Economic Development

ELEC’s efforts have helped initiate major bridge-building projects, win approval for pipeline construction and authorize large-scale urban redevelopment programs.

Our work with chambers of commerce, business partnerships, professional associations industry coalitions to support policies, legislation and regulations that encourage responsible economic development and stimulate growth is well documented.

Examples of our success

Our efforts continue
We continually pursue new opportunities to stimulate economic development and we are actively advocating for several important initiatives: 

  • Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
    Perhaps the most important issue to our union contractors and members of Local 825 is a funding solution for the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). In recognition of its importance, ELEC has tackled the issue and taken a leadership role in the use of social media in advocating for a long-term solution to maintain TTF funding.

  • The Public-Private Partnerships bill would allow certain government entities to enter into PPP agreements on building and highway infrastructure projects. With the budget constraints facing all levels of government, PPP’s are an excellent option for funding vital projects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
     
    ELEC is supporting passage of a Public-Private Partnerships bill that would create new opportunities for developers.  This bill would permit certain government entities to enter into PPP agreements on building and highway infrastructure projects. With the budget constraints facing all levels of government, PPPs are an excellent option for funding vital projects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.

  • Comprehensive COAH reform
    ELEC supports comprehensive reform of the Council on Affordable Housing, the independent agency appointed by the Legislature in 1985 to carry out court-mandated efforts to provide affordable housing for the moderate- and low-income residents.
     
    It is clear that a legislative approach is needed, ELEC is working with all parties to reform or dismantle COAH, which has been criticized as bloated and ineffective in carrying out its objective. We favor a solution that establishes clear standards to guide municipalities as they attempt to comply with affordable housing requirements.

  • Permit extension
    Senate bill 2551 decreases paper work, cuts red tape and lowers costs incurred during the process of re-attaining permit approvals. The bill helps development in New Jersey by cutting red tape and additional costs – which in turn creates jobs thus alleviating unemployment and boosting the economy.

  • Prevailing wage ensures quality work
    A prevailing wage levels the playing field.  It prevents less scrupulous contractors from unrealistic low bidding by paying workers substandard wages and benefits. Because of prevailing wage requirements, labor costs are the same, whether you use union-trained, union-backed workmanship or a company that can’t match that level of training and experience.

  • Responsible Contractors Language
    This would incorporate a set of qualifications into construction bid specifications to ensure the selection of qualified construction professionals. Such language puts bidders on notice that – in addition to the lowest price – quality criteria will be considered when awarding contracts for work on public buildings and other construction projects.

  • Contractor Registration for public utility projects
    Senate bill 1945 would have required contractors working on public utility projects to obtain a New Jersey contractor registration to ensure that public utility work is performed at the highest level of quality, skill and responsibility. Although recently vetoed by the Governor, contractor registration remains an important issue that ELEC will continue to pursue in other ways.

  • Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
    Using project labor agreements, developers generally secure better workforce conditions, obtain higher productivity in uninterrupted labor hours, stipulate dispute-resolution procedures and monitor safety conditions.
     
    Federally funded projects require PLAs, as mandated by the federal government. PLAs ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget and requiring a level of employee training.

  • Economic Opportunity Act 2013 (EO13)
    EO13’s goal is to create a more business-friendly climate by increasing tax incentives for companies to set up shop in New Jersey; lowering the minimum investment and job-creation thresholds; and creating dozens of special zones and conditions that help companies qualify for even greater rewards.
     
    New Jersey’s new program allows companies to provide incentives for things such as location, proximity to transit, building an environmentally friendly headquarters. Additional incentives and lower thresholds are available exclusively to companies that locate in Camden.

Broadening reach through traditional and social media
ELEC invests in targeted advertising and public relations programs to communicate its messages to key audiences.

Recognizing that more people are turning to the Internet and mobile devices to get their news, ELEC maintains a robust social media presence to advance its initiatives.

With our goal of spurring job growth by getting people to support economic development projects throughout the Local 825 area, we intend to bolster economic prospects for our union contractors and Local 825 Operating Engineers for years to come.

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Economic Development News

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Warehouse space is back in demand in New Jersey.

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