Office of Community and Economic Development
Programs and Services
The Office of Community and Economic Development a Division of the Building Department of the City of Long Branch NJ came into existence in the mid-1970's (1974) when federal funds were made available to the City of Long Branch (We are currently in the 45th year of the CDBG Program). Through the efforts of local City officials and elected Representatives such as the late Congressman James Howard, the City of Long Branch was selected to be and entitlement municipality which means that the City receives funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most other municipalities located in Monmouth County (with the exception of Asbury Park and Middletown also entitlement municipalities) must make an application to the County of Monmouth to receive HUD funding. Monmouth County's Office of Community Development receives HUD funding for a number of programs and dispenses grant awards to eligible projects presented by municipalities located within Monmouth County. For more information on this contact the Monmouth County Office of Community Development at 732-431-7490.
The OCED of the City of Long Branch has gown since its inception in 1974. In addition to offering financial assistance to eligible sub-recipients the office works in collaboration with other City Departrnents such as Police, Public Works, Recreation, Senior Center, the Public Library, Fire Department just to name a few. Annual allocations are set aside to meet needs that support programs and services benefiting low-to moderate individuals, families, groups and areas within the City of Long Branch.
The OCED provides the following services:
Additional Information may be obtained by calling 732-923-2043.
The Urban Enterprise Zone Program is a tax incentive program to facilitate commercial and business development in designated commercial zones. The NJ State Department of Commerce and Economic Development administer the program. The City of Long Branch received UEZ designation in 1994 and the program is operated out of the City's Office of Community and Economic Development.
How does it work?
A business that is located in designated Urban Enterprise Zones must show proof of being registered with the NJ State Commerce and Economic Development Office and have a viable NJ State, tax identification number. The business must also be tax compliant, and that means not having any discrepancies with the required annual filings of taxes with the NJ State Division of Taxation. An application for UEZ Certification must then be submitted to the NJ State UEZ Office and upon the review of the Trenton Office, certification is awarded to the applying business. The local UEZ staff will assist the business in this process. However, the application is submitted online. Contact the UEZ NJ State office at 609-292-1912 for more information. There is no fee involved and once certified, a business is entitled to specific tax exemptions benefits.
Belonging to the City of Long Branch UEZ Program, which is administered by the NJ State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) entitles members to:
Sales Tax Saving of 50% of the present NJ State Sales Tax (6.625);
Discount on Energy Taxes;
Business-to-Business Tax Exemption;
Subsidy for Unemployrnent Insurance; and
Corporate Tax Credits for Hiring and Investing
While the UEZ Program is presently being run by the Department of Community Affairs it allows businesses to make application for certification to receive the aforementioned benefits. The current program, however, does not return any monies to the participating municipalities. It is the hope and effort of municipalities throughout the State of NJ that the present administration will re-instate the Program in some form or another and to once again return a portion of the sales to municipalities for business growth and economic development initiatives.
The Office of Community & Economic Development is once again housing the Urban Enterprise Zone Program, a NJ State administered program for Business Development, the Community Development Block Grant Program, Housing Rehabilitation, Parks Development (Green Acres) in addition to Residential and Commercial Relocations. The OCED provides a list of other services as well. Information can be obtained in the articles below or by calling 732-923-2043. Applications for housing rehabilitation assistance can be picked up at the office and proposals for consideration for CDBG Program funds may be submitted to the office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the City of Long Branch, 2015 will be a year filled with new ideas and new growth. Activity is high and synergy abounds as we look forward to the continued success of programs and services offered by the OCED (Office of Community and Economic Development). We are anxious to complete many of the projects started and excited to welcome new ones that will make our community and City all the better. In addition to adding new projects and services, we investigate the challenge of discovering new resources that can complement and enhance City services and extend added benefits to residents and others who are in need.
Community Development Block Grant Program
The OCED administers the CDBG Program and makes assistance available to low and moderate-income individuals and households. From crime prevention strategies to financial assistance to non-profits, the OCED has an array of programs and services that will benefit people, places and infrastructure throughout Long Branch. While our country bears the responsibility of committing resources to international causes, domestically and locally, we are challenged to not only make due with present allocation, but in fact, we must strive to do more with less and there is an imminent threat in Washington that funds could be diverted as the need abroad may dictate. Despite this reality, we remain confident that federal programs and services will be available to those who are in need. The OCED is committed to delivering such services in an efficient and fair system for eligible clients.
If your business was dropped from the UEZ Program in Long Branch because you were unable to fulfill the hiring requirement, please call Mr. Jones at 732-923-2040 immediately! You may be eligible for reinstatement in the program without penalty and without having to hire additional employees.