Municipal Assistance Program (MAP)
The MAP is designed to help NJBIA members navigate an often challenging regulatory environment at the local level, including permitting, zoning and traffic-related issues. This benefit is a service of our Member Action Center (MAC), which provides members with business and legal consulting services at no charge. We can:
- Assist members in reaching a common ground and understanding with municipal officials in resolving important business issues.
- Provide guidance on local procurement processes, regulations and rules.
- Provide suggestions on expanding in the local government marketplace.
This service is available to all NJBIA members, from the sole proprietor to the Fortune 500 company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does the service cost?
A: The MAP is part of NJBIA’s successful Member Action Center (MAC), which provides members with business and legal consulting services at no charge.
Q: How can I engage the MAP?
A: NJBIA member companies may call 1-800-499-4419, ext. 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What kinds of issues can the MAP help member companies with?
A: The MAP can help members navigate an often challenging regulatory environment at the local level, including permitting, planning and zoning, procurement, and advice generally on the overall operations of local government and their impact on the business community?
Q: Who runs the MAP?
A: Bill Dressel, former Executive Director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities serves as a consultant and lead for the MAP. Bill has over 40 years of experience in working on the broad spectrum of local government topics and he can help members reach a common ground and understanding with municipal officials in resolving important business issues.
Q: Does the MAP offer legal advice?
A: No. Our consultant can direct you to applicable state and or federal statutes but any legal advice should be directed to our legal consultants which you can contact through our MAC.
Q: What makes doing business with New Jersey local government unique?
A: Pursuant to our State Constitution every inch of New Jersey is incorporated into a governmental entity and there are 565 municipalities, each with their own rules and regulations. Additionally there are 21 county governments and nearly 600 school districts which also have their own set of procedures and jurisdictional control. The MAP can help you understand these intergovernmental relationships.
Q: Since the inception of the MAP can you give some examples of the kinds of services your consultant offered members?
A: Yes. The advice involved a broad spectrum of issues which includes:
- Advice on understanding the role of local government in issuance of permits and regulations by providing some guidance on how to maneuver this process;
- Educating members on operations of local government and direct them to the appropriate official/agency who can assist them;
- Recommending best practices and protocols businesses can use to develop meaningful relationships designed to improve communications with their community partners;
- Acquainting members with the various rules and regulations governing local elected and appointed officials like the local government ethics law, open public records act, local public contracts law, conflicts of interest and the Administrative Code; and,
- Assisting in developing strategies to expand presence in local government marketplace.
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