NAIOP New Jersey was one of the first organizations in New Jersey to recognize the value of real estate and business interests working as a coalition.
NAIOP NJ helped found the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition (the Coalition) to develop and implement a legislative agenda. Most of NAIOP’s “Prescription for Prosperity” initiatives became the core of the Coalition’s agenda for 2008-2009. The Coalition’s first success was the Permit Extension Act, and most recent was the Economic Opportunity Act. Members are now preparing for the transition to a new Governor and Administration with a carefully crafted series of public policy recommendations.
Coalitions and partnerships with other business and labor groups are critical to our efforts to bring tenants, jobs and investment to New Jersey. The similarities between today’s economic conditions and those in the 1990s (which led to the passage of the first Permit Extension Act) are remarkable. The attitude in Trenton today is a different story. The first Permit Extension Act was enacted with the support of the home builders alone. The 2008 Permit Extension Act would have had no chance without the broad support of coalition groups and their members. Additional successes include: