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Deborah Hoffman, Director

Passaic County Department of Economic Development
930 Riverview Drive, Suite 250
Totowa, NJ 07512
Telephone: (973) 569-4720
Fax: (973) 569-4725

Passaic County, New Jersey

Think Business, Opportunity & Success

Passaic County, located in northern New Jer­sey, is devoted to the development and prosperity of its business community and actively encourages business expansion and new business relocations into the county. The county is comprised of 16 municipalities in 197.05 square miles, with a popula­tion of 490,948. The county contains urban, suburban and rural settings from the developed urban centers of Paterson and Passaic to the sparsely developed and pictur­esque region of the Highlands with its mountains and lakes located in the Townships of West Milford and Ringwood.

The county has an impres­sive list of business assets. The commercial and indus­trial parks throughout the county provide expanding companies with opportunities for growth, while the diverse-and hardworking labor force ensures a strong and available labor pool. Companies locat­ing in the Urban Enterprise Zones in the cities of Paterson and Passaic can benefit from significant incentives and low-cost financing.

The Passaic County Division of Economic Development offers direct technical support and assistance to companies. Specific services include: real estate identifi­cation; assistance in securing loans and lines of credit, man­agement of the Greater Pas­saic County Bond Program; sponsorship of ISO 9001 train­ing programs; redevelopment of brownfield sites through the Passaic County Brownfields Commission; promotion of filming in the county through the activities of the Passaic County Film Commission; information on energy incen­tives; sponsorship of technical seminars on a wide range of issues; and assistance with regulatory agencies on lo­cal, county, state and federal levels.

One of Passaic County’s strongest assets is its trans­portation infrastructure. Air, water, land and rail are avail­able and major roadways include the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turn­pike, Interstates 287 and 80, state Routes 3, 19, 20, 21, 23, 46 and 208.

Today, the Passaic County business landscape is defined by variety, with both large corporations and small family-owned businesses making the county their home. Creating a solid base of employment for our resident labor force of approximately 250,000, this diverse mix of 15,000+ businesses provides the county with a unique atmosphere — a blending of tradition and innovation. Major employers include BAE Systems, Bayer Health Care, Drakes Bakeries, Hoffman-La Roche, Maquet Cardiovascular, Toys “R” Us and UPS.

Passaic County is committed to supporting the growth of its business community and welcomes investment and innovation from its corporate partners who benefit from the skills of our hardworking labor force and our business assets.

If you are interested in dis­covering how your company can join Passaic County’s thriving business community, please contact Deborah Hoff­man, director, Division of Economic Development, at (973) 569-4720 or

Brownfields Information

The County of Passaic has secured a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for $400,000 to inventory and assess sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants within Passaic County. The inventory of brownfield sites and the performance of environmental assessments will enable the County of Passaic to assist all sixteen Passaic County municipalities in the redevelopment of contaminated sites and will enable the prioritization of financial resources for the environmental remediation and redevelopment of specific sites.

For more information about the Passaic County Brownfields Assessment Program, Brownfields Commission or EPA Grant, please contact: Deborah Hoffman, Director

PC Film Commission - Mission Statement

Passaic County Motion Picture & Television Film Commission
The County of Passaic seeks to foster the development of the motion picture and television film industry in the County in an attempt to increase the image of Passaic County; increase local employment opportunities; and increase revenues for Passaic County companies.

1. Develop a portfolio of potential sites throughout the County of Passaic which would be appropriate locales for motion picture and television filming, including, but not limited to:

a. Historic Locations
b. Residential Locations
c. Houses of Worship
d. Business Locations including retail, warehouse, commercial and industrial sites
e. Natural Resources, i.e. Great Falls, Greenwood Lake, Quarries, etc.
f. Government: Court Houses, etc.

2. Designate a formal liaison with the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Film Commission to respond to requests for filming locations
3. Develop a network of contacts in each municipality who can scout for sites for the portfolio and respond to requests for locations
4. Develop a list of Passaic County firms who can supply services to the motion picture and television film industry
5. Develop a list of film companies headquartered in Passaic County
6. Work with municipalities to develop local ordinances which will enhance motion picture and television filming
7. Provide guidance and instruction to local municipal representatives on how to identify appropriate locations for the film industry and how to present these locations through panoramic photography
8. Highlight the Passaic County Film Commission on the County web site and hot link to the NJ Film Commission web site to provide information on the schedule for current filming
9. Create the Passaic County Student Film and Video Festival, a juried exhibition of young filmmakers' work, featuring a wide range of film and video projects created by students who live or attend school in Passaic County. The objective of the Student Film and Video Festival is to support young filmmakers by providing a public forum in which to showcase their work and provide an opportunity to interact with members of the television and filmmaking community.

Summary of Activities
1. Developed Passaic County Film Permit
2. Publication of the Passaic County New Jersey Film Production Resource Guide: June 2005
3. Film Commission members developed Public Service Announcement (30 second) to promote Passaic County as a positive location for filming
4. Identified film contacts in each Passaic County municipality
5. Initiated the development of an inventory of potential filming locations throughout Passaic County
6. Began development of a web site to promote filming in Passaic County containing information and potential film locations
7. Sponsored the Passaic County Student Film Festival on April 16, 2005, following a Film Symposium held in October 2004
8. Sponsored the second annual Passaic County Student Film Festival on April 15, 2006 following a Film Symposium held on October 29, 2005
9. Developed two 5-minute films on the benefits and incentives of film production in Passaic County New Jersey, 2006 and 2009
10. Chairman of Commission spoke on the tools and techniques of attracting filming to communities at the November 2005 League of Municipalities forum “Your Town Ought to be In Pictures”
11. Developed promotional advertisement to attract and expand filming locations in Passaic County
12. Sponsored Black Maria Film Festival in Passaic County: March 15, 2006
13. Sponsored Passaic County Student Film Symposium on October 21, 2006.
14. Sponsor of Passaic County Student Film Festival scheduled for April 14, 2007
15. Sponsor of Black Maria Film Festival scheduled for May 12, 2007
16. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 27, 2007
17. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 12, 2008
18. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 25, 2008
19. Participation/Exhibitor in ShowBiz Expo, September 21, 2008, New York City
20. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 18, 2009
21. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 24, 2009
22. Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 17, 2010



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