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Woodbridge Township is truly a special place – a large municipality with close-knit neighborhoods that embrace their individual identities.

Woodbridge Township is the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey, supporting the fifth largest suburban school system. Named an “All-American City” by the National Civic League, Woodbridge has been named New Jersey’s most sustainable municipality by the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

With its ideal location in northern Middlesex County – considered the Crossroads of New Jersey – Woodbridge encompasses 26 square miles and is strategically located between the major cities of New York and Philadelphia. The community’s 100,000-plus residents have easy access by land and rail to employment, shopping, dining and recreational opportunities throughout the region.

The plethora of transportation options literally brings business and business travelers to Woodbridge’s front door. Woodbridge’s transportation hub includes easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, Interstate 287, U.S. Highways 1, 9, 35 and 27, and Route 440, providing a direct link to New York City via Staten Island. Rail commuters find both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit passage via the Metro Park Station in Iselin and from the downtown Woodbridge and Avenel train stations. Nearby Newark Liberty International Airport speeds business air access to nationwide and international destinations. ›

The Woodbridge community and surrounding region boasts 350 years of history. When it comes to commerce, Woodbridge’s business and industrial endeavors have deep roots as well as a keen eye to the future.

While early economic prosperity focused on agricultural interests and brick manufacturing, today’s business magnates are more divergent. Woodbridge is home to top industries in health care, professional services, retail trade, international distribution and warehousing and more.

The ever-prospering economic landscape includes employers such as Siemens, Amazon Fulfillment Center, FedEx, CPV-Woodbridge Energy Center, Wakefern, Preferred Freezer, Prudential, Verizon and many other international corporations and businesses who are drawn to the community’s strategic location among major markets, transportation routes and the availability of unsurpassed commerce support.

Downtown Vision

Blessed with a traditional downtown, Woodbridge boasts pedestrian streets lined with retail shops and restaurants. New development is set to change the face of the downtown business district, thanks to a Downtown Woodbridge Vision Plan spurring redevelopment along Main Street and the surrounding residential area.

Located at the foot of Main Street, a new Transit Village area will include one and two-bedroom apartments, shopping and retail establishments key to attracting the millennial workforce. The Parker Press area already boasts a popular farmers market, art exhibitions, cultural events and numerous concerts.

Powering the 21st century community is construction of the new $600 million, 540 megawatt combined-cycle Sewaren7 power plant in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township that is on the fast track to completion. Sewaren 7 is targeted to be operational in 2018 and to generate more than 350 jobs during the two-year construction phase. PSE&G has spent $125 million over the last three years hardening and upgrading its Sewaren Switching Station, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. These improvements, part of PSE&G’s Energy Strong program, included raising electric distribution equipment above new FEMA flood guidelines, as well as installing new, elevated transmission facilities needed to maintain electric system reliability.›

Why Woodbridge?

Convenient public transportation access, skilled workforce and training facilities, a booming economic development commitment, new housing, updated and expanded recreational facilities and more make Woodbridge Township a natural choice for business and industry.

During the past four years, the township has partnered with the school district to fund more than $26 million in new community recreational facilities on school grounds that include new multi-use turf football, soccer, softball and baseball fields, new running tracks, tennis courts and gymnasium/auditorium improvements at local high schools and middle schools. The theater at Woodbridge Middle School was renovated, and new playgrounds and recreational facilities installed at every elementary school.

The Cypress Recreational Center in the Port Reading section of the township adds to the amazing array of recreational opportunities and will be a permanent home for cheerleading and wrestling. Plans include the addition of four tennis courts; two sand volleyball courts; two hard surface volleyball courts; four pickle ball courts; a level playing field for soccer and baseball for special needs children including those in wheelchairs; a new basketball court; improved soccer fields; a new youth soccer field; and a spray park.

The Woodbridge Community Center, recognized as the best facility of its kind in the state, continues to add new recreational and wellness amenities.

Focus on Economic Development

• Principal Real Estate Investors is constructing the Transport Commerce Center, a high efficiency, state-of-the-art distribution facility located at 1400 Randolph Ave. in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.

