Opening Doors In Hudson County
Welcome to the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC)!
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Our mission is to serve Hudson County’s diverse communities by providing comprehensive financial access, information, professional training and affordable housing. Our vision is to build a healthy local economy through collaborative partnerships for businesses, organizations and individuals.
Executive Director’s Message
Welcome to the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC)! We are here to serve you, whether you are living in, working in or visiting Hudson County. The HCEDC’s commitment and vision are to build a healthy local economy through collaborative partnerships for businesses, organizations and individuals.
Hudson County is an important driver in New Jersey’s economy. The County is an ideal community to start and grow your business due to its strategic location, access to transportation, a trained workforce and local amenities. Hudson County is home to large international corporations, within key industrial growth sectors, representing employment opportunities for those who choose to live and/or work in the County.
We are home to one of the country’s most diverse populations. Our 12 municipalities are culturally rich, globally minded and growing! Thriving and vibrant small business communities reflect our diversity and represent opportunities to grow or start a business. If you are an entrepreneur, Hudson County is the place for you!
Through our partnerships with organizations such as the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, and the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity, we have access to culturally relevant training and opportunities to help you access statewide contracting opportunities. Our work with and support of local community groups and organizations provides us with an appreciation for the efforts of these entities. The HCEDC also partners with lenders committed to working in diverse communities, offering a variety of loan products designed to meet your needs; our approach to finding the proper institution is not “one size fits all.”
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation is here to open doors and help you achieve your goals. Your success contributes to a strong Hudson County economy. We work with you to: access bank loans and training to start or grow a business; access information to help you make decisions; build economic stability and sustainability via our housing programs which are intended to help individuals and families build wealth.
The skilled and knowledgeable staff at the HCEDC works closely with a variety of State and local partners including: New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and the State Business Action Center; the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development; the NJ Small Business Development Center at New Jersey City University; the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce; Hudson County Community College; and the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity.
Call Michelle or Tammy at (201) 369-4370.
About Hudson County
Hudson County is an ideal place to do business. As the fastest growing county in New Jersey, Hudson County is home to our State’s most diverse and densely populated towns featuring 46 miles of commercial, industrial and public open spaces ready to be used to their fullest potential!
With a reliable network of public transportation options, roads and waterways, Hudson County is a major transportation hub in the Northeast. Major roadways including the New Jersey Turnpike and US Routes 1 & 9 as well as vehicular water crossing including the Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel all transit through Hudson County. Port Jersey and Cape Liberty Cruise Port both call Hudson County their home. Located along the Hackensack, Hudson and Passaic Rivers, Hudson County is a key location for cargo and passenger shipping terminals.
As the result of Hudson County’s public transportation system, Hudson is New Jersey’s only county where more residents commute via public transportation than vehicle. Through NJ Transit rail, bus and light rail- all providing service to commuters as well as the Port Authority’s PATH System and passenger ferry service– Hudson County provides plenty of efficient options to commuters.
Hudson County supplies New Jersey with a well-educated workforce. Several institutions of higher education call Hudson County home including: New Jersey City University and St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, with 41 and 60 undergraduate programs offered, respectively. Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is ranked 7th in the country by U.S. News & World Report as a leading university granting STEM-based degrees. Hudson County Community College is an important workforce training provider with campuses in Jersey City and Union City, offering degrees and certificates in a variety of fields in the arts and sciences.
Hudson County’s open spaces offer a variety of passive and active recreation opportunities, many with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy outdoor entertainment in parks like James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, or Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City- offering a fun and challenging 9-hole course in the shadows of the Pulaski Skyway with panoramic vistas of the Manhattan skyline.
Hudson County is home to a vibrant dining scene which is sure to please any palate. Showcasing the rich diversity of the County, neighborhood eateries offer endless culinary adventures and ethnic delights while waterfront dining venues offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Whether dining for business or pleasure, Hudson County restaurants will serve you well!
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation is proud to partner with the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development. Through this partnership, we elevate and highlight Hudson County’s vibrant arts community and opportunities for immersion in our rich culture and history. See it all from Visit Hudson NJ!
Hudson County is a great place to live, work, play and grow your business. Come and see for yourself. Let the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation open a door for you in Hudson County!
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 RESOURCES
The HCEDC, in our service to the community, is proud to provide resources to help guide residents and businesses through the assessment and planning process to sustain your business as we navigate through the uncertainty of COVID-19. We will update this information as additional resources become available. Please contact Michelle Richardson, Executive Director at (201) 369-4370, ext. 3, if you have any questions or need guidance on additional available resources.
Centers for Disease Control
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Hudson Regional Health Commission
CORONOAVIRS (2019 – nCoV)
New Jersey Department of Health
COVID-2019 (Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China)
U.S Department of State
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information for Business
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
- Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program;
- Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program;
- Community Development Finance Institution Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund;
- CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program;
- NJ Entrepreneur Support Program;
- Small Business Emergency Assistance Program;
- Emergency Technical Assistance Program.
New Jersey Business Action Center
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) -FAQ’S & RESOURCES
Small Business Administration
Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Small Business Loans for Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
Small Business Association
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Small Business Association
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Associations and Chambers
New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
NJBIA Recommends These Employer and Business Resources to Combat Coronavirus
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce (NJCC)
N.J. Chamber: Here’s how businesses can weather the coronavirus
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Information for NJ Businesses on the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce
HELPFUL COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFO FOR MEADOWLANDS AREA BUSINESSES
NJBIZ Highlights the Work of the HCEDC!
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation was honored to be featured in the October 29, 2019 edition of NJBIZ. Learn more about the work of the HCEDC and our mission of Opening Doors In Hudson County in “Foot in the door”
Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and
New Jersey Community Capital Form Partnership To Assist
Veterans and Low-Income Families With Down-Payment Assistance
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) has joined New Jersey Community Capital to develop a new Hudson County down payment assistance program targeting veterans and low-income families. This program will provide a grant of up to $15,000 per household towards a down-payment to qualified veterans or other eligible applicants who are purchasing a primary residence in Hudson County. In addition to down payment assistance, home buyers will be connected with affordable mortgage financing through non-profit credit unions and other qualified lenders as well as free HUD-certified housing counseling helping to ensure sustained, successful homeownership.
The Down Payment Assistance Program is being funded through a $200,000 allocation from the HCEDC. At least 50% of the grants are earmarked for qualified veterans. Other applications from limited-income homebuyers are welcome.
For more information or to apply, please visit us online our website.