Jersey City History
A century ago, tens of thousands of immigrants passed through Ellis Island looking at this new land as the land of opportunity. Many of them settled in Jersey City while others moved onto other parts of the state and country. America provided the freedom and opportunity that they longed for and they provided the rest.
Jersey City was a dock and manufacturing town for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Because of its many opportunities, Jersey City has always been a destination for new immigrants coming to the United States. Before World War II, German, Irish and Italian immigrants easily found work at the many manufacturing companies located here in Jersey City; like Colgate, Chloro and Dixon Ticonderoga, just to name a few. The largest employers at the time were the railroads, whose national networks ended on the Hudson River at Pavonia Terminal, Exchange Place, and Communipaw. The Hudson Tubes opened in 1911, allowing passengers to take the train to Manhattan as an alternative to taking the ferries. This community has always believed that if the opportunity to succeed is provided, hard-working individuals and companies will succeed. -Excerpts taken from Wikipedia and Jersey City Online
Jersey City Today
Today, the United States is still the land of opportunity and Jersey City represents the “Golden Door” to the opportunity. In 1994, 10 major firms relocated to Jersey City, bringing in more than 6,000 jobs. Many of them based their decision to relocate on the successful track record of the 1980s which witnessed a renaissance in Jersey City. Nearly 30 firms moved to or opened offices within the city during the decade, and the skyline not only of the waterfront but downtown as well, was totally transformed from rail yards and warehouses along the Hudson to sleek, modern office towers and developments. Several billion dollars were invested in Jersey City during the 80s and early 90s. This investment renovated not only the appearance and image of Jersey City, but also the city’s infrastructure.
Aside from bridges, highways, public transportation and the usual things thought of as infrastructure, Jersey City’s “information infrastructure” was re-wired with fiber-optic cable and other high-tech devices, making it an ideal location for corporations depending on a solid information link with the rest of the world. Jersey City was the only one of New Jersey’s six largest cities to gain both in population and employment through the recession of the late 80s and early 90s, a time when many other cities throughout the watched all of the economic gains they had made during the 80s disappear.
The city works hard at its goal to become America’s “most livable city” by providing safe, clean streets, reducing property taxes, and improving the range of educational choices. The City is a national model for affordable housing and has developed innovative solutions to help low income families become homeowners. Within Jersey City, there exists a wide range of housing options. Add all of these elements together, the growth, the location, the trends, the opportunity, and you get a dynamic community rapidly stepping up to take its proper place within the fabric of not just the metro area, but of the entire state. Jersey City has a glorious history and an even greater future. Companies that choose to locate here will be catching a rising tide. Jersey City truly is America’s Golden Door, and anyone looking- for opportunity has only but to knock. - Excerpt taken from Jersey City Online – “Let Jersey City Prosper Online” – Copyright © 2007 JCOL. All rights reserved.