Short survey will inform Regional Economic Sustainability Plan

CHESTER, N.J. —As part of an effort to assist economic recovery and growth in the Region, the New Jersey Highlands Council is seeking direct input from businesses in Northern New Jersey to help inform development of an Economic Sustainability Plan for the Highlands Region. Business owners are asked to complete a short survey of 13 questions that should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is available here

The Highlands region includes 88 municipalities in parts of Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, Passaic, Somerset, and Bergen counties. A complete list of Highlands Municipalities is available below and on the Plan Conformance Status page of the Highlands Council website.

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The survey seeks to better understand opportunities and barriers to economic growth across the region. Information collected will be used to shape solutions that address challenges, and map next steps for coordinating with state, county, and municipal governments to support the long-term economic health of the NJ Highlands. Survey results will only be aggregated, and individual responses will be kept confidential.

Highlands Region Economic Sustainability Plan Background
The Highlands Region Economic Sustainability Plan will result in a comprehensive plan that includes an economic analysis and profile of the Highlands Region along with recommendations for strategies and policies to guide economic growth in the region. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, the project will focus sharply on considerations related to the pandemic and its impacts on Highlands economies. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Survey Link

Highlands Region Municipalities By County

Mahwah Township, Oakland Borough

Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Bloomsbury Borough, Califon Borough, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Holland Township, Lebanon Borough, Lebanon Township, Milford Borough, Tewksbury Township, Union Township,

Boonton Town, Boonton Township, Butler Borough, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville Township, Dover Town, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Montville Township, Morris Plains Borough, Morris Township, Morristown Town, Mountain Lakes, Mount Arlington Borough, Mount Olive Township, Netcong Borough, Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp., Pequannock Township, Randolph Township, Riverdale, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury Township, Victory Gardens Borough, Washington Township, Wharton Borough

Bloomingdale Borough, Pompton Lakes Borough, Ringwood Borough, Wanaque Borough, West Milford Township

Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Far Hills Borough, Peapack Gladstone Borough

Byram Township, Franklin Borough, Green Township, Hamburg Borough, Hardyston Township, Hopatcong Borough, Ogdensburg Borough, Sparta Township, Stanhope Borough, Vernon Township

Allamuchy Township, Alpha Borough, Belvidere Town, Franklin Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Greenwich Township, Hackettstown Town, Harmony Township, Hope Township, Independence Township, Liberty Township, Lopatcong Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford Township, Phillipsburg Town, Pohatcong Township, Washington Borough, Washington Township, White Township

The Highlands Council is a regional planning agency, established in 2004 with the passage of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act and charged with implementation of the Act. More information is available at

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