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“At a time when companies are seeking to operate even more efficiently, Bergen County has launched www.bergenforbusiness.com to assist corporate and independent site selectors and others looking for space,” Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III recently announced. “Site selection professionals and others can use www.bergenforbusiness.com as a way to easily examine best-place choices for corporate real estate and other facilities from the convenience of their keyboard.”
The site was designed with the help of industry insiders—among the kinds of people who are accessing the website—to be easily accessed and navigated, “and we packed www.bergenforbusiness.com with the kind of vital information that site selection and other professionals need to make informed choices,” he adds. “Companies and individuals can now connect with Bergen County more quickly than ever, thanks to this free-to-list and free-to-access, user-friendly one-stop site selection website that was recently launched by the Bergen County Division of Economic Development.”
“Acquiring this kind of critical demographic information used to be a long and expensive process,” said Freeholder Chairman Tom Sullivan. “It was often a prohibitive barrier and kept new small businesses from gaining entry to a community or growing an existing business. Now, www.bergenforbusiness.com will be a great resource for start-ups and small businesses alike. I believe it will be a useful tool in helping new businesses get off the ground, and assist existing businesses to expand to meet market demand.”
For larger businesses, www.bergenforbusiness.com sets Bergen County apart from other counties in the state, the region, and the country, he adds. “It helps cement Bergen County’s position at the forefront of creating a real partnership between the public and private sectors. In the end, residents and employers alike will benefit from www.bergenforbusiness.com.”
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich says the site has helped many people find out about his city. “Bergenforbusiness.com allows me to share different types of critical data about Fort Lee with current and potential businesses, residents and developers,” he notes. “It has enabled us to further enhance our great community."
With an “Aaa” bond rating and a skilled talent pool of more than 500,000 individuals, Bergen County attracts companies and consumers alike. Favorably situated in the northeast corner of New Jersey on the border of both New York State and New York City, with a well-educated population of more than 900,000, it’s easy to see why Bergen County is home to more than 50,000 successful businesses, with a private-sector payroll of more than $15 billion—the highest in New Jersey—and the 16th highest per capita income in the United States, with a median household income of about $82,000.
Get the 411 when you need it
The website delivers timely, accurate information 24/7 to site selectors, real estate professionals and others who want to know about available properties, consumer spending, rich demographic data, labor force reports and more. All reports are exportable in easy-to-read formats so they can be quickly shared with other decisionmakers.
Do you know:
Bergen County’s lifestyle retail centers include:
Teterboro Landing (Teterboro)
Hudson Lights (Fort Lee)
Closter Plaza (Closter)
Towne Centre (Cliffside Park)
The Promenade (Fair Lawn)
City Place (Edgewater)
Smart Tools for Smart Decisions
The site utilizes ZoomProspector Enterprise Technology, a powerful behind-the-scenes software, to quickly gather and present valuable data in clear, concise graphical and text formats. Want to quickly determine the average household income and spending of Bergen County residents? Click on Consumer Expenditures and select from a grid of categories, including consumer spending on apparel, furnishings, gifts, personal care and other categories.
Perhaps you’re looking for detailed information on a particular town or city; or want to compare multiple locations. A quick click on Demographics lets you select from hundreds of variables, grouping them and presenting them by categories like:
Then choose which data sets you want to illustrate with clear, colorful charts.
A Heat Maps option for a variety of variables lets you instantly convey data.
And another quick click exports your results into a PDF that can be shared with colleagues or others.
With 1,200 available sites, customized workforce training grants and no-cost recruitment services, Bergen County is an established, experienced business haven. Offering easy access to four major international airports, Midtown Manhattan and Wall Street, with broadband speeds among the fastest in the nation, and convenient rail, light rail and bus service, Bergen County has what businesses seek.
