2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 34:1B-7.1 - Legislative findings and declarations

NJ Rev Stat § 34:1B-7.1 (2013) What's This?

34:1B-7.1. Legislative findings and declarations
The Legislature finds that there continue to exist in the State's urban communities high unemployment, low levels of new capital investment, depressed living and working conditions and deteriorating tax bases; that vigorous action to effectively utilize their positions as principal centers of communication and transportation and their concentration of productive and energy-efficient facilities can halt the decline in economic activity and the underemployment of economic resources in these communities, reverse the deterioration of the value of existing investment therein and the level of public revenue collection on that investment, and eliminate the disincentive to new investment; and that the improvement of these communities is vital to the safety, health and welfare of the residents thereof and of the State, and constitutes a major opportunity for enhancing the economic condition of the State, for augmenting the fiscal resources of government and for stimulating private and public efforts to enhance the attractiveness and desirability of the State as a place to live and work.

The Legislature determines that it is a public purpose of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as articulated in P.L.1977, c. 460 to provide for the acquisition, clearance, construction, and redevelopment of industrial and commercial centers in urban areas within the State in order to induce private business to invest in employment generating facilities in such areas; that the authority, with the direction and assistance of the Legislature, has established a successful model program for the use of public funds to leverage private investment capital for the development of urban communities of the State; that under this program industrial park improvements to formerly vacant sites in several urban communities have resulted in modern and secure industrial facilities generating new tax ratables and employment opportunities by attracting substantial private investment; and that the availability of financial assistance by the State will be a necessary and critical element in the successful undertaking, financing and completion of projects under this program now and in the future.

The Legislature declares that it is in the public interest of this State to continue and strengthen the existing program of the authority to undertake industrial and commercial parks in urban communities as part of a general State effort to provide support for the revitalization and development of communities of this State; and that the authority's efforts in this regard provide a most reasonable and appropriate method of directing public funds available for community economic development efforts toward their proper ends and purposes.

L.1981, c. 505, s. 1.

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