Mayor Nick Sacco and township officials welcomed over 25 local business owners and representatives to Township Hall on May 16 for North Bergen’s first ever Business Outreach Forum. Township Administrator Chris Pianese led the forum, which addressed topics like the Urban Enterprise Zone program, updates on township projects, using the township website to promote local businesses, public safety issues and much more. Business owners and representatives were given the opportunity to meet township officials, network with each other and fill out a survey to share their opinions on various subjects related to doing business in the township.
“North Bergen has a strong and varied business community, from the big box stores on Tonnelle Avenue to the mom and pop shops on Bergenline Avenue and everything in between,” said Mayor Sacco. “We decided to hold this forum in order to foster an increased dialogue between township government and our business community. We want to hear what is working for our local businesses and what we can improve to make North Bergen an even better place to do business.”
Other topics discussed at the forum included the ongoing construction work on the 69th Street Overpass and the widening and improvements on Tonnelle Avenue, two state projects that affect businesses on Tonnelle Avenue and West Side Avenue. Business owners also expressed their interest in installing new “MuniMeter” style parking meters that accept credit cards in business areas.
“This event was fantastic and it was a great opportunity to get to know the township officials personally,” said Natasha Gonzalez, owner of New Millennium Car Service in North Bergen. “I hope this continues and becomes a regular event. Being aware of the projects and initiatives going on in North Bergen is definitely helpful to my business.”
All attendees provided the township with contact information so a later forum or event can be scheduled. Many asked questions that were answered by township officials and attendees were provided with a complimentary breakfast.