Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Jersey's #2 largest employer? Can you guess?

After state government (which is #1), the largest single employer in New Jersey is not
a casino, pharmaceutical company, hospital or grocery store chain. It's the military.

Are you surprised? We were until PlanSmartNJ made us aware that:
“The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst alone boasts 44,000 jobs spread over 42,000 acres in Burlington and Ocean Counties. The Joint Base's economic impact is a whopping and arguably irreplaceable $7.9 billion annually.”

PlanSmart concedes that planners, economists and policy wonks rarely consider policies that may be needed to support this important sector of New Jersey's economy.   

What as a State should we be considering to support the defense and related industries?
Is there enough housing in the right location to house defense industry workers? Can our transportation network move goods and people to the places they need efficiently and economically? Do we have reliable utility networks? What types of related industries
cluster geographically around the Joint Base and other military installations in NJ?

Many of these questions presumably will be addressed next Thursday (June 13) at a conference that PlanSmart will hold from 8:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. at the The Enterprise Center
at Burlington County College.

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