Government & Public Policy

From zoning disputes to the federal tax code, public policy affects the commercial real estate sector far more than you may realize. For industry leaders, government and politics demand constant attention.

LabCorp, Konica Minolta among other major EDA approvals

The state has approved a nearly $40 million tax credit package tied a proposal for LabCorp to modernize and expand its regional headquarters and lab complex in Raritan Borough, while also approving a $29 million incentive to encourage Konica Minolta Business Solutions to expand its existing headquarters in Ramsey.

Broadridge opens 160,000 sq. ft. office at 2 Gateway in Newark

A global financial technology firm has opened the doors to its new 160,000-square-foot office in downtown Newark, now home to a divisional headquarters and some 1,100 of its employees.

Mars, Ralph Lauren among several high-profile companies on EDA agenda

Mars Wrigley and Ralph Lauren Corp. have applied for nearly $65 million in combined tax credits in connection with potential moves to Newark and Nutley, respectively, as the state Economic Development Authority prepares to consider the applications on Tuesday.

A regulatory framework for our new administration

As our next governor focuses on making our state more affordable for both businesses and residents, it would make sense to ramp up efforts to cut red tape by eliminating ineffective rules and empowering qualified private-sector professionals to handle more administrative work, technical reviews and project approvals.

Greater Trenton names new VP of marketing

The two-year-old nonprofit aimed at shepherding economic development in Trenton has bolstered its team with the hiring of a vice president of marketing and communications.

CIS opens new senior housing in place of Sandy-damaged complex in Middletown

A developer has opened a new affordably priced, senior housing community in Monmouth County at the site of a complex that was damaged so badly by Hurricane Sandy that it had to be demolished.

EDA: Consumer products testing firm buys longtime leased facility in Essex County

A business that tests consumer products has acquired a 44,000-square-foot facility in Essex County that it had been leasing for 20 years, thanks in part to a small business loan program offered by the state Economic Development Authority.

It’s time to push the reset button on New Jersey’s ‘municipal madness’

Our next governor and new Legislature best be laser-focused on two immediate priorities: investing and deploying critical resources into our transportation system and stimulating permanent property tax reductions through shared services and municipal consolidations.

Other N.J. cities forge ahead, file bids for Amazon HQ2

Several other cities in New Jersey have filed their bids to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, despite the state throwing its official support behind Newark earlier this week.

NJAA marks record attendance by lawmakers for PAC event (SLIDESHOW)

In a sign of strength for the state’s multifamily sector, some three dozen state lawmakers turned out this week for an annual reception hosted by the New Jersey Apartment Association.