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Newark City Council Approves
Amazon HQ2 Incentives

originally published: 07/11/2018

Newark City Council Approves Amazon HQ2 Incentives

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On July 11th, the Newark City Council passed enabling legislation authorizing up to two billion dollars previously announced as part of its campaign to bring Amazon’s second international headquarters to Newark. The ordinances illustrate the city’s commitment to bring Amazon to Newark, but also apply to any transformative project providing a similar number of jobs and investment.

Amazon must commit to creating at least 30,000 new jobs and create investments of at least $3 billion over a 20-year period to qualify for these incentives. One ordinance authorizes creation of an accelerated process of land-use and permit approvals, and a second enables Amazon to receive a 100 percent payroll tax exemption for employees living in Newark and a 50 percent exemption for all other employees. The total payroll tax exemptions are capped at one billion dollars over the life of the project. A third ordinance creating an additional category of transformative headquarters within the Long-Term Tax Exemption ordinance is also expected to pass.

“The City Council has brought Newark a giant step closer to being Amazon’s choice for HQ2,” said Mayor Ras J. Baraka. The creation of 12,500 jobs for Newark residents, the added revenue to Newark families plus the added revenue to the City of Newark, Newark Public Schools and Newark Public Library make HQ2 a game changer in the transformation of our city.”

“I am proud to stand by the strong leadership of Mayor Baraka and all who are speaking in a clear and unified voice that Newark is ready to lead and win the Amazon bid. Let there be no doubt: we are all in this together and Newark will continue to rise as one,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

A third-party independent analysis conducted by the Anderson Economic Group of Chicago concludes that the financial and job benefits of Amazon choosing Newark far exceed the dollar amount of the incentives.  Specifically, The Anderson Economic Group reports that:

●       Upon completion, HQ2 would create at least 12,500 direct and indirect jobs for residents. (Newark averaged about 8,751 unemployed residents in 2017.) HQ2 would also increase Newark household earnings by $1.2 billion annually starting in 2035.

●       Amazon HQ2 locating in Newark would result in more than 135,000 net new direct and indirect jobs in New Jersey. These jobs would increase New Jersey household earnings by $11.4 billion.

●       By 2035, Amazon HQ2 would have an annual net fiscal impact of $113 million on the State of New Jersey. This includes a $599 million net increase in tax revenues and a $487 million increase in service costs.

●       By 2035, Amazon HQ2 would have a combined net fiscal impact of $41 million on the City of Newark, Newark Public Schools, and Newark Public Library, collectively. This includes an $80 million increase in tax revenues and a $40 million increase in service costs.

●       Amazon HQ2 would also have a positive net fiscal benefit on Essex County. By 2035, the annual impact would reach $41.3 million, due to increased PILOT and property tax revenues.



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The Anderson Economic Group, LLc., is based at 20 South Clark Street, in Chicago.





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Upcoming Events

Lunar Eclipse Event, Star Shows, Laser Concerts Set at RVCC Planetarium

Lunar Eclipse Event, Star Shows, Laser Concerts Set at RVCC Planetarium

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium January programs include a special late-night Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party, laser concerts featuring music by Pink Floyd and Bon Jovi, and star shows for audiences of all ages.


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(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present “The Sky Above,” Saturdays, January 5 and February 2, both at 5:00pm. The sensory-friendly astronomy and music show, approximately 45 minutes in length, is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities.


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RVCC Planetarium to Present Holiday Shows, Star Shows, Laser Concerts in December

​​​​​​​(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg is offering a variety of star shows and laser concerts for the entire family in December, including holiday programs to help make the season especially merry and bright. In addition, a special Winter Solstice Saturday program will feature free, hands-on activities for all ages.








Event calendar
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018


MUSIC

CHRIS GULLACE BAND - A BENEFIT FOR ST. JUDE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 2:00pm

SOLAR CIRCUS / DOOBIE DECIBEL SYSTEM @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

ELEVEN ELEVEN @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 2:00pm

SUNDAY JAZZ @ Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 10:00am

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 4:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Peter pan @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 5:00pm







DANCE

Cocktail Hour: The Show Featuring the B-Twist Orchestra @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 6:00pm

NEW JERSEY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

The Nutcracker: The Russian National Ballet @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm


KIDS

Shopkins LIVE! Shop It Up! @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 11:00am

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