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Press Release
March 22, 2024
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NJEDA Unveils First Annual New Jersey Global Economic Index


Report aims to guide and further develop the state’s international business relationships

TRENTON, N.J. (March 22, 2024) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today presented the inaugural New Jersey Global Economic Index, a report that highlights, ranks, and analyzes the sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) into New Jersey. The report, which will be released annually, aims to guide and further develop international business relationships with the state, while bolstering Governor Murphy’s global economic development goals.

“During my administration, New Jersey has developed strong ties with key international partners, from Ireland to East Asia,” said Governor Murphy. “The findings in this report will provide guidance and assist New Jersey companies, agencies, and organizations in developing relationships abroad, which in turn will create jobs, strengthen the economy, and provide new opportunities for New Jersey residents and communities.”

The Global Economic Index indicates that New Jersey, regionally, has the strongest economic relationships with Europe, the Asia Pacific region, and North America. While Europe had the highest number of countries listed as top performers, research found that India ranked first as a global partner with New Jersey, followed by the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany. The report notes that the United Arab Emirates and Israel also hold a high rank as global partners. Additionally, the Asia-Pacific region is also as an area of opportunity for New Jersey, including South Korea and Japan, which ranked seventh and eighth as global partners, respectively.

“The NJEDA is committed to supporting Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger, more diverse economy, and the findings in the New Jersey Global Economic Index show the progress we have made fostering international relationships, attracting and quantifying FDI, and maximizing opportunities abroad,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This report will inform us as we move forward with our goal of creating more jobs, increasing our visibility in foreign markets, and acting as a global economic leader.”

During his time in office, Governor Murphy, along with the NJEDA and Choose New Jersey, has embarked on economic mission trips to India, Ireland, Israel, and Germany. As a result, Choose New Jersey has opened offices in those countries to foster ties between the Garden State and critical foreign partners. Last October, Governor Murphy, NJEDA, and Choose New Jersey traveled to East Asia, making stops in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. While in Taiwan, Governor Murphy announced Choose New Jersey will open its fifth foreign office in Taipei City.

“This report will aid us in our efforts moving forward, as it is a reflection of the work we’ve accomplished, and an indicator of the work we still need to do,” said Wesley Mathews, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey. “I am proud to have worked alongside the NJEDA to meet Governor Murphy’s mission to make New Jersey a business leader on the international stage. I look forward to continuing important conversations abroad, so that New Jersey can remain a top destination for work and travel alike.”

“This report demonstrates a new way of thinking about and analyzing our economic relations,” said NJEDA Director of International Innovation and Partnerships Andrew Gross. “By indexing the State’s sources of global investment, we are able to gain a deeper understanding of New Jersey’s relationships abroad, while encouraging development in regions where we aren’t seeing as much economic activity.”

Developed by the NJEDA Office of International Innovation and Partnerships, with support from the Chief Economist’s Office, the 2024 New Jersey Global Economic Index launched at an event today hosted in the NJEDA’s Newark office for international diplomats and economic promotion organizations.

The full report can be found online here.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.gov and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn

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