New Jersey Future Announces 2009 Redevelopment Forum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2009
Peter Kasabach, Executive Director (609) 393-0008, ext. 104
or Rick Sinding, Senior Communications Consultant (609) 529-2885
Redevelopment as the vehicle for reinvigorating New Jersey’s economy and quality of life is the focus of New Jersey Future’s 2009 Redevelopment Forum, to be held Feb. 27, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center in New Brunswick.
New Jersey Future – the statewide research and policy group that advocates redevelopment as a smarter way to grow – invites the public to join state and local government leaders and planning professionals in this daylong exploration of how to achieve innovative, high-quality, community-minded redevelopment projects in today’s challenging economic and environmental climate.
The daylong forum will feature 22 interactive workshops on a variety of compelling topics including: current economic realities; sustainability; institutions as redevelopers; opportunities for temporary infill; affordable housing; foreclosures and new federal funds for neighborhood stabilization; brownfields; jobs and housing near transit; parking; and foreclosures, among others.
The lunchtime keynote speaker at 12:30 p.m. will be Robert Liberty, an attorney with 27 years of experience in designing, improving and implementing plans for rural conservation and building lively, compact cities and towns with more choices in housing and transportation. In 2004, he was elected as councilor to the Metro Council, the government with broad planning responsibilities in the Portland, Ore. metropolitan region.
The only statewide event of its kind, this fourth annual Redevelopment Forum is expected to attract more than 600 state, county and municipal leaders, citizen activists and leading professionals in law and planning. Special invited guests include: Gov. Jon Corzine; Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Joseph V. Doria, Jr., and Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman.
“This forum represents an excellent opportunity to exchange and absorb best practices and lessons learned from the wave of redevelopment,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future. “We are particularly pleased that we can play a role in giving the state a much-needed shot in the arm.”
Title sponsors of the forum are Bank of America and PSE&G.