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.
- Event slideshow. The full photo album is available on our Facebook page.
- Timeline of milestones in New Jersey Future’s history.
Leadership awards were presented to five individuals recognized for their role in helping to shape growth and development in New Jersey:
John J. Heldrich
Corporate vice president
of administration (retired)
Johnson & Johnson
Feather O'Connor Houston
State of New Jersey
David F. Moore
Clement A. Price
Professor of History
John P. Sheridan Jr.
chief executive officer
Cooper Health System
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.”
“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.
Milestones in New Jersey Future’s history:
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
Ingrid and Marvin Reed, Jr.
Peter and Nancy Byrne Reinhart
Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP
Timothy Haahs & Associates
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA
Zoffinger Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey
Bayshore Recycling Corporation
Cardenas Grant Communications
Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader
Land Dimensions Engineering
New Jersey Business and Industry Association
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton
RPM Redevelopment Group
Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.
Marc Weiner and M. Patrick Simon
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