Vineland and the CCIA to Move Forward on a New Police Station

VINELAND, NJ: The Vineland City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday which establishes a Shared Services Agreement with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) for construction of a new police station.

As part of the agreement, the CCIA will bond for and undertake the general contracting, project management, and financing for the new police facility. At the end of the construction, the city will lease the building from the CCIA at lease payments equal to the payments under the CCIA bonding. At the completion of the lease, the CCIA will transfer ownership of the property to the city for $1.00. This saves the city the need to bond the project and undertake contracting for the many facets of construction, while still retaining overall control of the project.

“Since taking office, I have stressed the importance of adopting a strategic business-like approach to decision making which identifies and mobilizes public and private resources in support of a common vision,” stated Mayor Anthony Fanucci. “This includes identifying shared services opportunities where practical, and forming partnerships with regional development entities on projects that will benefit residents and businesses. This agreement will do so by providing necessary services at a cost savings to Vineland taxpayers.”

“There is no doubt that the existing Vineland Police building, which dates to 1966, has reached the end of its productive lifecycle and no longer meets the city’s policing needs,” Mayor Fanucci continued. “To keep pace with the safety requirements of our community, a new police services building with adequate space for effective policing operations is essential. However, I believe by leveraging the construction expertise of the CCIA, we can complete the project well below the $25 million estimate offered by the previous administration.”

“We are excited at the prospect of working with the City of Vineland,” said CCIA Executive Director Jerry Velazquez. “This is exactly the type of project the CCIA was set up to handle. It is a big deal for us that the largest city in the county recognizes the benefits that can be realized through a partnership with the CCIA. We have a record of completing projects on-time and under budget, and we look forward to providing these services to the city.”

“The current building has served us well for over 50 years,” said Police Chief Rudy Beu. “But time has made it both physically and functionally obsolete. Moving this project forward demonstrates the commitment Mayor Fanucci and City Council have made to keeping Vineland a safe, forward-looking community.”

“The investment in a new facility will enhance our law enforcement and public safety operations for decades to come,” said City Council President Paul Spinelli. “Additionally, the proposed financing approach allows the city to make a significant investment in our community within existing and projected resources.”

“As Mayor, I am strongly committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities that enable our police force to do their jobs safely and more efficiently in a quality work environment in order to better serve the residents of Vineland,” Mayor Fanucci concluded.

Cumberland County Bankers & Business Roundtable

May 1, 2017 – The Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) is holding the annual Cumberland County Bankers & Business Roundtable on Friday May 12, 2017, at the Cumberland County College.

This year’s roundtable will feature a local business report by John Ruga, President of Northeast Precast and GrowNJ recipient, as well as a construction update by CCIA Executive Director Gerard Velazquez.

Tim Lizura, President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will moderate a panel discussion that includes panelists representing health services, hospitality and tourism, commercial site selection, workforce trends, and economic trends. Panelists include Todd Way, Executive VP of Operations, Inspira Health Network; Jake Buganski, NJ State Tourism Director; Adam Tkaczuk, Sterling Point Capital; Kerri Gatling, Manager, NJ Department of Labor Talent Networks, and Michael McNiven, Managing Director, Cumberland Advisors.

Networking and complimentary breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To register for this free event, click here.

$8.2 million has been awarded to Northeast Precast, LLC, as part of the GROW NJ initiative, marking the eighth successful entry for a business in Cumberland County to the statewide program.

The concrete manufacturer recently completed its plans to expand operations at the Lascarides Industrial Park in Millville, where they added five acres of land to the 20 already owned by the company. The new facility is now home to a 50,000 square foot manufacturing operation, made possible through the GROW NJ program. Fifty new jobs are expected as a result of the expansion.

“This expansion allows us to keep up with demand of our current product lines, and expand our efforts with new products such as pile caps for bridges, nuclear plant security products, and more,” reported Northeast Precast President, John Ruga.

Northeast Precast worked closely with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority to coordinate plans for the expansion.

“The Cumberland County Improvement Authority helped bring together officials at the city, county and state levels, as well as presented information on available incentives like the GROW NJ tax incentive program, which Northeast Precast was awarded,” noted James Watson, Director for Construction and Economic Development in Cumberland County. “We are delighted to be part of helping Northeast Precast grow here in Cumberland County,” he continued.

