Sponsored by Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), and Assembly members Gary Schaer (D-36) and Pamela Lampitt (D-6), the new law provides base and job-creation tax credits for a business partnering with a higher education institution located within three miles of each other.
The new law also creates new bonus tax credits to be distributed according to guidelines developed by the NJ Economic Development Authority. The tax credits would come from the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.
“This will help create technology clusters to spur economic growth, innovation and discoveries,” Musick said. “The higher education institutions will also benefit from having access to private sector companies that will provide both educational and employment opportunities to students and graduates.”
NJBIA has advocated for such collaboration as a necessity if New Jersey is to reclaim its place among the top states for innovation. The association is a founding member of Innovation NJ and has proposed a comprehensive report on rebuilding the state’s innovation ecosystem.
“Many of the nation’s most dynamic regional economies are situated around public research universities and other public and private colleges,” Musick said.
“It is the creative atmosphere of the college or university campus — the faculty, the students and the other companies located in the area — which together boosts economic growth.”