By: Danielle Incognito
Randolph launched an Economic Development website recently for the promotion of economic development in its community. It was created as a resource for business leaders and potential businesses to promote their businesses. In attracting and retaining business, the township can promote local, economic development. Furthermore, the township leaders who are made up of volunteers from different backgrounds can communicate directly with business owners and real estate agents to do business. The committee which launched it is one of the longest standing advisors to the township council.
The website has a large amount of data and information, and its plan is to promote the economic climate in the area. It advertises community space including office, retail and development areas. The site also includes demographics, zoning information, as well as business news.
Most importantly, the website acts as a liaison between the existing businesses and perspective clients along with identifying problems related to industry and commercial programs. It also recommends pro-business policies as well as programs and projects to the township council.
The site boasts that, “The Township is a modern suburban community that offers many advantages to its residents and business owners. The dedication of our local government staff and the Randolph Economic Development Committee coupled with the Township’s enthusiasm for a vibrant business culture makes Randolph not just a great place to live, but a great place to work and invest.” One of its accolades is that in 2013, Coldwell Banker listed Randolph as the number one ranked town in Morris County.
Randolph is the 3rd largest Township within Morris County. Its 21 square mile boundary is home to a diverse population of just under 26,000 residents, according to the US Census American Community Survey. Some of its major industries include manufacturing, warehousing, educational services, health care, social assistance, recreation, as well as retail and administrative support.
Business owners have raved about Randolph’s business industry. Shauna and Steve Colicchio (Business Owners of The Max Challenge of Randolph) posted on the website, “We decided that Randolph was for us because both of us grew up in a neighboring town and spent a lot of time here as children and young adults. As time went on, we always found our way to Randolph, where our doctor’s, favorite restaurants, parks and more are. We have always felt such a sense of community here and The Max Challenge provides that for our members.”
Michael and Lunden Scheller (Astute Academies) posted, “We began this business five years ago and have since built our brand through word of mouth and referrals. After finding a wonderful client base in Randolph and the surrounding towns, we decided this would be the perfect neighborhood for our first brick and mortar location.”
The website was developed using a grant from the Morris County Economic Development Alliance. It will be managed by the Randolph Planning and Zoning Department with the help of the township manager’s office and the EDC. The website can be accessed at www.randolphnjedc.com.