NRBP serves its members by advocating for public policies that strengthen the region’s physical and business infrastructure, contributing to economic growth for individual businesses and the region as a whole. The following is a representative sampling of NRBP’s involvement and accomplishments.
Newark’s Prudential Center, home of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and host to some of today’s most popular sports and entertainment events, has welcomed more than 9 million visitors since its opening in October 2007. NRBP’s affiliate, Renaissance Newark Foundation, coordinated the initial feasibility studies for a downtown arena throughout the mid 1990’s and NRBP remains a stalwart supporter of the Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan. New restaurants and the first new downtown hotels in more than four decades have been built on Broad Street. The success of the Prudential Center and related businesses has inspired significant new renovation of older buildings in the arena district which is bringing residential life to the spaces above new street level retail.
NRBP was a founder of the Amtrak Business Coalition (now the Northeast Alliance for Rail), a coalition comprised of major business organizations from Boston to Washington, D.C. which continues to advocate for investments to promote a state of good repair on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and a vision for high speed rail service. NJ Transit trains outnumber Amtrak trains 6:1 on NEC and provide essential services that carry tens of thousands of workers to the region’s employers.
Beginning with its stewardship of the GoNewark website more than a decade ago, NRBP has been at the forefront of efforts to promot Newark as a place to work, visit and live. NRBP helped to bring together business and non-profit partners to begin the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB) in 2008. In 2013, NRBP and other stakeholders successfully advocated for the creation of a Newark Tourism Improvement District that provides a stable source of funding for the attraction of conferences, events and visitors to one of the state's overlooked tourist destinations. GNCVB has created a new brand for Newark and NRBP is proud to coninue in an active role on GNCVB's Board of Directors. More information at NewarkHappening.com.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) carries more than 33 million passengers a year and is a great asset for the region’s business community. NRBP has been a vocal proponent for USDOT investment in NextGen, a satellite-based air traffic control system that will help to alleviate congestion at one of the nation’s most delayed airports. During the past fifteen years, NRBP successfully filed route cases that expanded Continental/United service to more than a dozen international cities – further enhancing the City’s value as a business location.
The City of Newark is undergoing the first complete revision of its master plan in more than fifty years. NRBP is working with the City and its consultants by organizing and hosting multiple forums for its members to provide insight and advice on ways to maximize Newark’s assets, increase economic development and enhance the quality of life for Newark residents.
Build Our Newark to an Excellent State of Good Repair (BONES) is NRBP’s call for investment in infrastructure to ensure regional business growth. In addition to aforementioned rail and aviation improvements, the East Coast’s largest seaport complex and our roads and bridges require increased public and innovative private funding to maximize their economic potential. Safe and reliable electric and water service is essential to the region’s business climate and NRBP has testified before state and federal regulators on behalf of important electric transmission projects and urged the City to address its crumbling water and sewer systems.
NRBP is managing Made In Newark (MIN), a collaborative endeavor with Newark manufacturers, Brick City Development Corporation, NJ Manufacturers Extension Program, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com and other business partners. Newark is home to more than 400 manufacturing businesses that employ more than 10,000 people. Our goal is to provide peer-to-peer networking, valuable information and useful resources which result in the promotion and nurturing of manufacturing in Newark. NRBP served as a member of the Newark Manufacturing Initiative Advisory Network which provided key insights for a recent Brookings Institution report that proposed strategies to improve Newark’s manufacturing competitiveness.
NRBP is a founder and active member of Chambers United for Business Growth, a coalition of New Jersey chambers of commerce that champions statewide initiatives to enhance the business climate. Chambers United has supported legislation to reduce the tax burden, streamline regulation, to reform unemployment insurance, to address state infrastructure investment and more. In collaboration with other leading organizations, NRBP advocates for policies that will encourage urban development, employment expansion and small business growth.