Chris Bollwage, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, is serving his fifth term as the city's mayor. Nationally recognized as a leader for economic development, Bollwage's administration has aggressively worked to revitalize Elizabeth and attract people to the city. Since 1993, the current administration has worked to jumpstart $1.5 billion in economic development that has created 7,000 new jobs for Elizabeth.
A catalyst for this success has been the city's award-winning Urban Enterprise Zone program, which offers discounted sales tax. The UEZ program is administered by the Elizabeth Development Company and was named the number one program in the nation by the National Association of State Development Agencies. The UEZ has provided more that $50 million in additional funds for reinvestment includes funding for additional police, elaborate streetscape beautifications and enhanced infrastructure improvements, as well as many other economic development programs designed to help businesses succeed in Elizabeth.
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a major initiative of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which provides education, information and financial incentives for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures. New Jersey has instituted a number of successful initiatives, inclusive of the ENERGY STAR Products Program, that help to reduce the state's peak demand, conserve finite resources and transform the marketplace for the next generation of energy efficient technologies. The city also offers easy-to-follow resources on how to manage stormwater, recycling, and planting new trees in local neighborhoods.