The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy provides support for the New Jersey Urban Mayors’ Association (NJUMA) on a wide range of issues, including providing critical insights and essential analysis of policies, issues and opportunities facing New Jersey’s cities and urban municipalities.
Established in 1991, the NJUMA has been dedicated to working with state and federal lawmakers and officials to develop appropriate and effective public policy measures that benefit the state's urban centers and to help lawmakers understand how public policy affects New Jersey's cities and municipalities.
By conducting surveys, analyzing legislation and regulations, sponsoring conferences and coordinating other policy initiatives, The Institute has helped urban mayors become more proactive in their participation in public policy.
The Institute developed urban-focused Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for North-Central New Jersey, which received U.S. Commerce Department, Economic Development Association (federal EDA) approval and funding designation as a CEDS in 2016.
Watch the New Jersey Urban Mayors discuss the value of The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy in their endeavors.