Cumberland County Freeholder Director, Joe Derella, recognized the collaborative effort of industries and government authorities that stimulate economic growth. “This is another great example of private industry and government entities working hand-in-hand to help bring jobs into the county, along with more tax ratables, both of which are greatly needed,” stated Derella.

For more information on Northeast Precast, visit

7 Recycling Rules You’re Either Making or Breaking

Life is crazy. And in the midst of chaos, we often forget what most consider “small things.” Like recycling for example—when lives are busy, we don’t spend so much time mulling over the environmental impact of a gum wrapper missing the trash bin.

But when we do make those efforts to reduce and reuse, some efforts are lost to mistake.

According to Budget Dumpster and Earth 911, here are a few common errors people make when they recycle:

1. Plastic Bags
If you’ve ever patted yourself on the back for recycling a plastic bag, you should know your mind’s in the right spot, but you probably didn’t do anything impactful! Plastic bags require a specialized process that other plastic compounds are exempt from while recycling. The best way to recycle these bags is to A.) not use them at the grocery store, or B.) reuse them over and over once you’ve brought them home. However, some stores, like ShopRite do offer plastic bag recycling bins. Look for one the next time you’re out shopping!

2. Removing labels
A common misconception on recycling bottles, cans, and packaging materials is that one must remove the label before discarding. But this step is completely unnecessary! While an adhesive label makes up a very small percentage of a product, it can certainly be recycled.

3. Removing caps
Another misconception, perhaps more so than removing labels, is the supposed need to remove the caps on bottles, glass, or plastic. While a handful of facilities are not equipped to recycle bottles with the caps on, this should not dissuade you from placing a bottle in the appropriate bin.

4. Shredded paper
It may seem like a fine idea to toss shredded paper into a recycling bin—but more times than not, shredded paper cannot be recycled due to thin strips falling through cracks at treatment plants. Instead, many recycling facilities will accept shredded paper in a bag that is labeled, “shredded paper.”

5. Food packaging
If you’re in the habit of tossing your pizza boxes and take-out containers into the recycling bin, think twice. Greasy food that comes into contact with a porous recyclable like cardboard impedes the recycling process, making it almost impossible to recycle.

6. Not washing your recyclables
Be honest. How often do you rinse our your recyclable before they hit the bin? It’s important these materials are the cleanest before they enter a facility. You don’t have to place two weeks’ worth of wine bottles, soup, and soda cans in the dishwasher—just make sure they’re well-rinsed.

7. White paper only
Growing up in school, you might have noticed the “white box” or bin by the trash can, exclusively reserved for scraps of white paper. Colored memos, sheets of graph paper, pieces of construction paper—most have been told that only white paper is recyclable.

But that’s ridiculous! ALL paper can be recycled, recolored, and redistributed for a multiverse of use. Colored memos? In the bin. Sheets of graph paper? In the bin. Pieces of construction paper? In the bin!

And when in doubt—Google if your item is recyclable.

Cumberland County Economic Update

The Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) is currently in the process of updating the County 2020 Economic Development Strategic Plan. In the seven years since the writing of the 2020 plan, there have been substantial changes within economic development, including moving the role of economic development within the county to the CCIA, as well as a renewed focus on project development.

Notable projects completed by the CCIA in the last three years include the Cumberland County Technical Education Center, and the Center for Workforce and Economic Development. These two projects, in conjunction with the Cumberland County College, comprise the county’s “economic development triangle.” Other significant projects include the 275 Delsea Drive Professional Services Campus in Vineland, the Motor Vehicle Commission building in Vineland, the Arts and Innovation Center in Millville, and the East Point Lighthouse, in Maurice River Township. Other projects in Bridgeton, Deerfield, and Vineland are currently in queue.

Cumberland County has realized over $110 million in private investment this year, an investment that has led to the creation of over 900 jobs in our area.

The Economic Development Board, the Business and Industry Committee, the Economic Development Steering Committee, and County Administration are all taking part in this strategic plan update.

The updated strategic plan, under the facilitation of Triad Associates, is planned to be completed by July 2017.

For more information, contact James Watson at or 856-825-3700 ext. 1233.