“Our company was born in Bergen and most of our employees were also,” says Andrew Moss, Director of Leasing and Acquisitions at Forsgate Industrial Partners, a Teterboro-based real estate developer and investor that owns and manages more than 10 million square feet of industrial buildings. “We own real estate across New Jersey, and half of what we own is in Bergen because it’s a great place to be located. We’re on the bergenforbusiness.com website because Bergen attracts great companies, and they’re going to look here for partners.”
Click for community-level information
Need specific labor force, demographic, consumer spending or other local information? bergenforbusines.com has your back. Just click on the Bergen County Community Profile link and get instant access to City and Town-level details like:
Community Profiles: Population, Education, Businesses, Residents’ Income and Spending.
Demographics: Age, Ethnicity, Average Household Income and HH Size.
Businesses and Industry Clusters: Search for businesses by name, address or keyword. Explore and map industry clusters, find major employers and discover competitors or customers.
Mapping: Visualize data with bergenforbusiness.com’s intuitive mapping tool that delivers demographic variables, consumer expenditures and labor force information, and links it with a powerful system to help you see where to grow or expand in Bergen County.
Compare Bergen County: Want to see how we stack up against other communities in New Jersey or elsewhere? The bergenforbusiness.com comparison tool gives you the ability to effortlessly compare cities or counties across the state or nation.
Find Buildings: Search for Buildings, Sites and Vacant Land by location or within a radius, customizing your reconnaissance with metrics like square footage, acreage, type of property and other characteristics.
Quality of life
Our quality of life attracts educated and energized men and women who can help drive your business growth. Bergen County is a diverse mix of 70 towns, 73 sought-after school districts, more than 2,300 places to eat and 9,000-plus acres of park for almost every recreational activity you can think of. MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, The American Dream at the Meadowlands have already found a home here, shouldn’t you join them?
Bergen County offers the Gold Coast, top-notch colleges, universities, medical centers and hospitals, and the most popular shopping malls and downtown districts in the country. Theaters, arenas, concert halls, historical landmarks, art galleries and so much more make Bergen County a top destination to live, work, and play.
Plenty of commercial and industrial construction. In 2016, $304.2 million of non-residential new construction building permits were issued in Bergen County.
Plenty of residential construction, too. $724.9 million of residential new construction building permits were issued in 2016.
Plenty of potential customers and employees. More than 900,000 people, about a tenth of New Jersey’s population, live in Bergen County.
An educated workforce. More than 40% of Bergen County residents have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, and more than half have some college degree.
A diversified economy, plenty of growth opportunities. In 2017 the leading industries in Bergen County were Retail, Health Care and Social Services, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, and Manufacturing.
Here’s what business pros say
“The rental market is extremely strong, and numbers are going up,” says Robert Abbott, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesCQ. With offices in HoHoKus and Wyckoff, the agency specializes in residential and commercial real estate. “We are getting appreciation again even on single family homes.”
Commercial real estate development is also “robust,” according to Abbott. “A lot of developers are purchasing and developing apartment buildings, mixed use spaces, retail locations, as well as a lot of warehouses.”
“Bergen County’s Division of Economic Development is a trusted partner and an invaluable source of information,” says Shergoh Alkalini, a Cliffside Park developer and Principal of Alkova Cos. “The way the agency advertises assets on bergenforbusiness.com exemplifies this. The people at the Division of Economic Development are aware of and understand the county and overall marketplace. They work with us like trusted partners.”
A quick trip: Surrounded by highways, waterways, and “The Biggest Little Airport in the World,” Bergen County residents and businesses enjoy a rapid commute to New York.
Three separate rail lines: The Main Line, the Pascack Valley Line, and the Bergen Line service—with more than 20 train stations, and connections to the NY Waterway Ferry dock in Hoboken—can easily whisk you to Lower Manhattan or Midtown.
Air access: Teterboro Airport services many corporate aircraft and Fortune 500 executives, and employs more than 1,200 people.
We invite you to visit bergenforbusiness.com and see what the excitement is all about, then stop by and see us!
James J. Tedesco, III
Bergen County NJ
Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development
Donna M. Spoto
Deputy Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development