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.
Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.
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.
New Jersey, and the entire region, can learn from New York’s success how best to invest in economic growth.
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.
This free series of performances, presentations, short-term installations, and other events throughout the region will highlight the value of design in creating resilience
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
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”.
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.
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?
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.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 11/30/2011: Coalition Statement on Grow NJ Bill
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 01/17/2012: Reaction to State of the State Address
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 12/10/2010: Testimony Supporting Vertical GDP and Mixed Use Transit Hubs
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- 01/06/2014: Testimony S1557/A2641
- 02/03/2014: Statement on CDBG-DR Funds
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- 12-14-2010 Testimony on Historic Property Reinvestment Act
- 10-04-2010 Testimony on Transportation Trust Fund ARC Tunnel
- 09-20-2010 Testimony on ARC Tunnel
- ARC Information Sheet 9-10
- Chasing Their Tails: Municipal Ratables Chase Doesn't Necessarily Pay 07-10
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- Getting to Work 11-08
- Sheehan-Mans JOINT STATEMENT ON ARC TUNNEL
- Pocino statement on ARC 10 08 10
- Brownfields Redevelopment 01-08
- Affordable Housing Policy 10-04
- Realistic Opportunity? The Distribution of Affordable Housing and Jobs in New Jersey
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00