Director, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development
The Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development (HCOCHA/TD) is a unit of the Office of the Hudson County Executive and is proud to play an instrumental role in making the county an ever greater place to live, work and visit. The HCOCHA/TD strives to create an environment in which the local arts constituency can flourish, by providing advisory services, technical assistance, grant programs, audience development initiatives, artist round tables and networking opportunities, tourism and related economic development projects. The Office also fosters pride in community by sponsoring tours and lectures on local heritage, promoting historic preservation, and presenting culturally diverse celebrations throughout the year
Hudson County, New Jersey is a thriving bastion of arts and culture. One can find virtually everything here; history, the visual arts, dance, drama, film, all varieties of music, architecture and literature are all abundant in Hudson County’s 12 municipalities. Hudson County is also a burgeoning destination for tourists from all points near and far. We boast world-class hotels and restaurants, the Statue of Liberty, the aforementioned arts and culture, myriad sporting and special events and attractions, and yes, the best views of New York City. The office maintains a dedicated tourism website – www.visithudson.org.
Divisions and Offices
HCOCHA/TD is the main facilitator of tourism development and promotional services in Hudson County. The office maintains a dedicated tourism website – www.visithudson.org – which is a comprehensive source of information for visitors and locals alike. The office participates in key national travel trade associations and works with tour operators to develop customized local itineraries. In addition, we work with the local hospitality industry to develop products for the packaged travel industry.
Promotion of the Arts
HCOCHA/TD is the major promoter and funder of arts and cultural organizations in Hudson County. With resources from the county and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the office administers the Local Arts Program (LAP), which each year provides funds to many of the county’s non-profit groups via a competitive process. LAP is indispensable in helping Hudson County’s arts and culture scene flourish.
Promotion of Local History
Hudson County has an incredibly rich history, spanning from the pre-colonial era, through the Revolutionary War, the mass migration to America of people from every corner of the Earth, World Wars I and II to the post-war era and the 21st Century. HCOCHA/TD works to promote local history through its Hudson County History Partnership Program (HCHPP), which with the backing of the New Jersey Historical Commission, provides grants to local historical organizations and arts non-profits that present historical programming.
Film and Television
Hudson County has the best vistas of the Manhattan skyline. It also has some of the most scenic public county parks in the Garden State. As a consequence, many professional still photographers, as well as film and television producers, are keen to shoot on property owned by Hudson County. HCOCHA/TD facilitates the process for requests to shoot film, television and Internet programs, movies and commercials on county property.
People of nearly every ethnicity from all over the world have been migrating to Hudson County for innumerable years. Many of them came to the shores of America through Ellis Island, which sits just off the coast of Jersey City. Today, Hudson County is one of the most diverse locales in the entire United States. HCOCHA/TD plans and facilitates official county civic and commemorative programs that celebrate the all-inclusive beautiful tapestry of ethnicities and communities that make up our populace. The Office also presents the Live at Brennan’s Music Series, which is a very well attended series that treats residents to live concerts in the Court House Rotunda.
Arts in Education
The HCOCHA/TD rolled out its “Arts in Education” pilot program in the Fall of 2021, which will provide funds to non-profit arts organizations that will give art instruction to students at participating schools in the County. The educational partnerships program vision is to develop, pilot, and maintain partnerships that further arts learning K-12, that enhance the current curriculum with Hudson County-specific content, and that create internships and other opportunities for students for meaningful arts career development.