New businesses in this area include T-Mobile and Dunkin Donuts, as well as a wing restaurant and financial institution.
Councilman Vince Williams said this is great time for the city.
“Certainly, everyone has to realize that businesses are a huge piece of the fabric in any community,” he said. “They are job creators and there to make a profit but they are also there to be a part of the community family as a whole.”
Williams said they are most excited about the Dunkin Donuts location, which is a “twofer” selling coffee, assorted donuts, pastries and sandwiches, as well as Baskin Robbins ice cream products.
“Dunkin Donuts is a mainstay in many communities,” he said. “[Its presence in Union City] will assist in driving other locations for businesses.”
One of Williams’ focuses, along with the economic development department as a whole, is fostering the creation of more small businesses in the city.
“We are going to embark on opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurship in the future,” he said. “There are folks that are in the city right now that have a desire to embark on their entrepreneurial ideas and ideals.”
Workforce development is another priority for the city.
“We all know what is going on with our school system,” he said. “It is not necessarily our students. We have to make sure that we are doing the things we should as leaders to make sure our educators are treated fairly as far as pay.”
Adequate pay for educators, in a sense, said Williams, has an impact on more things than most think.
“When we don’t [make sure our educators are treated fairly pay wise], we weaken the pay and we don’t get the best teachers and programs,” he said.
The best teachers and programs in a community, said Williams, is one thing that businesses considering moving to Union City pay careful attention to.
“It will be hard to drive certain types of businesses without an educated and trained workforce,” Williams said.
Thinking globally is one thing the city will look towards tapping into in the future.
“We have to think globally, as well as partner with small businesses and celebrate them,” he said.