" He who does not increase his knowledge, decreases it; he who does not seek to acquire wisdom, forfeits his life." --Hillel
EDITOR'S NOTE--In March of 2007 the JGSC Group prepared a 34-page plus marketing report for the City of Gloucester New Jersey. How much they charged the city is not known. The report suggested a number of things to bring businesses back to the community. Recently a group of business men and local residents formed a non-profit group, named the Gloucester City Economic Development Corporation, for the purpose of stimulating the city's dying commercial base.
Founding trustees include the following: David Stallwood (Chairman), Frank Antico Jr. (Vice -Chairman), Bob Booth (treasurer), former Mayor Bob Bevan, Councilman Daniel Spencer, former Councilman and Planning & Zoning Board member Nick Marchese, and Planning & Zoning Board President Frank Wunsch.
The trustees plan on using some of the recommendations from the JGSC report released in 2007. One of those suggestions called for revitalizing the Monmouth Street business district. Presently the GCEDC is renovating two commercial properties in the 500-unit-block of Monmouth Street using $400,000 from the City's Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) program.
Since the GCEDC is using some of the information from this study, we thought it was important for residents to view the report in its entirety. There are links to the JGSC plan on the city’s website. However, to save our readers from having to click back and forth to those links, CNBNews staff member Connie Lynn Woods typed each page to make the report easier to read. Since the report has been locked by the city, none of the graphics from that study were copied. As such disregard and reference to those drawings. Keep in mind the fact that six- years has passed since the report was released. Also, remember the plan was prepared in 2007, just before the global recession hit its peakd, and right before the housing bubble broke. That was the same year, too, that the Philadelphia Magazine chose Gloucester City as one of the next, “Hot Neighborhoods”. ~Bill Cleary
Community Insights--Bringing Business Back to Gloucester City --2007 (Part 1 of 2) (PART TWO)