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Annual Redevelopment Forum Will Focus on Innovative Approaches to Revitalization, Resilience

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March 12, 2014
ContactElaine Clisham  (eclishamatnjfuturedotorg)  , 609-393-0008, ext. 102

Former Gov. Florio, three former state officials will speak

TRENTON, March 12 – New Jersey Future’s ninth annual Redevelopment Forum, Friday, March 14, 2014, in New Brunswick, will focus on innovative ways that the state’s already-built areas can become more vibrant and more resilient. Speakers from three other older, industrial cities – Providence, Cincinnati and Midtown Detroit – will discuss how they have turned their downtowns around, and luncheon keynote speaker Seth Pinsky, the former head of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, will discuss how he evaluates opportunities in new urban markets. Mr. Pinsky now heads RXR Realty’s metropolitan emerging market strategy, where he is charged with identifying new development opportunities throughout the Tri-State region.

“Redevelopment is that state’s future”, said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach, “This year’s Redevelopment Forum will help set the stage for how towns can renew and reinvent themselves, increase public and private investments and become more resilient and safe.”

Morning and afternoon panel sessions will address such questions as whether “green infrastructure” creates real-estate value; how to incorporating climate risks into development decision-making; re-imagining the state’s suburbs; disruptive-innovation approaches to planning and redevelopment; and innovative ways to finance infrastructure upgrades and increased power-grid resilience. Speakers and moderators include former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio, former chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Caren Franzini, former New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa, former Dept. of Environmental Protection Commissioner Mark Mauriello,

New Jersey Future will have summaries of many of these sessions after the event.

Returning again this year as title sponsors are Bank of America and PSEG. “Everyone involved in the forum is committed to supporting the strategic redevelopment and economic growth of New Jersey communities,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America.  “This is the perfect venue to advance a common goal of bringing out the best in our state.”

“PSEG is proud to sponsor the 2014 Redevelopment Forum, reflecting our long-time support for revitalizing New Jersey’s cities and our investments on many fronts to promote a sustainable future for the state and its residents,” said Don McCloskey, PSEG’s director of state government affairs and a member of New Jersey Future’s board of trustees.

If your organization covers redevelopment, energy or infrastructure issues in New Jersey or in your individual communities, and you would like press credentials for the Redevelopment Forum, please contact New Jersey Future Director of Communications Elaine Clisham.


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