Township Economic Development Committee meets in the Municipal Complex
on the 1st Tuesday of the month.
Emma Cartier, President
B. Michael Zekas, Vice President
Joan Geary, Emeritus Member
Marvin Wainwright, Emeritus Member
Paul Ostrander, Council Representative
Craig H. Wilkie, Mayor
Martin Eckert, Economic Development Liaison
Florence Township – New Home to Burlington Coat Factory Corporate Offices
Florence Township - New Home to Subaru of America
Mission Statement Goals and Objectives
is a community wealthy in the resources essential to commercial development.
Strategically located within the Northeast corridor, Florence Township
is 45 minutes north of Center City Philadelphia and 1½ hours
south of New York City. Modern, safe and well maintained roads, highways
and interstates provide a seamless link to the many metropolitan markets
along the Eastern seaboard.
While US Highway Route 130
intersects the township, Interstate Highway Route 295 parallels the
township's eastern border. Interstate Highway Route 1 and Interstate
Highway Route 95, as well as, US Highway Route 206 are all accessible
within 5 to 15 minutes. The community also provides direct access to
both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Pennsylvania Turnpike via New Jersey
Turnpike Interchange #6 and the Delaware River Bridge.
Bordering the township on
the west, the Delaware River provides a deep-water channel which runs
the length of the town. Heavy rail lines also run the length of the
community north-south providing shipping and freight service.
Rail service to and through
Florence Township was expanded in the early spring of 2003, as the Southern
New Jersey Light Rail Line became operational. With two stations
in the township, this passenger line links communities between Camden
and Trenton to existing lines at the Walter Rand Transportation Center
in Camden and the Trenton Station.
To ensure the township's
readiness for economic expansion, Mayor and Council have recently made
a number of infrastructure improvements.
- The installation of water
and sewer lines along 1.5 miles of US Hwy. Rt. 130
- The upgrading of the
township's water treatment facility
- The installation of a
second one million gallon elevated water tank
- The refurbishing of the
primary one million gallon water tank
- Gained control of the
former John A. Roebling & Sons Wire Mill
Additionally, Florence Township
is an active member in the "River Route Revitalization Program."
This program is under the direction of the Burlington County Board of
Freeholders and is administered by the Burlington County Office of Land
Use and Planning.
The objective of this program is to assist communities along Route 130
with economic development and redevelopment projects by combining the
resources of a county government with those of a local municipality.
At present, Florence Township is working in conjunction with Burlington
County officials to redevelop the former Roebling Steel Mill Site.
The steel mill site is comprised
of a total of 232 acres. Inclusive in this is 52 acres in a riparian
area with 7,200 feet along the Delaware River. Also within the site
is 2,133 feet of CSX/Conrail freight line.
Florence Township is also the home of the Haines Industrial Center and
the River Terminal Development Company.
The Haines Industrial Center
is a master-planned, 700 acre, rail served business complex. The center
was planned to offer a wide variety of building sites from 5 to 200
acres. Also available are state of the art warehousing and distribution
facilities from 80,000 square feet and up. For further information visit www.whitesellco.com.
The River Terminal Development
Company site consists of 100 acres with 430,000 square feet of prime
warehouse and multi-user facilities. With land available for further
development, another 1,000,000 square feet of building space is possible.
For further information, visit www.riverterminal.com.
These businesses have already
realized the benefit of our workforce, which is comprised of highly
skilled, well educated, people. Generation after generation have worked
and built to make Florence Township businesses grow and prosper.
its humble beginnings as a foundry town creating pipes and fittings
for the cities of the world to its most recent endeavors creating
wire for the building industry, Florence Township workers have long
passed on the grit and determination of success through hard work.