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South Jersey Economic Development District (SJEDD) is charged with fostering economic development in the area encompassing the four counties in Southern New Jersey – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem. Since its inception, the SJEDD has continually strived to work with participating communities in developing viable and creative projects that not only have a local benefit, but also have a positive impact on the overall economic environment of the area.
The SJEDD is committed to building a firm foundation to encourage economic growth in the future. By continually assessing opportunities that will better serve the needs of the region and the individual municipalities, the SJEDD is working hard to enhance the quality of life of the community where projects are initiated. Communities strive to present viable projects to the SJEDD in anticipation of increasing private sector investments, creating new job opportunities and improving its overall image.
The SJEDD has experienced tremendous success in providing financing programs to assist small businesses in achieving their expansion goals.
SJEDD is tasked with producing and maintaining a regional economic plan known as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy or CEDS. The purpose of the CEDS is to define the regional and local economic development and redevelopment projects and development goals.
Economic Development Planning: A Municipal Guidebook - A Municipal Guidebook to local economic development planning is now available. It was developed for SJEDD by the Center for Regional & Business Research at Atlantic Cape Community College.