Economic Development in New Providence
New Providence is a warm and welcoming community where you'll find friendly store owners and nice neighbors. We boast a vibrant downtown business district, which has recently completed a $1.5 million streetscape project. We are very proud of our fine specialty shops and incredible restaurants. In addition to our local businesses and professionals, corporate businesses include companies with worldwide reputations in their field. New Providence hosts corporate and executive offices, which include C.R. Bard (leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of health care products), Reed International (one of the world's top publishing and information companies), Linde (worldwide industrial gases, vacuum technologies and distribution services company), Panasonic Corporation, and Alcatel-Lucent. CNNMoney ranked New Jersey in the top 10 of America's Smartest States in 2011, making it a great choice for businesses seeking a highly educated workforce.
Our close proximity to bus and rail lines, Newark Liberty International Airport, the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Interstate 78 allows for easy transportation to not only the state and region, but also to unlimited national and international destinations, making it uniquely accessible to suppliers, customers, and labor markets. New Providence is also near some of the country's finest universities and community colleges.
Our stellar AAA bond rating attests to strong economic health and prudent fiscal management. We boast a fully accredited Police Department and state certified volunteer rescue squad squad that was named "Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency" by the NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services. Thanks to the community's strong tax base, our residents enjoy the best in schools, parks and recreational programs. The school district has earned recognition at the national, state, county, and local levels for the achievements of students and staff. New Providence High School was recently named the number one public high school in the state by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. New Providence High School was also nominated, as one of nine outstanding schools from New Jersey, for the 2011 Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. Salt Brook Elementary School was recognized as a 2011 National School of Character, based on their outstanding work in encouraging the ethical, social, and academic growth of their students through effective character education. Salt Brook School is now a model for other schools across the nation.
In addition, New Providence boasts many fine cultural and recreational attractions, and a high quality housing stock in a variety of styles and prices. Inside New Jersey magazine listed New Providence as one of the best places to buy a house in New Jersey in its October 2008 edition.
The New Providence Business & Professional Association was established to provide community leadership in the promotion of economic development in New Providence. The goals of this organization are to promote the New Providence business community; serve as a vehicle to respond to community needs; enhance awareness of New Providence businesses; unify communications among and between businesses and the community; and attract and support new business development.
New Providence is business-friendly and eager to help you succeed. Find out more about Doing Business in New Providence; contact Keith Lynch, Director, Department of Planning and Development; and learn more about New Providence.
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