Economic Development

Montgomery Township is located in Somerset County, New Jersey and offers a perfect environment for business. We recognize that maintaining our high quality of life has a direct impact on our local economy. That’s why we strive to make smart zoning and land use planning decisions and maintain our infrastructure.

Montgomery is a great place for business.

  • Unsurpassed Quality of Life
  • Convenient to Major Metro Markets
  • Access to Highly Educated & Skilled Labor
  • 6 Area Colleges & Universities
  • Recreation & Culture


We’re Here to Serve You

A professional staff and economic development commission are here to serve your needs. We work to analyze the economic development of the region and to promote the sound development of the Township.

Free On-line Business Directory
New edition! Montgomery offers fine dining and a variety of local services. Use our local business directory to see what’s in your own backyard.

Other Business Resources

Guide to Operating A Business in Montgomery
Frequently Asked Questions
Permits & Registrations
Profile of the community and Demographics
Sign Ordinance
Township Initiatives


Latest Headlines

Small Business Development Center Available to Assist You
Commercial Retail Properties in Montgomery
New Page on Development Projects
Don’t Miss FunFest in September!

Printed Biz Directory Distributed Yearly to all Households
Shop Local Montgomery
Loop Roads to Relieve Congestion
Montgomery a part of Einstein Alley


Small Business Development Center at RVCC Can Help

Are you thinking about starting your own business or looking to grow your small business? The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at nearby Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offers aspiring and established entrepreneurs the assistance they need to plan and develop successful and profitable ventures. SBDC services include free, confidential, one-on-one counselling and a variety of training courses. For more information, go to:

Commercial Retail Properties in Montgomery

Considering opening a store or restaurant in Montgomery? Check out  these links to Commercial Retail Properties in Montgomery for Availability:

WebPage about Development Projects

Several commercial projects are being constructed or in planning phases in Montgomery. These include the residential and mixed use developments located next to Pike Run; “Montgomery Promenade” by the airport; plus “Village Walk”, new mixed use shops which include a revamp of the existing Village Shopper I & II sections.  There is a page of this Montgomery Township website which provides the public with an overview of these projects at:

Montgomery FUNFEST Every September – Come Join Us!

The Montgomery FunFest on a September Sunday is always a day of fun for everyone; with more than a hundred booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, hot air balloon ride, games of chance, live entertainment, expanded inflatable rides and games area for children. This second annual community festival, held at the Princeton Airport, is free to local residents and visitors from surrounding communities. FunFest is being produced by the Montgomery Business Association (MBA), comprised of your “Shop Local” area businesses, many of whom are local residents.  This yearly event often has over 10,000 attendees!

Montgomery FunFest includes a variety of food vendors, a welcome tent where school groups, local clubs, and dance studio students showcase their talents. Two stages of live music featuring local bands. Attendees will often enjoy games of skill, children’s activities, helicopter rides, and inflatable obstacle courses. Montgomery Business Association members will be selling merchandise and many will be offering free gifts. In addition to fire trucks, planes, and helicopters, there are classic cars on display.

To learn more visit,, and Twitter with the hashtag #MontgomeryFunFest.

EDC’s Annual Printed Business Directory Distributed to All Households & Through Businesses

EDC’s local business directory has returned year after year by popular demand! The Montgomery Economic Development Commission compiled a new edition of the printed business directory each year and distributed it in May/June to all Montgomery households. The EDC designed the directory for maximum benefit of all advertisers. Copies may also be found at the reception area of the Township offices, and at participating businesses including ShopRite.  Over 75 businesses participate each year.  There is a fee to participate to cover the costs of lay-out, printing, mailing, etc.

Please email for further information.  There is also a free on-line business directory for any Montgomery-based business, found on this website.

Beyond the directory, the Economic Development Commission welcomes new members each year. Inquiries are always welcome! The Commission is also working on a new project to further educate and benefit our local business community. If you are interested in learning more about the EDC please contact EDC Chairperson: Arun Mani at 908 874-3134 or

Montgomery Business Association and “Shop Local”

Focus on Promotion and Retention

Local business owners looking for an economical way to promote and enhance their business may wish to consider joining the Montgomery Business Association (“MBA”) and benefit from the group’s expertise in marketing, promoting and advocating for small businesses. Beginning with a “Shop Local” campaign, the MBA is currently planning events and promotions for its members.  They will once again conduct a business expo at the Montgomery Earth Day Fair. They are also helping non-profit businesses in Montgomery by helping to organize and bring back the Montgomery Rodeo fundraiser this year. You may see their Shop Local posters and flyers around town at MBA member businesses.  To take advantage of this opportunity visit

The Township’s “Sustainable Montgomery” group suggested a “Shop Local” campaign to help reduce greenhouse gases with shorter car trips and build a stronger sense of community in Montgomery.  The Township Committee and the Economic Development Commission hopes that the campaign will keep more money circulating in the local economy and support local business.

For further information visit their website at or email Contact information for all Board Members may be found on Shop Local website.

New Loop Roads to Relieve Congestion on Route 206; Multi-Year Township Plan Moving Ahead


New loop roads (see plan) are in the works for the intersection of Rt. 206 and County Rt. 518 near Rocky Hill.  These improvements are related to nearby redevelopment of the Village Shopper I & II, known as Village Walk, which has already broken ground.

Two loop roads are already providing traffic relief along Route 206 at the Princeton border. They are part of a multi-year plan by the Township to relieve congestion at the main intersections of Route 206 along the commercial corridor between Route 518 and Cherry Valley Road. The Township secured State grants to offset construction costs and also partnered with Princeton Township on one of the roads. The Township has taken a regional planning approach to traffic relief.

