Working for Smart Growth:
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Economic Development

New Jersey would like to increase the amount of money that comes into the state in order to provide employment opportunities and an increased quality of life for its residents.  Much of the state’s economic development and growth is supported by public infrastructure.

The state can play an important role in economic development by directing economic activities into places where infrastructure already exists, thereby minimizing the public subsidy necessary to support these activities and reducing the cost to businesses to build facilities, transport goods, connect with suppliers, customers and partners, and access employees.

Future Facts
Dan Baudouin of the Providence Foundation
Forum Plenary: A Tale of Three Cities

Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.

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2014 Smart Growth Awards Announced

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.

Seth Pinsky during his keynote at the Redevelopment Forum.
Forum Keynote: Target Investments at Assets, not Companies

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

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

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

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

Articles and Stories
2014 Smart Growth Award-Winners Announced

April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards

CDBG Action Plan Amendment Considers Resiliency

Feb. 3, 2014 — The newly released Substantial Amendment for the Second Allocation of CDBG-DR funds, intended to guide the disbursement of $1.46 billion in Sandy recovery assistance, represents a step forward in both resiliency language and public involvement, but misses key steps needed to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent to make New Jersey “Stronger than the Storm”.

THE EXPLAINER: The State Plan

Oct. 15, 2013 — New Jersey is the most intensively developed state in the country. In 1986, recognizing the critical role the state must play in directing future growth and aligning resources accordingly, New Jersey passed the State Planning Act — a groundbreaking effort to coordinate land-use planning across state agencies and different levels of government.

Paying Attention to New Jersey’s Future

Oct. 18, 2013 — One of the most difficult things successful political leaders must do is to make decisions on behalf of their constituents that might be politically unpopular in the short term, but help to secure a more stable future for generations to come. New Jersey’s current economic stagnation brings this challenge into sharp focus: How can we invest the state’s limited funds strategically in ways that respect immediate budget needs but make the state more prosperous and globally competitive for the long term?

A damaged Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. Photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National Guard (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons
Conference: Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy created a wake-up call on the need to rebuild the Jersey shore in a way that respects nature and protects people, properties and public investments. Come hear expert speakers address key topics, and share your opinion on how we can restore a thriving, healthy and resilient coastal region.

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