Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Economic Development

2014 Smart Growth Awards Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Three housing developments; two downtown plans; a transformative open-space plan; an anchor of hope for its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Former State Planning Commission Chairman Joe Maraziti will receive the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

Forum Keynote: Target Investments at Assets, not Companies

Friday, March 21st, 2014

New Jersey, and the entire region, can learn from New York’s success how best to invest in economic growth.

Real Estate Analyst Warns Suburban Land Use Regulations Driving People, Jobs Away

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

A leading real estate analyst warns that if municipalities are going to keep up with changing market demand, they will have to make some significant changes to their land use regulations.

Rebuild by Design – Community Workshop

January 30, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

These interactive community meetings will allow the general public to learn about and provide input on the Design Teams’ work.

This free series of performances, presentations, short-term installations, and other events throughout the region will highlight the value of design in creating resilience.

Toms River Town Hall, 2nd Floor
Lower Manual Hirschblond Meeting Room
33 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

More information:
Rebuild by Design

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Former New York City Economic Development Head To Deliver Redevelopment Forum Keynote

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The former head of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation will deliver the keynote address at New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum.

Five New Jersey Projects Included in Next Round of HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 10 finalist projects in its Rebuild by Design competition.

Key Issues: Divergent Views on Jobs and the Economy

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This is the latest in a series of articles from our friends at NJ Spotlight laying out the critical policy challenges that the next governor and Legislature will face, as well as their positions on these issues.

Four Key Issues for New Jersey’s Future

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.

Somerset County’s Investment Framework Gets State Planning Commission Support

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The State Planning Commission has approved a resolution supporting Somerset County’s Strategic Investment Framework, a recognition well deserved.

New Legislation Changes the Smart Growth Playing Field

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Two new pieces of legislation, dealing with economic incentives and non-condemnation in redevelopment areas, offer opportunities to focus New Jersey’s development in smart-growth areas.

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