township public information and records which may assist in the performance of his duties.
Insofar as may be practicable, the employees and assistance required by the Officer shall be recruited from the public officers and employees of the municipality. The Municipal Attorney, Municipal Engineer and the various departments of the municipal government shall be available to the Officer, at the direction of the Administration, for the purposes of the Officer's and the Economic Development Advisory Committee's business. Municipal employees serving the Officer shall do so without compensation, other than their regular compensation as employees of the municipality.