Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

 

Gateway Transit Village
106 Somerset Street, 7th floor, New Brunswick

 

Two former governors, several former cabinet and administration officials, and almost 200 representatives of the development, environmental, transportation, housing and community development communities were on hand Sunday evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the smart-growth policy organization New Jersey Future. All three former executive directors of the organization were also in attendance.

 

LEADERSHIP HONOREES

Leadership awards were presented to five individuals recognized for their role in helping to shape growth and development in New Jersey:

John Heldrich John J. Heldrich
Corporate vice president
of administration (retired)
Johnson & Johnson

Mr. Heldrich is well-recognized for embodying his company’s enduring support of the city of New Brunswick.   He always believed that New Jersey could be strengthened by a mutual commitment between employers and cities.  Today, New Brunswick has a vibrant and rapidly growing downtown, with robust new development that links transit, employment and education.  Mr. Heldrich also founded the community organization New Brunswick Tomorrow and chairs what is now the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

 

Feather Houstoun Feather O'Connor Houston
Former treasurer
State of New Jersey

Ms. Houstoun has amassed a distinguished record of turning smart-growth ideals into practical implementation strategies. Under Gov. Tom Kean she brought to life the State Planning Commission, the Council on Affordable Housing and the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation.  In her most recent career as a foundation executive she has funded and guided initiatives in smart growth and waterfront development and, committed to the belief that citizen involvement creates better communities, has championed the use of digital engagement tools for city planning.

 

Dave Moore David F. Moore
Founding director
New Jersey
Conservation Foundation

Seeing that New Jersey needed to find new ways to protect threatened environmental areas and natural resources and rapidly disappearing farmland, Mr. Moore pioneered strategies for directing development to where appropriate infrastructure is available instead of on virgin lands. Through the Conservation Foundation, he engaged philanthropists across the state to assist with acquisition of land for preservation, and enlisted the support of countless citizens to work for conservation initiatives and to advocate for conservation-focused policies and programs.

Clement Price Clement A. Price
Professor of History
Rutgers Newark

Through his research, teaching and civic engagement, Dr. Price has illuminated the vital role that arts, culture, history and diversity play in shaping communities, especially cities.  He has demonstrated that these elements cannot be treated as luxuries or afterthoughts, but instead form the very foundation of vibrant communities.  Price has served mayors, governors and presidents, using his knowledge of history and local wisdom to enable citizens of all backgrounds to understand the past so that they can address contemporary community needs and plan for a brighter future.

 

John Sheridan John P. Sheridan Jr.
President and
chief executive officer
Cooper Health System
Camden

Mr. Sheridan faced the same challenge many large institutions in need of expansion face – how to build in such a way that the surrounding neighborhood is enhanced, not harmed.  By taking the approach that Cooper and Camden would both thrive if buildings were designed to welcome people at the street level and existing housing stock in the area were revitalized, Sheridan was able to turn Cooper Hospital’s expansion into the renaissance of an entire neighborhood.

 Please click here to see a list of former members of New Jersey Future’s Board of Trustees, many of whom also worked tirelessly to fulfill the goals of the State Planning Act and the promise of the first State Development and Redevelopment Plan – to create “communities of place.”

NJF 25th Anniversary Logo

“It is an honor to help guide this organization at a time when we can look back over the last 25 years and be rightly proud of all its achievements,” said Peter Reinhart, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University and chairman of New Jersey Future’s Board of Trustees. “We have built a strong foundation, and we look forward to even greater success over the next 25 years.”

New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach detailed some of the issues on which the organization is currently focused. “The draft State Strategic Plan, the challenge of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and longer-term issues such as how to revitalize our transit-rich urban areas, are all opportunities where our organization and our many partners are focused. We look forward to continuing our work toward the goal of a state where housing and transportation choices are plentiful and affordable; where open space, farmland and critical natural resources are appropriately safeguarded, and where all New Jerseyans have the opportunity to live and work in truly great places.

“We celebrate our successes tonight, and redouble our efforts tomorrow,” he concluded. 

The event also featured artwork lent from Colleen Attara Studios, all of which was made using reclaimed plastic signage. 

Custom awards were designed by Glassroots, a nurturing environment in Newark in which otherwise underserved children can achieve self-esteem and creative expression while also learning basic business skills and valuable life lessons through the exploration of the unique art forms of glassmaking. 

Proceeds from a wine grab at the event generated $850 for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of New Jersey. 

