Cumberland County hopes to generate even more jobs in 2017 than it did in the past year. The county spent over $110 million in private investments, according to Cumberland County Improvement Authority officials. The investment created 900 new jobs in 2016, making the county’s job growth numbers higher than the average in most private sector categories.
“We really believe this year is not only going to be an expansion year but also a good year for new companies to come in that we’ve been working with the past couple of years and new companies we’ve seen recently,” explained Jim Watson, director of economic development for the CCIA.
Almost 900 new jobs, spread across 47 different businesses in the area, were created over the past year. Businesses from small to large, including start-up companies, all experienced positive job growth. 100 new jobs came from Safeway Fresh Foods in Vineland, 50 from Northeast Precast in Millville, and 50 from Allied Specialty Foods in Vineland, as a result of the boom in the job market and individual investments per each company.
“For 2017 we’ll be updating Cumberland County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan which includes working with domestic and international companies through our partnerships with local, regional and state agencies,” said CCIA Executive Director Gerard Velazquez. “We’ll also focus on assisting local municipalities in efforts to create additional development-ready sites to attract new business.”
The county is prepping future employees with workforce training and development from its new Cumberland County Technical Education Center and the Center for Workforce Development. The goal is to train job-seekers, attract needy companies, and continue filling open positions at a high rate.