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401 Grand St. Paterson, NJ 07505 | (973) 881-4000
"Rich History, Bright Future"

Economic Development

retail-banner-illustrationDivision of Community &
Economic Development
Department of Planning & Economic Development

Main Contact: Deborah Hoffman
Position: Director

Email Addresses: 

Phone: (973) 569-4720
Fax: (973) 569-4725
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: 930 Riverview Drive, Suite 250, Totowa, NJ 07512 

Passaic County, located in northern New Jer­sey, is devoted to the development and prosperity of its business community and actively encourages business expansion and new business relocations into the county. The county is comprised of 16 municipalities in 197.05 square miles, with a popula­tion of 508,856. The county contains urban, suburban and rural settings from the developed urban centers of Paterson and Passaic to the sparsely developed and pictur­esque region of the Highlands with its mountains and lakes located in the Townships of West Milford and Ringwood.

The County has an impres­sive list of business assets. The commercial and indus­trial parks throughout the county provide expanding companies with opportunities for growth, while the diverse-and hardworking labor force ensures a strong and available labor pool. Companies locat­ing in the Urban Enterprise Zones in the cities of Paterson and Passaic can benefit from significant incentives and low-cost financing.

The Passaic County Division of Economic Develop­ment offers direct technical support and assistance to companies. Specific services include: real estate identifi­cation; assistance in securing loans and lines of credit, man­agement of the Greater Pas­saic County Bond Program; redevelopment of brownfield sites through the Passaic County Brownfields Commission; promotion of filming in the county through the activities of the Passaic County Film Commission; information on all business incen­tives; sponsorship of technical seminars on a wide range of issues; and assistance with regulatory agencies on lo­cal, county, state and federal levels.

One of Passaic County’s strongest assets is its trans­portation infrastructure. Air, water, land and rail are avail­able and major roadways include the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turn­pike, Interstates 287 and 80, state Routes 3, 19, 20, 21, 23, 46 and 208.

Today, the Passaic County business landscape is defined by variety, with both large corporations and small family-owned businesses making the county their home. Creating a solid base of employment for our resident labor force of approximately 250,000, this diverse mix of 20,000+ businesses provides the county with a unique atmosphere — a blending of tradition and innovation. Major employers include BAE Systems, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical, Driscoll Foods, Accurate Box Company, Maquet Cardiovascular, and UPS. 

Passaic County is committed to supporting the growth of its business community and welcomes investment and innovation from its corporate partners who benefit from the skills of our hardworking labor force and our business assets.

If you are interested in dis­covering how your company can join Passaic County’s thriving business community, please contact Deborah Hoff­man, director, Division of Economic De­velopment, at (973) 569-4720 or ecodev@passaiccountynj.org.

Specific services to the business community include:

  • Real estate identification (Over 800 properties available for sale or lease in our computerized database)
  • Assistance in securing loans and lines of credit
  • Management of the Greater Passaic County Bond Program
  • Management of the Passaic County Brownfields Assessment Program and the Passaic County Brownfields Commission
  • Management of the Passaic County Motion Picture and Television Film Commission
  • Management of the Passaic County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Committee
  • Information on business incentives and grants: Development of Special Improvement Districts
    • Energy incentives
    • Job training programs
    • GrowNJ Corporate Business Tax Credit
    • Urban Enterprise Zone Benefits
  • Sponsorship of technical seminars on a wide range of issues including financing, marketing, procurement, environmental topics, green building design, exporting, job training, and insurance
  • Assistance with regulatory agencies on local, county, state and federal levels.
  • Management of the Passaic County Community Development Block Grant Program.

C.E.D.S. Overview

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders received a grant of $280,000 from the US Dept of Commerce, USEDA to develop a 1. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Passaic County, New Jersey, in compliance with USEDA and County requirements; 2. an Economic Impact Analysis of Hurricane Irene on the Passaic County economy; and 3. development of a Business Continuity Disaster Plan which incorporates resiliency planning to assist companies in their response to future disasters. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a Request for Proposals to engage a consultant to perform the scope of work. Camoin Associates was engaged.

C.E.D.S. Full Document
C.E.D.S. Scope of Work
Risk Mitigation Study
Risk Mitigation Plan
Project Matrix

Business Development Seminars
The Passaic County Office of Economic Development holds regular seminars throughout the year. For up to date information on upcoming seminars, please subscribe to our notification service. Below is information from previous seminars that business owners have taken advantage of. 

 Greening Your Company

Green Building Design Principals 
The Path to Green
Clean Energy Incentive ProgramEnergy Savings and Power Optimization
Energy Savings and New Technology
Smart Buildings
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Green Buildings in Passaic County
Business Continuity:
How To Save Your Company

Business Disaster Plan

Economic Development Seminars

Marketing Techniques and Social Networking - How to Connect with Your Customers
February 15, 2019
8:30 AM - Noon

Opportunity Zones – Learn How to Invest, Earn Capital Gains Credits and Stimulate Economic Development
March 15, 2019
8:30 AM - Noon

Deborah Hoffman, Director - Passaic County Division of Economic Development
Opportunity Zones - Presentation

Michael Benguigui,
CPA, Senior Tax Manager - Sax LLP 
"Investing in Qualified Opportunity Zone II" Presentation

Tai Cooper, Managing Director Policy and Advocacy - 
NJ Economic Development Authority
"Introduction to Opportunity Zones" - Presentation

Dr. Christopher Wheeler, Chief Data Officer - 
State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs
"State Resources for Opportunity Zone Planning and Investment" 
- Presentation

Fair Housing Compliance and Expanding Housing Opportunities
April 12, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Future of Infrastructure in Passaic County and Business Incentives and Grants for Your Compant
May 16, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Deborah Hoffman, Director - Passaic County Division of Economic Development
Business Incentives - 

Passaic County Business Resource Center
Business Incentives - Presentation

Business Incentives - Presentation

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Business Incentives - Presentation

Business Incentives

Business Action Center 
NJ Clean Energy Program
Hiring Incentives 

Customized Training Programs 
EZ Ride Transportation Incentive 

Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities 
Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant 

Check List for Relocation and Expansion Passaic County New Jersey

Business Registration Certificate

Financing Programs



GrowNJ Incentive Program

Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program (ERG)

NJ Department of Labor - Training Programs – Grants – Find Employees

Find Employees

Smart Start Buildings Program

Corporation Business Tax Credits and Incentives

Transportation Assistance

Fair Housing
Fair Housing - It's Your Right

EZ Ride

Urban Enterprise Zone (Paterson and Passaic)

Important Links

Free Business Counseling - Click here for info and to sign up for free counseling for new and existing businesses in Passaic County.

Demographic Data

Fast Facts

Business Directory

Staff Directory   
Deborah Hoffman, Director                (973) 569-4721              deborahh@passaiccountynj.org 
Kristen Holton Executive Assistant   (973) 569-4722              kristenh@passaiccountynj.org