Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces



Breaking Ground: Transforming a Region

March 22, 2018
7:30 amto3:30 pm

Join Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for Breaking Ground 2018. This conference aims to implement the principles and goals of Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia. While our region is made up of 352 local governments, we are better-positioned and more economically competitive by moving forward together, as a region. This year’s conference celebrates regional cooperation and government efficiency.

In keeping with that theme, the keynote speaker—Brian Elms—is an expert in management and government performance. Concurrent sessions will feature government transparency, sustainable environmental practices, collaboration between businesses and government, the use of data and metrics, and a celebration of diversity age-friendly communities. Breaking Ground 2018 is expanding to include a Learning Lounge, which will feature businesses and newer tech companies that assist municipal governments in better serving their citizens.

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia PA

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Real Estate Trends Symposium

March 22, 2018
7:30 amto12:30 pm

New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Redevelopment Training Institute

Is your development strategy aligned with the current market?  What is the future of residential and commercial development?  How are the capital markets responding to the need for affordable housing and mixed-use development, and the uncertain retail sector? What impact will the proposed changes to the tax code have on the real estate market?  With a single-party control of both houses of Congress and the White House and a new governor in New Jersey in 2018, what can you expect to happen to the federal and state government programs?  With the many proposed changes at the federal level, and expected changes at the state level, what affect will this have on the real estate development and finance sector in New Jersey?

This half-day symposium will provide an in-depth overview of the state of the real estate market and discuss the trends, changes and impact on the real estate development and financing market.  You will hear market and sub-market reports on the single-family, multi-family, retail, hotel and office sectors, and several industry experts will provide their insights on the market outlook for 2018. Come hear what this may mean to your ability to develop, finance and manage real estate development projects.

Location: Montclair State University, Feliciano School of Business, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair NJ

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Mapping Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure

March 22, 2018
10:00 amto1:30 pm

The NJDEP has developed a new stormwater mapping tool to assist municipalities with meeting the requirements of their municipal stormwater permit. This ArcGIS field app will be available free-of-charge to municipalities, as well as to partners authorized by the municipality, such as local environmental organizations.*

An official from the NJDEP will provide a hands-on training to learn how to use this new stormwater mapping tool. The workshop will also include an overview of the recently renewed municipal stormwater permit requirements, as well as a short presentation on how to visually assess the quality of existing stormwater infrastructure.

Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington

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Building Vital Communities: Inclusive Economic Development Practices and Partnerships

March 22, 2018
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

The Northeast Economic Development Association (NEDA) in partnership with the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State University is hosting a panel discussion and networking event.

Welcome spring by joining us for an exciting evening exploring how we might engage whole communities in creating and enjoying economic opportunity.

At this event, we will discuss the tools, the partnerships, and the desired outcomes for inclusive community-wide engagement.

Location: Robert Treat Hotel, 60 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102

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NJ Bike & Walk Summit

March 24, 2018
12:00 amto5:00 pm

New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition’s Summit is New Jersey’s statewide meeting of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, elected officials and other township leaders, transportation and urban planners, bike shop owners and managers, cycling, walking, fitness and health enthusiasts and experts, recreation, trails and club leaders and others who are interested in making our state a better place to live.

NJBWC is pleased to offer you the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community, make you aware of various public funding sources, enable you to network, identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.

More than 20 panel sessions and presentations are planned.

Location: The Conference Center, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ

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Webinar: Teaming Up For Urban Forestry

March 27, 2018
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Join Smart Growth Online for a live webinar that explores the resources available to help policymakers and municipal executives make decisions about the future of their community’s forests, and to learn how urban forestry can help drive progress toward Smart Growth and sustainability goals.

The webinar features Laurence D. Wiseman of CenterLine Strategy and the founding president and CEO of American Forest Foundation, Ian Leahy of American Forests and Lauren Marshall of the U.S. Forest Service.  Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.

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Webinar: Creative placemaking and human needs placemaking

March 27, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Like the convenience of a webinar, but wish they could be more interactive? Join The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking for our upcoming Strategic Conversations on creative placemaking.

The arts aren’t a diversion or a luxury. They are important for the well-being of individuals and communities. Many people already know about the power of the arts to enhance economic development. This webinar will discuss how the arts can help people develop and keep intellectual skills, build social connections, and more. We will explore how creative placemaking can support the elements of human needs placemaking.

Webinar: Water Security and Resiliency

March 27, 2018
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

In 2018, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) will host monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.A certificate for one continuing education contact hour will be offered for this webinar. Please indicate in the registration question below if you are interested in receiving a certificate of attendance for the webinar.

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Certificate in creative placemaking information session (webinar)

March 29, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Certificate program is produced by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and New Hampshire Institute of Art.

The information session will introduce participants to the Certification program, as students and faculty in the program. Participants will have time to ask questions. All sessions will be led by the program’s designer and academic director, Leonardo Vazquez. Information sessions are one hour, online, and free. Details on how to join the webinar will be included in your confirmation email.

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Success Stories in Commercial Energy Efficiency

April 4, 2018
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

This Sustainable Jersey webinar will highlight successful approaches used by Sustainable Jersey green teams to implement commercial energy efficiency programs in New Jersey communities.  By encouraging local businesses to complete energy efficiency improvements through the Direct Install program, green teams are helping to reduce community energy usage and the local carbon footprint, leading to a more sustainable future for the community as a whole.  Completion of the Commercial Energy Efficiency Outreach action could also potentially meet one of the requirements for earning a Gold Star in Energy.


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