This 2015 report of Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area outlines the findings of the technical assistance to Cumberland County, New Jersey. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), was retained to assist the Bayshore Center at Bivalve in Cumberland County.
The recommendations in the report are the product of an intensive technical assistance process that began with several weeks of background research on southern New Jersey that was presented subsequently to a panel of economic development and tourism experts from throughout the country. After this briefing, the panel visited the Bayshore area for a three-day site visit on December 10-12, 2014 to meet with stakeholders to examine the current economic development climate and tourism-based strategies and initiatives. At the end of the visit, the panel presented preliminary recommendations to local stakeholders. These recommendations are incorporated and expanded upon in this report.
The IEDC team found that the Bayshore Center at Bivalve and the Bayshore Area face many challenges to develop tourism and the economy. These challenges and recommendations are organized in the report in four focus areas:
Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area
- Capacity and connectivity
- Other Considerations
The IEDC technical assistance team included:
- Linda DiMario, Senior Director, Economic Development and Tourism, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine, California
- Ernest Broussard Jr. AICP, CEcD, Executive Director, Hunt Guillot & Associates, Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Sarah Garcia, AICP, Economic Development Advisor, TIA Products, LLC, Washington, D.C.
- Lynn A. Knight, CEcD, Vice President of Knowledge & Management, International Economic Development Council, Washington, D.C.
- Scott Annis, Economic Development Specialist, International Economic Development Council, Washington, D.C.
This technical assistance project was funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Economic Adjustment Assistance Project No. 08-79-04593. The grant is focused on long-term economic recovery of FY2011 disaster-impacted communities and regions in the EDA Philadelphia office region. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
IEDC would like to acknowledge Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for their donation of software. IEDC would also like to acknowledge Southwest Airlines, a community partner, for flying team members to the site visit.