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Now Taking Session Suggestions!

We have already started planning Redevelopment Forum 2018! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 9.

Do you have ideas for a great plenary session, panel discussion or keynote speaker? We’re taking suggestions! Just fill out this form by Friday, Dec. 1, and help us plan the best Redevelopment Forum yet!

Interested in sponsoring? Download sponsorship information or contact Michele Glassburg, 609-393-0008 ext. 107.


Good Data Can Reinforce Your Plans

The updated plan for Rowan Boulevard, which grew eightfold after research indicated a larger plan would work financially. Courtesy JGSC Group

At one of the breakout sessions at this year’s Redevelopment Forum, Joe Getz from the downtown economic-consulting organization JGSC Group gave a clinic on the importance of using good data to make decisions on downtown redevelopment projects. The familiar developer refrain “We’ve done this many times,” he cautioned, “is not data.”

There are lots of kinds of data besides demographic and Census data, he said, including interviews, surveys, and economic analysis. Such data tell us who will buy the housing we plan to build; who will shop in the stores; who will dine in the restaurants and what kind of dining they like. Census data doesn’t include any of those things, but they’re crucial to putting together redevelopment plans that will work.


Making the Affordable Housing Numbers Work(able)

Freedom Village, on the site of the former Apollo Dye factory in Paterson, provides housing for low-income seniors. Photo courtesy of Pennrose Properties.

“It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times” is how moderator Tony Marchetta from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency kicked off the affordable housing session at this year’s Redevelopment Forum.

It’s the best of times, he said, because courts are now starting to get specific about municipal obligations, and, at the federal level, there is a push to expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit by 50 percent.


Forum Photos!

Enjoy this select gallery of photos from Redevelopment Forum 2017, sponsored by Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP and Kitchen & Associates, and then take a look at the full album over on our flickr site!

Sponsor slide

Sponsor slide

Forum crowd

Forum crowd

Title Sponsors

Title Sponsors

Peter Reinhart

Peter Reinhart

Gov. Florio

Gov. Florio

On Camera!

On Camera!

Networking

Networking

Thanks to all our sponsors!

Thanks to all our sponsors!

Future of Suburbs

Future of Suburbs

Dean Hughes

Dean Hughes

Patrick Terborg

Patrick Terborg

Future of Retail

Future of Retail

Michael Nutter

Michael Nutter

Tech Platforms

Tech Platforms

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

Anne Babineau

Anne Babineau

Cool exhibit!

Cool exhibit!


Federal Tools: Threats and Opportunities

Smart Growth America President and CEO Geoff Anderson

How will the new presidential administration’s policies affect redevelopment at the state level?

At New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum, Smart Growth America President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Anderson provided an overview of where he thought the threats were, and where some potential opportunities lie.

Mr. Anderson (presentation) began with some stage-setting. He highlighted several of the new administration’s stated priorities that come with hefty price tags, including tax reform and an anticipated infrastructure spending bill, while at the same time noting a strong reluctance among federal lawmakers to raising any new money. That means, he said, money for the administration’s priorities will have to come from somewhere, be it tax credits or cuts in other areas.


Redevelopment Forum a Success!

Despite predictions for snowy weather, more than 500 people turned out for Redevelopment Forum 2017. They were treated to a day full of thought-provoking presentations and valuable insights in to the best way to move redevelopment forward in New Jersey as a way to grow.

And we made the news! NJTV News was on site for most of the morning, interviewing a variety of speakers on issues ranging from investing in infrastructure to investing in Millennials. Their clip is below. We’ll have a full photo gallery up soon.

Save the date! The 2018 Redevelopment Forum will be Friday, March 9, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. See you there!


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