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Division of Economic Development

The City of Trenton's Division of Economic Development works to promote business attraction, retention and expansion, with special attention paid to job growth and an increase of city ratables.  The Division supports the business community in coordination with organizations and other governmental agencies including the State of New Jersey, County of Mercer, Trenton Downtown Association and various chambers of commerce to further economic development.

Our Services and Programs

Start-Up and Relocation Assistance
The City of Trenton assists incoming businesses through the process of start-up or relocation including business plan review, business training, site selection, PARC consultation, business licensing, inspections and connection with various incentives.  If you would like to speak to somebody on relocating or starting your business in Trenton, email emaywar@trentonnj.org.


The City of Trenton can assist incoming businesses and current Trenton businesses with their continued presence in the City by helping Trenton business take full advantage of State Grow NJ tax credits. 

Community Working Groups
In 2016, we replaced the long-standing Trenton Business Week with the Trenton Innovation Project, bringing together 95 Trenton businesses and citizens to define community-designed projects in the areas of Manufacturing, the Arts Economy, Shopping Local, Food Entrepreneurship, Downtown Consumer Traffic and Waterfront Activation.  If you would like to join one of these groups, email

Brownfield Management

Due to Trenton's strong industrial history, the Division is dedicated to environmental issues and Brownfield projects.  Through its efforts, the Division is able to meet the many challenges associated with these projects and revitalize old industrial sites into vibrant residential locations, pristine green spaces and parks or thriving business zones.  Please click on Brownfield Program for more information regarding this initiative.  

Tourism and Culture
The City of Trenton has a rich history.  From the American Revolution to the City's strong industrial history of "Trenton Makes, The World Takes", Trenton has stood in the forefront of the growth and development of America.  The Division of Economic Development looks to promote this past and works with several organizations and City Departments in marketing and showcasing these hidden treasures. 


Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ)

The New Jersey Legislature created the Urban Enterprise Zone Program in 1983 to help stimulate new economic activity and reduce unemployment within the boundaries of each zone.  Trenton was awarded its UEZ designation in 1985.  Since that time, the program has successfully served over 800 businesses that have invested millions of dollars in the construction and rehabilitation of new office, commercial and retail space, sports complexes, and other improvements to the city’s landscape.

Other Resources

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is an excellent source for City businesses interested in low interest financing through bonds, loan participations, loan guarantees and direct loans with a choice of variable or fixed rates.  For more information on these opportunities, please visit http://www.njeda.com/ for more details. 

Other Financing Options

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