Business Council

The Cherry Hill Business Council is a volunteer committee composed of leaders from a diverse cross-section of Cherry Hill businesses who work collaboratively with the Mayor and senior staff to identify areas of concern for local businesses, develop solutions, and discuss new initiatives for the Township. The Business Council serves as an incubator and forum for business leaders to share their opinions, concerns, and suggestions about how the Township can provide better support and assistance, and encourage continued economic growth.

Minutes February 7, 2018

Mayor Cahn welcomed everyone and introduced Joe Devine, President, New Jersey Division, and Executive Vice President of Hospital & Health Services at Jefferson Health 

Joe Devine graciously welcomed everyone. He spoke of the history of the hospital, the recent transformation and the merging of Kennedy with Jefferson Health. He affirmed the importance of businesses to the success of a community. He emphasized that the hospital has always and will continue to focus on the Cherry Hill community. One program he is particularly proud of is Project SEARCH, a nationally acclaimed employment program for students with autism and related disabilities at Y.A.L.E. School which was launched In September 2016. This initiative brings together the community, educators, parents, and local business leaders.

Lisa Dutterer, CAO at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, shared brief remarks to the group about the services available in the new buildings, which opened in July 2017 and plans for Phase II of the hospital.

Mayor Cahn gave a slide presentation about what is happening in Cherry Hill including:

  • Money magazine awarding Cherry Hill as the #26 best place to live in the United States siting our stable taxes and home values, strong schools, police & fire, our amenities, center for employment & thriving retail and proximity to major cities & transit
  • CHIP (Cherry Hill Information Portal) – services available to residents and businesses
  • Fiscal Responsibility – No tax increase for six years, ratable increase over $194 million in last four years, regional destination, AA1 Moody Bond Rating
  • Community Investment – revitalizing blighted properties, large scale road & infrastructure upgrades, increase in police technology & manpower, recreational & cultural facilities upgrades, school facilities upgrades and preservation of open space

Natalie Barney, Community Development Supervisor spoke about the Master Plan and what it looks at

  • The Master Plan is a  guiding document for all physical, economic and social development in the municipality including
    • Land Use
    • Circulation
    • Economic Development
    • Conservation
    • Housing
    • Open Space & Recreation
    • Historic Preservation
    • Goals & Objectives
    • Existing Conditions – demographics, maxed out population, aging population, technology jobs are producing smaller items and need a small footprint, office parks are changing, growing retail which is against the national trend, improve public transit
    • Market Analysis
      • Economic Structure
      • Commercial Corridors
      • Tax Base Trends
      • State & Regional Trends
      • Millennials & the Economy
      • Land Use & Zoning Implications

Lorissa Luciani, Community Development Supervisor

  • South Jersey’s Healthcare Highway
    • Jefferson Hospital
    • Penn Medicine
    • Cooper University Health Care
    • Lourdes
    • South Jersey Radiology
    • Virtua Express Urgent Care
    • Symphony - a dedicated Memory Support community
    • Nemours Children’s Health System
    • New Commercial & Retail
      • Audi
      • FirstWatch  
      • The Farmhouse
      • Bury the Hatchet
      • Zara
      • Mod Pizza
      • Amazing Escape Room
      • Chick-fil-A
      • At Home
      • Republic Bank
      • Tesla
      • Cherry Hill Jaguar
      • Lidl
      • Panda Express
      • Primrose School
      • WoodSpring Suites
      • Urban Edge Properties
      • Home Goods & TJ Maxx
      • Costco
      • Duluth Trading Co
      • Cherry Hill’s Gateway – focus on sites for higher & better use
        • Subaru
        • Lee Stone Properties
        • Residential & Redevelopment Projects – using previously developed land for a higher and better use while preserving open space
          • Jewish Federation of SJ - Pennrose Bricks & Mortar/ Heart & Soul – former Bethel Baptist Church School
          • Advanced Recovery – 90 bed inpatient treatment center at the former site of  Baker Lanes on Cuthbert
          • Evans Mill Apartments – former Lumberyard site
          • Park Boulevard – redevelopment site
          • Hampton Road – redevelopment site

Opened up the floor to Q & A