What's on Your Mind Metuchen?

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Thinker.jpgJust like last week, Metuchen Matters is going to open the doors and let the readers have their say.  This is the place to let everyone know what's on your mind.  You can sign up for an account or post anonymously if you wish.

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We live near downtown and our kids trick or treat there. It's great for right after school when many people aren't home from work yet.

The Chamber of Commerce in Westfield does a trick or treating event every year. It usually takes place the weekend right before. It's a great event because it gets people into stores that they might not have gone in otherwise. Plus everybody ends up eating downtown.

"The Chamber of Commerce holds no authority as to whether a business is allowed to open here or not."

But is there any type of guidance for potential businesses as to what might work in our downtown? I know a few years ago Highland Park conducted a study of the type of business the residents wanted. It lead to the opening of a specialty toy store that has been there for a few years. I thought that study was by their Chamber, maybe it was their Development Commission.

Promoting Metuchen to businesses would seem to be the responsibility of the Development Commission, which, surprisingly, was established durig the Marshall administration.


ARTICLE 6, Development Commission [Adopted 2-22-1994 by Ord. No. 94-3]

§ 10-27. Scope of responsibilities.

The Commission shall have the following powers and responsibilities:

B.To cooperate with all other agencies within and without the Borough of Metuchen, both public and private, in the encouragement of any and all existing commercial facilities already established in the borough and to create a climate in the borough that will attract other enterprises and stimulate further development throughout the community.

D.To make an annual report of its activities and recommendations to the Borough Council and at such other times as the Borough Council shall request or the Commission deems desirable.

Thanks for the information John. I always thought the Chamber also promoted Metuchen as a place to open a business.

I am John Jeney, the current President of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for your question as to whether the Chamber does anything to "help bring in the right kinds of businesses."

The Chamber of Commerce holds no authority as to whether a business is allowed to open here or not. We help promote the businesses that are here through the various events we run, materials published, press releases, TV coverage, etc.

We have expressed to the Mayor and Town Council our concerns over certain matters that we feel have hindered businesses in general from considering Metuchen as a potential location for their business.

While I have this forum open, the Winter Festival parade and Memorial Day parade, the Metuchen Country Fair and Spring Street Fair, the Cruise Nights, the Junebug Artfest (with Cultural Arts), the Christmas Tree lighting, the Martin Luther King breakfast (with the YMCA), the two Townwide Garage Sales, New Years Eve fireworks, are some of the events that we do organize, advertise, and run… without receiving money from the Borough. We do receive manpower in terms of the great people at DPW, the Police Department, and the Fire Department though.

We've sent your comment to the Chamber. Will share the response. Thanks.

The Chamber has its own website. Maybe you should ask them directly. They're the first link on the right.

Thanks for the parade information!

The "Question of the Week" was interesting. Does the Chamber of Commerce do anything to help bring in the right kinds of businesses?

Sunday, November 30th at 2 pm. We're currently working on a calendar of events page and hope to have it up very shortly. Thanks!

What day is the Winter Parade?

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