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401 Grand St. Paterson, NJ 07505 | (973) 881-4000
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Economic Development

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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: 401 Grand Street, Room 417, Paterson, NJ 07505

Economic Development News

  • Counting Down to NJ's 2022 Plastic Carryout Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban 
New Jersey businesses can start preparing now for implementation of a new law, which takes effect May 4, 2022, which ends the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products at retail stores and food service businesses and replaces them with reusable bags and recyclable products.  The use of single-use paper carryout bags will be prohibited at grocery stores greater than 2,500 square feet. Plastic straws will be limited to by-request-only. The New Jersey Business Action Center and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection are working together to help businesses comply with the law. Read the law, a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), an easy-to-read chart explaining how to comply, and many other resources at Business.NJ.gov.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is responsible for the overall implementation of the law including the adoption of implementing regulations. The NJDEP, along with Municipalities, CEHA and the Department of Health are responsible for enforcement of the law. In coordination with the NJDEP, the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) is responsible for communicating with all businesses their responsibilities for compliance under the law, and the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) is responsible for developing and implementing a Statewide public information and education program including limited distribution of free reusable bags.

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 Program
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
Business Disaster Preparedness
Post Loss Claim Recovery
Role of OEM
Securing Business Records

Economic Development Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Best Practices for Trade Shows and Trade Missions
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

9 AM - 10:30 AM
Join via WebEx

Below is information from previous seminars that business owners have taken advantage of. For more information, please call (973) 569-4720. 

Marketing Techniques and Social Networking -How to Connect with Your Customers
February 15, 2019
Opportunity Zones – Learn How to Invest, Earn Capital Gains Credits and Stimulate Economic Development 
March 15, 2019
Fair Housing Compliance and Expanding Housing Opportunities
April 12, 2019
Financing Options for Your Company
October 18, 2019
Marketing Techniques, Social Networking and Website Best Practices - How Your Customers Connect with You
February 14, 2020
Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail and Restaurants
September 10, 2020


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 County Commissioners 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 County Commissioners 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 StudyRisk Mitigation Plan
Project Matrix

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