Montgomery Recognized As Part of Einstein’s Alley

Route 206 at Orchard Rd. boasts an Einstein’s Alley sign recognizing the high tech accomplishments and promising future of corporations based in Montgomery. Katherine Kish of Einstein’s Alley commented on the unique benefits enjoyed by corporations located in Montgomery.

“Montgomery has so much to offer – ready access to one of the best-educated workforces in the U.S., for one,” Mrs. Kish stated. “Plus proximity to ports, airports, railways, two of the largest U.S. cities and some of the top universities in the country,” she added.

Montgomery Township is home to many notable corporate leaders. The corporate offices at 23 Orchard Rd., where the sign is located, contain  remodeled offices now occupied by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products among others. Bloomberg LLC is located nearby on Rt. 518 and Opossum Road.

Einstein’s Alley is a private, non-profit economic development initiative which works to see Central New Jersey recognized as the destination for technology companies. Their mission is to foster economic growth through advocacy and delivery of services that will:

  • Attract and retain innovative research based companies
  • Build entrepreneurship
  • Prepare the workforce for the future
  • Promote livable communities and sustainable development

Are you New to the Neighborhood?

Welcoming New Business to Montgomery Township!  If you would like to hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting with the Mayor and the EDC Chair, please email Lori Savron, PP, AICP, Planning Director at

Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission was created to analyze the economic development of the region and to promote the sound development of the Township. Furthermore, the EDC is charged with mobilizing the potential resources of the Township for efficient, commercial, office and economic development uses. They are to conduct a thorough study of the basic economic advantages of the Township and promote the same so that a program for managed and selected growth of clean and environmentally desirable ratables may be realized.

The Commission typically meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.  First check the Township’s monthly meetings calendar.

Key Municipal Personnel

A professional staff is here to serve you. Please feel free to contact staff members directly should you need assistance or guidance.

Township Administrator
Donato Nieman

Donato has been managing the Township since 1999. As Township Administrator he works closely with the Township Committee and has an open door policy to every resident and business owner in the Township. His 35 years of public sector management experience in central NJ has provided him with a vast knowledge of the economic and demographic make-up of the community, as well as the regional economic market and climate.

Memberships: International City and County Managers Association (ICCMA)
New Jersey Municipal Managers Association (NJMMA)
Somerset County Municipal Managers Association, Past President (SCMMA)
Education: Master Public Administration from Rutgers University

To contact Donato please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2214 or email


Planning Director
Lori Savron, PP, AICP

Lori has been working for the Township since 1999. As Planning Director she works closely with local businesses on matters related to planning, zoning and build-out of their property. She oversees the implementation of the master plan, and works closely with the Township Engineer on sewer connections and traffic circulation issues.

Membership: American Planning Association (APA)
New Jersey American Planning Association (NJ-APA)
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
License: New Jersey Professional Planner
Education: Master in Planning from University of Virginia

To contact Lori please call 908-533-9293 or email


Zoning Officer
Joe Palmer

Joe has been working for the Township since 2004. As zoning officer he serves as the point-person for businesses regarding land use, signs, zoning and other requirements. He is available to answer questions regarding permitting, change of use/occupancy, tenant fit-outs, and whether environmentally sensitive areas may impact your property.

Education: Master in Public Administration from Kean University

To contact Joe please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2283 or email


Township Engineer
Gail Smith, PE, CME

Gail has been working for the Township since 1996, serving as Township Engineer since 2004. As Township Engineer she oversees construction of site improvements and municipal capital improvement projects (roads, sewers, etc). She is available to answer any questions regarding the sewer service areas and sewer connections, traffic relief plans and transportation matters for local, Somerset County and State projects, road and bridge projects, and stormwater management.

Licenses: Professional Engineer (PE)
Certified Municipal Engineer (CME)
Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM)
Memberships: NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
NJ Association for Floodplain Management
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, New England College

To contact Gail please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2294  or email


Construction Official
Roy Mondi

Roy has been working for the Township since 1985. As Construction Official he oversees local permitting of all construction projects and manages the plumbing, electrical and building subcode officials. Montgomery is a Class I Agency. He is available to answer questions regarding the Uniform Construction Code and questions regarding building permits. The Township’s Technical Assistant to the Construction Official, Alicia Herold, is also available to assist you with all of your permitting needs.

Licenses: Construction Official, Construction Code Official,
Building Subcode & Fire Subcode
Building Technical – Highrise & Hazard Structures
Fire Technical – Highrise & Hazard Structures
Mechanical Technical – Highrise & Hazard Structures

To contact Roy please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2235 or email


Fire Marshall
Roy Mondi

Roy has been working for the Township since 1985. As fire marshall he is in charge of the fire prevention bureau, fire inspections, permit applications, smoke detector certifications for resale of residential properties, public education and fire investigation. He is available to answer your questions regarding required inspections, location of hydrants, open burning complaints and fire code violations.

Education: Associate in Fire Science, Middlesex County College
Licenses: Fire Marshall, Fire Subcode Official, ICS Fire &
Highride & Hazard Structures (Fire)
Memberships: National Fire Prevention Association
Somerset County Fire Marshalls Association
International Fire Society Association
International Fire Society of Fire Instructors
NJ Arson Association

To contact Roy please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2237 or email

Health Officer
Stephanie Carey

Stephanie has been working for the Township since 2004. As Health Officer she is responsible for assuring the health of the community and environment. She oversees individual waster water disposal (i.e. septic systems), food safety, drinking water safety, disease vectors, communicable disease, and health education. She is available to answer questions regarding septic installation and maintenance, retail food sales, public swimming pools and flu clinic.

Education: Master in Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Specialist in Environmental and Occupational Health
Memberships: NJ Health Officers Association
Somerset County Health Officers Association
NJ Environmental Health Association

To contact Stephanie please call 908-359-8211 ext. 2245 or email