• Arizona Iced Tea has announced plans to site a 1 million-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility in Fords.

• Woodbridge Center, the region’s largest, fully tenanted shopping center, welcomed the first Dave & Buster’s to open in New Jersey.

A Regional Performing Arts Hub

The Avenel Arts Center, a 13,500-square-foot performing arts facility specially designed for theater, stage productions and special performances, is envisioned as the centerpiece for regional performing arts. Located in the new Station Village at Avenel, the Avenel Arts Center is destined to be one of the hottest places in central Jersey.

The Avenel Arts Center’s exterior and interior finishes will include a combination of brick veneer, metal cladding, wood and glass that embrace Avenel’s industrial past. The Main Performance Hall stands as a large flexible space with audiovisual systems for multiple performance settings, as well as seating arrangements for up to 225 patrons. The performance hall will feature retractable seating, a sound/lighting booth and moveable modular stages, along with a separate performance room and pre-function/lobby area that can open to the exterior space for larger gatherings and events. The space will include two dressing rooms, an audio recording room, various storage rooms, lounges and a box office.

The Avenel Arts Center will also include a restaurant with commercial kitchen and a cocktail lounge with approximately 1,200 square feet of indoor dining space; the restaurant/dining space will allow for catered pre-performance and special events and as a stand-alone dining destination. A main lobby and reception hall will connect the performance area and restaurant space. Large overhead glass doors will open to the exterior to provide an indoor/outdoor social experience before, during and after performances. Outdoor dining will be offered by the restaurant in an adjacent patio area.

Situated nearby on an abandoned industrial site, Station Lofts at Avenel’s new 400 apartments adjacent to the redesigned Northwest Transit Station, will feature art-themed retailers, a 150-seat black box theater and upscale dining venues. ›

Welcoming the Business Community

Aiding the township’s already business-friendly environment are organizations dedicated to the well-being of local commerce.

Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization and vital resource for business, industry, retail and professionals working to improve Woodbridge’s economic and civic growth. For more than 50 years, the Chamber has been at the heart of business in the metropolitan area. Representing more than 450 member businesses, the Chamber offers numerous opportunities for growth through networking, educational programs, affordable advertising, member-to-member discounts and referrals, legislative influence and more.

The Small Business Development Center at the College of New Jersey provides counseling to more than 600 businesses, training 2,000 each year. The organization offers free membership and technical assistance through one-on-one or group consultations, informational seminars and interactive workshops.

Additional State of New Jersey programs offer a full range of opportunities for businesses in Woodbridge though the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Division. Business can access departments specializing in business retention and expansion, business attraction, real estate services and sustainable businesses.

Working to attract new businesses, as well as support the area’s already established businesses, the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation has designed a number of programs to create successful ventures for area entities.

The Mayor’s Office of Planning & Development, the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency, Woodbridge Planning Board and Woodbridge Zoning Board have implemented long-term economic development strategies and business incentives which serve to attract corporate economic development.

The administration works with corporations, business and industry, the retail sector and local business to encourage growth and expansion throughout the township. As a result, several significant development and construction projects that demonstrate that corporations and businesses view Woodbridge as a sound investment are changing the face of Woodbridge Township.

Staying Connected

An all-new WOODBRIDGE NOW app is a great one-touch source for what’s happening in Woodbridge Township. The app offers:

Business Directory: Get info on local businesses. Search by business category to quickly find directions and contact information for the businesses you need.

Events: Stay “in-the-know” about what’s going on in Woodbridge and send save-the-dates right to your calendar.

Videos: Check out the latest TV-35 videos of local events, concerts, interviews, sports, business openings and more.

News: Get the latest local news and updates. Access the latest news feeds from local and surrounding news agencies.

Parking: Find the nearest parking and explore everything Woodbridge.

Connect: Connect to other residents and customers through Facebook and Twitter

Links: Access links to web sites like Woodbridge Township, Woodbridge Community Center, Woodbridge School District and Woodbridge arts and events.