With Submissions to Amazon now in, What Have We learned about Our Region?

In a scramble not seen since the 1940s, when cities and towns across the country competed for the right to host the United Nations, hundreds of hopeful jurisdictions have put in their bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters.  While oddsmakers are already projecting the favorites, it’s hard to predict what Amazon will do. It’s not … Continue reading With Submissions to Amazon now in, What Have We learned about Our Region?

Matt Katz on “American Governor” in Camden

WNYC reporter and author Matt Katz reflected on Chris Christie’s relationship to Camden Tuesday. Drawing on years of coverage both of the city and of the governor, Katz conveyed a number of insights from his recently published American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption in a talk on the Rutgers-Camden campus.For those in the audience … Continue reading Matt Katz on “American Governor” in Camden

In Rebuilding Camden’s Industry, Don’t Bury the Past

Clearly one of the most exciting aspects of the hugely generous tax credits that have been used to induce businesses to locate in Camden is the prospect of returning the city to its roots in manufacturing. Citing the 5000 new jobs he expects to generate,  Holtec CEO Kris Singh made the connection himself this week … Continue reading In Rebuilding Camden’s Industry, Don’t Bury the Past

In Camden, Additional Searches for Solutions

A panel discussion hosted by the Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Education today sparked a lively debate about best path to reversing Camden’s long-term decline.Like so many meetings before it, this one, which included a mix of community residents, students, and a scattering of professionals, provided a mix of pride in work underway at … Continue reading In Camden, Additional Searches for Solutions

Christie Touts Camden’s Recovery, but the Hard Part is Still Ahead

To nobody’s surprise, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has used his annual state of the state address to showcase the theme he is expected to emphasize should he embark on a widely anticipated run for president: getting results in a bipartisan manner. Given the amount of time and resources he has directed towards Camden (a … Continue reading Christie Touts Camden’s Recovery, but the Hard Part is Still Ahead