HUD Secretary Donovan To Deliver Remarks at New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum
Event will focus on rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, including investing in New Jersey’s infrastructure.
TRENTON—Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will deliver morning remarks at New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum March 1 in New Brunswick.
Donovan, who has been appointed by President Obama to lead the long-term recovery effort in the New York-New Jersey region after Superstorm Sandy, will discuss the strategies his task force is putting in place and the issues the task force will need to address, including housing, coastline restoration, and transportation and infrastructure investments.
Following Donovan’s remarks, the morning plenary session will preview an important new report being prepared by Facing Our Future, an independent, bipartisan effort led by more than 20 former cabinet officers and senior government executives. The report focuses on the current state of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure and what investments are needed in order to modernize it for a 21st-century economy. The session will also feature Harriet Tregoning, director of the Washington, D.C., office of planning, who will discuss that city’s recent investments in innovative infrastructure solutions, and Carter Strickland, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, who will present an overview of environmental innovations being adopted there as defenses against future extreme weather.
The luncheon keynote speaker, noted regional planner John Fregonese, will talk about the importance of understanding the economics of redevelopment initiatives, and how to take advantage of market trends to bring redevelopment projects to completion. Fregonese and his firm have led some of the most significant regional planning projects in the country, including the widely acclaimed Envision Utah and the Parish Recovery Planning Tool that grew out of the post-Katrina regional planning effort.
Breakout sessions at the event will address a diversity of issues, including effective strategies and tools for rebuilding the Sandy-ravaged New jersey Shore; ways to use increased property values as financing tools for redevelopment projects; innovative housing solutions to address changing demographics; how innovation districts can spur urban revitalization; and the importance of New Jersey’s ports to its cities and its economy.
“This year’s Forum highlights two critical issues that will affect New Jersey’s ability to grow sustainably: how best to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, and how to invest strategically in the next generation of infrastructure,” said Peter Kasabach, New Jersey Future’s executive director. “We’re thrilled that Secretary Donovan will be at the event to highlight how federal resources will be directed to post-Sandy recovery efforts, and we’re pleased to be able to preview Facing Our Future’s important report on the state’s most pressing infrastructure needs. As we look ahead, how we prioritize investments in those two areas will have a profound effect on New Jersey’s future growth, and we hope this event can help inform that decision-making.”
Title sponsors of the Redevelopment Forum are Bank of America and PSE&G. “New Jersey Future’s Redevelopment Forum fosters innovative thinking and important conversations around vital issues that will affect New Jersey for future generations,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America. “We have a shared goal of improving our state’s economy and communities through strategic investment.”
“PSEG is proud to sponsor the 2013 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.
The March 1 Redevelopment Forum, now in its eighth year, is an annual gathering of more than 500 local officials and professionals involved in redevelopment and revitalization of New Jersey’s already built areas.
New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide research, policy and education organization that advocates for better land-use practices that result in environmental protection, center-based growth, community redevelopment and transportation choice.