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Tue
24
May

New Jersey Data Book Expands Government Information Database

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Rutgers Center for Government Services reports historical voter data in run-up to presidential election primary and general elections

            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers Center for Government Services, a unit of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, has expanded its New Jersey Data Book by adding new categories and years of public information about the state – all of it available as an online database free to the general public.

            The New Jersey Data Book (NJDatabook.rutgers.edu), published in print for 40 years, now is the most comprehensive online source of official, current statistics and information about the nation’s 11th-most populous state.

Mon
27
Jan

Unemployment, Food Stamp Usage, Crime Statistics Among New Indicators in Latest New Jersey Data Book

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NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey’s unemployment rate may have hovered around an uncomfortable 9.5 percent in 2012, but many municipalities across the state – even in affluent Morris County –were reeling more harshly with double digit jobless figures, according to the latest edition of the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, published this month by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

These figures, along with new data on preschool population, food assistance (SNAP), and crime in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, help to paint a more detailed picture of the state, its residents, and the economy, according to CGS Director Alan Zalkind.

Wed
15
Jan

New Rutgers Research Looks at Unequal Property Tax Burdens, Multiple Causes

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Ouch! Property Tax Bite Hurts More in Some Towns, but not for Reasons Most Often Cited

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – With New Jersey’s property taxes frequently cited as among the highest in the nation, their unequal burden on the state’s municipalities and residents is a topic of continual debate at town meetings and in the media.

But new research issued by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS) finds that two of the most oft-cited causes – high levels of municipal and school spending – are rarely responsible for the excessive property tax burdens in the state’s most burdened municipalities.

Rather, says the researcher, Dr. Ernest Reock Jr., it’s much more complicated than that.

Thu
06
Jun

Spend Your Summer with CGS!

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The Center for Government Services (CGS) has been providing timely and relevant training for New Jersey state and local officials for over 60 years. This summer CGS is offering extended learning opportunities and mainstay programs for state and municipal employees.

New this summer is the Mini-Conference for Assessors. This two-day event is offered three times during the month of June in New Brunswick and Hammonton. Topics include Commissioners Short Course, Retaining and Recapturing Value, and Compliance Plans, to name a few.

Fri
19
Apr

Checklist That Helps Towns Prepare for ‘Sandy-style’ Calamity Issued by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Last December, 30 municipal managers, many from towns battered by Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor’ Easter, gathered in New Brunswick to share experiences and lessons learned from dealing with two of the most devastating natural disasters in New Jersey history.

In that forum, sponsored by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), participants candidly discussed their towns’ responses to the myriad and colossal problems and issues created by these historic storms and their aftermath.

The peer-group discussions and recommendations from that day were collected and distilled in a new pamphlet published this month by CGS for state and municipal leaders. Entitled, “Lessons Learned: Reflecting Upon Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor-Easter,” the publication provides a detailed checklist for preparing for, dealing with, and recovering from future “Sandy-style” disasters.

Tue
19
Mar

2012 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book Available for Order

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Which New Jersey legislative district has the highest personal income per taxpayer? Which county has the largest percentage of college graduates? What are the most prevalent national ancestries in Perth Amboy? (answers at end)

These and thousands of other statistics about the state’s legislative districts, counties, and municipalities can be found in the 37th edition of the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book being published this month by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

The 230-page, spiral bound publication, also available on CD-ROM, has served as a resource for legislators, local governments, citizens and the media since it was first published in the 1970s.

Sun
28
Oct

County Government Professionals Earn Certificates in New Rutgers Program

Thirty-three county government administrators and managers from 12 New Jersey counties comprised the first cohort to earn certificates this month in a new professional development program launched by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

The program is offered in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), and consists of two days of classes caught by experienced government professionals. Sessions focus on public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

The certificates were presented by Alan Zalkind, director of CGS, and John Donnadio, executive director of NJAC, at CGS’ headquarters in New Brunswick.

Participants in the first cohort represented a variety of administrative areas in county governments throughout New Jersey, and included county administrators and deputy administrators, treasurers, purchasing agents, comptrollers, business administrators and human resources administrators, as well as individuals in public works, and public health and safety.

Fri
31
Aug

Rutgers to Offer New Certificate Program for County Administrators, Professional Staff

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), is launching a new certificate program for county government administrators and professional staff designed to enhance their operational knowledge in key areas of responsibility.

The two-day program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Fridays, October 12 and 19, at CGS’ headquarters at 303 George St.

Taught by experienced professionals, sessions will focus on four areas: public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

Mon
13
Aug

Center for Government Services Rolls Out its Fall Courses

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Center for Government Services courses are in high demand and the next round of courses are scheduled for the fall. Courses – ranging from Financial Management to Public Works - are taught by state and local government professionals and other experts who share their expertise and insights with course participants. Most classes are run throughout the state on an open-enrollment basis. However, on-site programs can be developed for individual local governments upon request.

To view the schedule, visit http://cgs.rutgers.edu/programs

Tue
28
Feb

An Award-Winning Year for Rutgers’ iTV Studio

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Rutgers’ iTV Studio, the fee-for-service video production unit of the Division of Continuing Studies and the university’s only professional broadcast facility, recently earned four DV Awards. This esteemed international digital video production competition recognizes outstanding creative and technical achievements.

 

iTV Studio was recognized in the 2011 DV Awards competition for:

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