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
L to R: New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach; former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean; George Pruitt; and New Jersey Future founding trustee Ingrid Reed.
New Jersey Future Celebrates George Pruitt

At a New Jersey Future reception, elected officials, friends and supporters came together on Oct. 29 to honor Dr. George Pruitt of Thomas Edison State College.

Photo by Amanda Brown, NJSpotlight. Left to right: Paul Silverman of SILVERMAN; Ron Beit of RBH Group; Christiana Foglio-Palmer of Community Investment Strategies, and moderator Peter Kasabach of New Jersey Future
NJ Spotlight on Cities: Successful Development Requires a Community’s Blessing

In a panel discussion at a conference on New Jersey’s cities, three developers explore what makes urban redevelopment successful.

Greater Trenton
New Driver for Downtown Economic Development in Trenton

Trenton mayor announces a new collaborative economic-development entity that will help to spark downtown redevelopment in the city.

The Cobalt, a proposed apartment development near the Somerville train station. Photo: Weiss Properties
Can Somerset County Attract Millennials?

A report from a studio class at the Bloustein School examines Somerset County’s opportunities to attract Millennials.

Atlantic City's Steel Pier at sunset. Photo credit: flickr user SurFeRGiRL30
Making Our Coastline Both Resilient and Prosperous

At a recent seminar, experts outlined ways that coastal areas can grow and prosper while enhancing their resilience to future climate threats.

Articles and Stories
Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.

New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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