With a new era of federal governance upon us, what is the role of states and cities in advancing placemaking and inclusionary economic growth? This session will address the impact of the new federal administration on states and cities looking to advance place-based economic and redevelopment activities, and will explore what states and cities can do on their own to make progress. It will provide an overview from the national perspective of what some of […]
Numerous demographic and economic factors are combining to make redevelopment the new normal. Millennials are seeking live/work/play environments and are postponing the purchase of homes and sometimes even cars. The “drive til you qualify” strategy of homeownership — trading a long commute for a big new house in a far-flung, car-dependent exurb — has fallen victim to the Great Recession. What do these trends mean for New Jersey’s suburbs? And what even counts as a […]
By utilizing “big data,” communities can identify their challenges and community priorities and can engage the public more effectively around solutions. This panel will feature insights from industry leaders paving the way in this new field, along with local practitioners working to increase civic engagement in their communities, and will offer practical “getting started” information for cities and towns of all sizes.
There are many examples across the country of successful green stormwater infrastructure installations with important lessons to teach. But besides providing quality-of-life benefits such as cleaner air and water and beautified, walkable neighborhoods, are there quantifiable economic benefits? How are they measured, and where are they seen in New Jersey? This panel will include experts and practitioners to provide insight into their decision-making and how the calculate returns on investment, and will also provide an […]
For generations, the demand for parking has seemingly grown unabated. But now, for the first time since perhaps the invention of the automobile, experts are predicting a decline in the demand for parking in urban areas. This is due to anticipated technological advances in the areas of autonomous, self-driving vehicles, the proliferation of shared-vehicle services and changing societal values and trends. This panel will discuss the ways these trends are being addressed across the country […]
Learn how public data and metrics can be used as a driver for designing great – and well used! – public spaces. Hear about the techniques that design professionals are using to enhance the health and well-being of individuals across the state and how community input and ideas can spur the development of creative placemaking projects that improve quality of life and revitalize public spaces.
People are coming to downtowns for new reasons. This panel of experts in downtown development will share their insights on the changing nature of retail and how to attract the diverse yet complementary mix of uses that will be found in the downtowns of the future. They will explore how to increase customer and business interest in downtowns by attracting restaurants, entertainment venues, services, and special placemaking features like art installations. Is your downtown ready […]
As courts rule and towns settle on affordable-housing obligations, the big question remains: In an era of slow growth and constrained finances, how can towns generate enough housing to satisfy their obligations? This session will look at the multiple challenges towns are facing in boosting the number of affordable units, and at some innovative financing, planning and design approaches that offer potential solutions.
The Great Recession stalled many redevelopment projects in New Jersey before they could even get started. Using specific case studies, this session will delve into successful approaches and available resources to jumpstart redevelopment. Participants will receive an overview of the legal and financial issues connected to the restructuring of a redevelopment project.
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will use his track record in improving the city’s business climate, economic outlook and transparency as a backdrop to talk in this year’s keynote address about the role cities must play in sustainable development and redevelopment in the 21st century, and the steps they must take in order to meet the challenge.
Small- to medium-size cities face the same expensive, complex infrastructure challenges as large metropolitan areas, but with far fewer resources. Three New Jersey cities have been applying a new approach — designing integrated projects that address multiple community priorities, such as flooding, traffic calming, and storm surge — and leveraging non-traditional funding. Speakers will describe the major infrastructure challenges they submitted to New Jersey Future’s Building Infrastructure Green (BIG) design competition and their path to […]
Developers and municipalities often find themselves at odds when sitting at the negotiating table. But the process can result in winning deals for both parties when they come together as partners, municipal priorities are clear, and there is a common understanding of the risks and rewards of a proposed redevelopment project. Panelists will discuss ways to establish this type of working relationship, the keys to a successful redeveloper agreement and the type of information needed […]
Today’s new age of economic development leverages technology as a component of every effort we make, from the way we engage our citizens to the way we undertake real estate transactions. This session will present technologies that drive redevelopment efforts, and that can empower city leaders to identify redevelopment sites, visualize their preferred future, and raise awareness of these opportunities in order to attract prospective investors.
Adapting to the increased demand for walkable urbanism will mean different things for different kinds of suburbs. For places that have a center or downtown, the main challenge is how to accommodate more people on a limited supply of land. For places that don’t have a center, the question may be how to create one. And creating a center will involve different approaches, depending on whether the municipality has to build the center from the […]
This session will describe free and fee-based data that is readily available, and how it can and should be used to evaluate the economy, understand relative competitiveness, and inform and support economic development initiatives. The presenters will describe how data has been used to drive community market analyses to create the framework for implementation of successful economic development projects in Glassboro and Madison boroughs. Members of the panel will also provide case studies of effective […]