Mercer County is home to top higher education institutions, Fortune 500 companies, the State Capital and a workforce that ranks among the most highly educated in the nation. From Princeton University to the New Jersey Statehouse, Mercer County offers its current and prospective employers an ideal location for their businesses because of its proximity to the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and an excellent transportation infrastructure with options for commuters that fit every lifestyle.
You mentioned that Mercer County is home to some major higher education institutions. Which ones?
Mercer County is home to high quality institutions, which gives it access to some of the most highly educated students in the country. Higher education institutions in Mercer County include Princeton University, Rider University, Thomas Edison State University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College.
Do you have access to students at these universities to encourage them to find jobs in Mercer County?
The Mercer County One-Stop Career Center partners with many local agencies, municipalities and chambers of commerce to hold job fairs at the One-Stop to recruit for individual employers. The One-Stop Business Resource team works specifically with these businesses to tailor recruitments toward a specific employee, or employees, being sought. Similarly, the One-Stop also holds a youth job fair that targets qualified young Mercer County individuals from the ages of 14-21.
What role does each organization serve?
The Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability provides a variety of business development programs, business workshops, loans and beneficial financial programs to help small and large businesses in the County. We also work with businesses to help them realize the financial incentives and benefits of moving their businesses into Mercer County's Foreign Trade Zone and Urban Enterprise Zone in the City of Trenton.
The Mercer County Workforce Development Board (WDB) features the County's most prominent business leaders, including CEOs, presidents and directors from such organizations as the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Horizon New Jersey, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Verizon, Sun National Bank and many other successful small businesses and non-profit organizations. The WDB provides professional insight by guiding workforce programs and services that are capable of responding to the changing workforce needs of businesses and additional skill development of workers. To achieve these goals, the WDB has formed committees that include Strategic Planning, Literacy, Health Care and Youth Investment Council. The WDB has also hosted Employer Conferences geared specifically toward employer needs.
The Mercer County One-Stop Career Center offers a range of employer/employment services to connect employers with a well-educated workforce, including our business resource center, on the job training, services for job seekers, various training programs, and job fairs and recruitment events for employers.
How do the One-Stop, Workforce Development Board and Office of Economic Development work together?
The WDB and One-Stop Career Center both fall within the Mercer County Office of Economic Development. These organizations work together to offer a wide range of business workshops, financial incentives for businesses and employer/employee training programs for businesses. The county's multiple economic development and employer training programs work together to train of the county's workforce, and provide strategic business advice, incentives and programs to help existing and prospective businesses succeed in Mercer County and the State of New Jersey.
Whom do I talk to about training programs for my current and prospective employees?
The Mercer County One-Stop Career Center provides a vast array of training programs for current and prospective employees and existing County businesses. You can find out more about the programs we offer by calling the One-Stop Career Center at 609-989-6523 or 877-989-AJOB.
Could I speak with representatives from small and large businesses that have had success in Mercer County?
We'd be happy to set you up with personal phone calls with some of these business owners and also encourage you to take advantage of some of our programs, including our small business counseling program, which assists established entrepreneurs and start-up small businesses to operate and maintain successful businesses. You can contact the Office of Economic Development and Sustainability directly at 609-989-6555.
What is the difference between the services that Mercer County provides and Choose New Jersey?
Choose New Jersey is an independent, privately funded non-profit corporation that was developed in recent years to promote our State to existing and prospective businesses. Mercer County organizations, including the Workforce Development Board (WDB), Office of Economic & Sustainability and One-Stop Career Center operate to promote Mercer County as a place that businesses should invest in and grow. In addition, we help businesses to identify tax credits and financial incentives as well as to train their existing and prospective employees.