Guests were able to enjoy spectacular views of New Brunswick at sunset, thanks to a partnership with New Brunswick Parking Authority and New Brunswick Development Corporation. The new Gateway Transit Village, atop the New Brunswick train station, provided a unique event space, epitomizing New Jersey Future’s commitment to transit oriented redevelopment.

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Presenters and recipients after the awards ceremony.

New Jersey Future board chairman Peter Reinhart; former governors James Florio and Brendan Byrne; and New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach

New Jersey Future's current and former executive directors: l to r, George Hawkins; Barbara Lawrence; current Executive Director Peter Kasabach; and Christy Van Horn

New Jersey Future trustee Andy Davis; Amy Davis; City National Bank President and CEO Preston Pinkett; former New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Caren Franzini; and New Jersey Future trustee Bill Best of event sponsor PNC Bank.

New Jersey Future Trustee Jay Biggins of Biggins, Lacy, Shapiro; Trustee Pam Mount of Terhune Orchards; Kathleen Biggins; Trustee Anne Hoskins of event sponsor PSE&G; and founding Trustee and Senior Fellow Ingrid Reed.

Jennifer Coffey of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and New Jersey Future Trustee Debbie Mans of the NY/NJ Baykeeper

New Jersey Future staff, l to r: Managing Director Teri Jover; Senior Director of State Policy Chris Sturm; Executive Director Peter Kasabach; Office and Budget Manager Marianne Jann; Director of Research Tim Evans; Director of Communications Elaine Clisham; and Director of Outreach and Development Dan Fatton.

Honoree David Moore (r) and family

Fatimah Williams Castro; Denise Holguin; Marissa Davis

Gerry and Kathy Stockman; Lucinda Florio and former Governor James Florio

Martin Robins; New Jersey Future Trustees Sue Lederman and Bob Goldsmith

Steve Senior; Mary Kay Roberts; Pallavi Nuka

New Jersey Future Trustee Pam Mount; Roger Schwarz; Nancy Byrne Reinhart

New Jersey Future Trustees Loredana Cromarty and Jane Kenney

Elvin Montero; Timothy Andrews; New Jersey Future Director of Outreach and Development Dan Fatton

Joyce Sheridan; Honoree John Sheridan; former New Jersey Future Executive Director Barbara Lawrence

Claudia Stepien; Etta Denk of event sponsor Bank of America; New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach

Debby D'Arcangelo; Ed Dippold; Barbara Coe

New Jersey board of trustees chairman Peter Reinhart; former New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Caren Franzini; Michele Byers of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation; New Jersey Future Senior Director of State Policy Chris Sturm

New Jersey Future Trustee Brian Trelstad; former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne; City National Bank CEO Preston Pinkett

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Milestones in New Jersey Future’s history:

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Bank of America
William and Judith Scheide

SILVER SPONSORS

The Fresh Grocer
New Jersey Natural Gas
PNC Bank
Prudential
PSEG Corporation


HOST SPONSORS

Birdsall Services Group
B. Thomas and Barbara Byrne
Cooper University Health Care
Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey, Inc.
Kathleen Ellis and Kenneth Pringle
Genova, Burns Giantomasi & Webster
James and Kathleen Gilbert
Johnson & Johnson
Jane Kenny and Gregory Myer
Barbara L. Lawrence and Michael Sage
Susan and Peter Lederman
Maraziti Falcon & Healey
New Brunswick Development Corporation

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company and NJM Bank
PS&S
Ingrid and Marvin Reed, Jr.
Peter and Nancy Byrne Reinhart
Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP
Silverman
Timothy Haahs & Associates
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA
WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Zoffinger Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

 

 COLLEAGUE SPONSORS

Atlantic City Electric
Bayshore Recycling Corporation
Cardenas Grant Communications 
Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader
Grapevine Development
Land Dimensions Engineering
New Jersey Business and Industry Association
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency

Pennrose Properties
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton
Roma Bank
RPM Redevelopment Group
Grace Sinden
Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.
Marc Weiner and M. Patrick Simon
Barbara Trelstad
Whitman Strategy Group
  

25th Anniversary Planning Committee
Susan Bass Levin   Barbara Coe • Loredana Cromarty • Andy Davis • Kathy Ellis • Sam Hamill • 
Barbara Lawrence • Sue Lederman • Anna Lustenberg • Pam Mount  Gil Medina • Tom O’Neill • 
Ingrid Reed • Peter Reinhart • Mary Kay Roberts Richard Roper • Barbara Trelstad • Ralph Widner

 
Catering and Design By: Joss and Jules Boutique Catering and Event Design 
Classical Music By: Gene Giordano

Beverage By: Glendale Liquors

 

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