Business groups say more can be done to help New Jersey’s economy

New Jersey’s faltering economy requires more attention, according to the state’s business community. More than 100 business organizations and nonprofits have sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy urging him to consider a regional approach to reopening. The groups suggest allowing businesses to open in those counties with a low number of COVID cases.

Jersey City wants to attract more shoppers and diners to the businesses along Central Avenue in the Heights. Wednesday night the city council is set to vote on a $4 million plan to redesign and improve Central Avenue to make it friendlier to pedestrians.

The state is trying to help small businesses obtain personal protective equipment, or PPE. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is launching the first phase of a $15 million program that provides small businesses and nonprofits with access to PPE at a fair price. The Economic Development Authority is also now accepting applications for for another small business loan program for companies with a maximum of 10 employees.