EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Improvement Authority serves as a catalyst for the
development of important projects that are making the
quality of life better for all residents in Union
With the support of the Union County
Freeholder Board and our Improvement Authority
Commissioners, the UCIA works to provide low-cost
financing and assistance for high quality projects and
institutions that will last for generations to come.
These low rates, which are made possible through the
County’s outstanding bond ratings, assure that important
projects can be undertaken without increasing taxes. The
UCIA has also financed road improvements, parking
facilities, business relocation, the
purchase of police
and fire vehicles and other items.
People living in many of Union County’s 21 municipalities
come in contact with our projects on a daily basis.
For example, this past year, the UCIA worked to finance and
construct the five-story Elizabeth I. Kellogg Union County
College building in midtown Elizabeth. The $48.6 million
building, developed by the Union County Improvement
Authority, houses degree
programs, continuing education
offerings, a lecture hall, a state of the art information
commons and library, and serves as the new home for the
Trinitas School of Nursing.
In Linden, Firehouse #1 is built and serving the families of
the city, while our Linden Library project was completed at
the end of 2010. Firehouse # 3 will be complete and
operational in early 2011.
The UCIA’s renewable
energy project is underway and will allow Union County
municipalities, school boards and divisions of county
government to benefit from the installation of
state-of-the-art solar energy equipment on their facilities
without incurring any costs.
This infusion of
renewable energy will reduce the cost of power presently
being used at each location while at the same time providing
local governments with budgetary certainty for at least a
portion of the energy costs.
I take great pride in
the work we do. I look forward to working with our
Freeholders and commissioners in building projects that are
keeping Union County a great place to live and work.