Cooper's Ferry Partnership is facilitating the revival of the City of Camden creating an environment where people choose to live, work, and invest. We develop visionary, long-range plans for the redevelopment of Camden's waterfronts and work with private sector, government and community partners to make these plans a reality.

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Cooper's Ferry Partnership is facilitating the revival of the City of Camden by creating an environment where people choose to live, work, and invest. We develop visionary, long-range plans for the redevelopment of Camden’s waterfronts and work with private sector, government and community partners to make these plans a reality.

 

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The Cooper’s Ferry Partnership Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Kris Kolluri President and CEO of the organization.
 
Former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Kolluri has served as CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors since 2014.
 
“Kris Kolluri is a proven leader with a commitment to Camden and expertise in economic and neighborhood development,” said Susan Bass Levin, Co-chair of the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership Board of Trustees. “With his background, he will be able to build on Camden’s progress as the city continues to rise.”
 

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

While cooler temperatures are upon us, Camden officials continue to focus on the renovation and investment in Camden's parks. 
Investment in parks and recreation is vital to improving the quality of life of any community and Camden is no different. Perhaps one of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership’s (CFP) most essential missions, the agency works to offer recreation programs and create green spaces that strengthen and connect neighborhoods and enhance the economic and environmental well-being of the city.
 
Recognizing the value of green space, Cooper’s Ferry, the City of Camden and Camden County recently invested over $15 million in the transformation of former industrial sites to parkland and expanded Camden’s current park system. What it means for residents and the region are beautiful new parks, recreation opportunities and an increased sense of community pride.

 

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Waterfront Ventures is part of a significant push to create opportunities that will continue to build on the momentum created by larger developments in the city. Partnering with Cooper’s Ferry, the city, and private sector businesses, the organization is embracing the city’s potential as a viable tech hub. They aspire to bring 100+ tech companies to Camden as part of an initiative to transform the city into a tech destination on the East coast.
 
Recently, the group sponsored Camden Catalyst, a startup pitch competition created to help new businesses stage their headquarters and future successes in Camden. The competition aimed to attract innovators from both sides of the bridge to come up with an idea, pitch it, and build their successful company in the city limits. The winner received $25,000 plus perks and support from Waterfront Ventures.
 

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

On October 25th the Salvation Army hosted its 3rd annual Expect Change Luncheon honoring the commitment and service of key changemakers celebrating their efforts to give back to Camden.  

The Salvation Army recognized both individuals and organizations including Campbell Soup Company, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson, Frank Robertson, and Majors Paul and Alma Cain of The Salvation Army. The keynote speaker was Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil. Under O’Neil’s leadership, the 76ers partners with The Salvation Army Kroc Center on several events and initiatives, most notably the annual 76ers​/Virtua 3-day clinic that provides an amazing experience and an array of free gear for 1,000 children in the city.

 

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

There’s a new free job training/education program for Camden residents. The Cooper Health Careers Initiative (CHCI) offers the program for those looking for employment in medical coding. Training is available for high school graduates, those with GEDs, as well as those working toward one. The program is also open to current high school seniors at Camden County Technical Schools. The CHCI aims to create a seamless transition from training to a rewarding career in health care.
 
This initiative is part of Camden’s strategy to continue to transform the downtown area into an “Eds and Meds” corridor and bring jobs to the city. A Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors report found that of the 30,000 jobs in Camden, 40 percent come from education and medical institutions. County and state officials, hospital and college administrators came together to enact the program that is offering young people a chance to be trained and work in the city.
 

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Rutgers School of Nursing in the heart of Camden is a campus where students will benefit from the best of both worlds.  The close-knit campus allows for individualized support and competitive tuition that reduces costs for New Jersey residents. At the same time, it is a place that offers a world-class academic experience for those who are looking to begin or further their nursing career. Rutgers Camden’s unique vision is a reflection of the core belief that access to healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Believing that one’s zip code should not determine the quality of health, the school’s commitment to social justice informs Rutgers University-Camden’s strategic direction, in line with the university’s commitment to civic engagement. This vision achieved a new level this past September when the new 107,000 square-feet Nursing and Science Building opened at 5th & Federal Streets.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on September 29th with university leaders, elected officials and student leaders in attendance. “This is a transformative moment for Camden,” Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon told more than 200 guests in attendance. “This building represents Rutgers’ first bold step in forging an ‘Eds and Meds’ corridor that moves us closer toward our vision of a city where innovation in healthcare and bioscience commands the imagination of the world.”

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Creativity is key in imagining a better Camden. It’s a holistic approach, and an integral part of building on the best the city offers in the pursuit of a safer Camden. Policing in a city historically plagued with crime and drug activity poses many challenges. After years of a vicious cycle of crime and incarceration in cities across America, many in our communities have viewed the police as an occupying force. In the past few years, the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) sought to change that perception.  They introduced a new approach to change the way citizens experienced their local police.
 

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The core of Camden’s growth is rooted in its small businesses that know the community they serve and the investments they make in the neighborhoods where they work and live. Triton Security & Investigation (TSI) is a minority-owned company based in Camden since it began in 2014. It is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that employs armed, unarmed and K9 security officers. They provide physical security for large-scale construction sites, as well as bodyguard and dignitary protection services.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Hurricane Maria’s devastation hit particularly close to home in Camden. More than a third of the city’s population is of Puerto Rican descent, and most have family or friends who were on the island when the hurricane hit- the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years. There are an estimated 48 lives lost, with many who are injured and suffering without food, water or electricity. The need for supplies is dire, and the people of Camden are stepping up to help with relief efforts in any way they can.
 

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Vibrant community programming a hit with Camden residents
 
Camden’s neighborhoods are most vibrant when communities come together to interact with each other. When neighbors, visitors and civic leaders get together to utilize the common spaces we share for fun, food, and education, great things happen. A community-led initiative called Connect The Lots(CTL) implements place-making activities in underused parks and vacant lots to make these connections materialize.
 

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