TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy used today’s New Jersey Opportunity Zone Summit to demonstrate the State’s preparedness for attracting investment to the 169 Opportunity Zones in 75 municipalities spread across New Jersey's 21 counties.
“Attracting investment to areas of the state that have been overlooked or perceived by investors as overly risky is key to achieving our goals for a stronger and fairer economy,” said Governor Murphy. “We are working together across state government to help Opportunity Zone communities put their best foot forward as they compete for investment dollars on a national scale.”
The New Jersey Opportunity Zone Summit, hosted by Choose New Jersey, featured a discussion between Governor Murphy and Anthony Foxx, Chief Policy Officer, Lyft, and former United States Secretary of Transportation. The discussion was facilitated by Choose New Jersey Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jose Lozano.
Governor Murphy and Secretary Foxx discussed how the Opportunity Zone program will help to raise the profile of urban areas that have experienced long-term disinvestment. Foxx highlighted Lyft’s commitment to equitable mobility in New Jersey, particularly in areas underserved by existing traditional transit options. Foxx spoke to Lyft’s focus on forging public-private partnerships, growing the Lyft driver community, and the company’s plans to open a driver Hub in Jersey City later this year.
“Transportation is critical to economic opportunity and at Lyft, we are committed to providing rides to those who need them most,” said Foxx. “Not only is it imperative that we help people move around the state affordably and reliably, but we want to invest in New Jersey through growing our driver community and supporting local businesses. I commend Governor Murphy on not only highlighting this important initiative, but on investing in projects that will make a difference in Opportunity Zones across the state.”