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Archive for April, 2015

What Is the Value of Water?

May 14, 2015
8:00 amto10:00 am

Water is jobs and economic growth. Water is a cleaner planet. Water is a stronger Philadelphia. Join us for this interactive discussion featuring regional and national leaders. The session will focus on the state of water infrastructure and water resources and innovative investments in Philadelphia’s water system and across the Keystone State. In Philadelphia new projects are being financed through innovative tools, new community partnerships have been forged, and environmental sustainability has become a top priority. The conversation will cover a number of ways that water investments are moving Philadelphia and the region forward, and how water infrastructure in this region compares to projects and strategies in other regions across the country.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Bill Marrazzo, Chief Executive Officer and President, WHYY, Inc.


  • Radhika Fox, Director, Value of Water Coalition


  • Howard Neukrug, Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Aldie Warnock, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Communications and Public Policy, American Water
  • Steven Wray, Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
  • Beverly Coleman- Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Economic Development, Temple University

This event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required.

Understanding Coastal Vulnerability

May 15, 2015
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

This webinar is free but because space is limited, registration is required. A recorded version of the webinar will be posted after the event.

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Planning Our Coastal Future: Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton get their first look at New Jersey Future’s analysis of vulnerability to future flooding from sea-level rise.

League of Municipalities Executive Director To Retire

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

New Jersey Future salutes the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ executive director, Bill Dressel, who is retiring after 41 years with the organization.

Communications Webinar for Water/Sewer Utilities

May 14, 2015
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Free webinar on strategies to help communicate to consumers the importance of investments in water and sewer system upgrades. Part of Brookings Institution’s National Infrastructure Week.

More information and registration.

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Transportation Awards Breakfast

May 11, 2015
8:00 amto10:00 am

Newark Club (Metropolitan Room)

One Newark Center, 22nd Floor, Newark

Transportation Advocate of the Year

Vincent Prieto

Speaker, NJ State Assembly

Transportation Leadership Awards:

Thomas Bracken, NJ Chamber of Commerce

Cedrick Fulton, Port Authority of NY & NJ

Kelly Giblin, NJ Transit

Kevin Monaco, Leading Edge LLC

Sallie Morris, NJ Transit

Jack Nata, City of Newark

Mike Marino, PATH, Port Authority of NY & NJ

Dave Staplin, Amtrak

Each year during National Transportation Week, NRBP and its Transportation Council honor distinguished leaders in transportation. By giving awards to outstanding leaders both in the headlines and behind the scenes, we emphasize that our region’s transportation infrastructure is vital for our economic vitality.


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Raising Awareness of our Urban Water Infrastructure on #UndertheEarthDay

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

New Jersey Future’s Urban Water Solutions initiative takes to social media for #UndertheEarthDay to highlight the state of our water and pipes.

New Directions for Addressing Problem Properties

May 12, 2015
8:00 amto4:00 pm

Location: Trenton War Memorial

Communities of all sizes and types in New Jersey are confronting increasing numbers of vacant and problem properties, destabilizing neighborhoods and impeding economic development. Hear from practitioners in New Jersey and around the United States about the most promising new directions in dealing with problem properties, including getting the most out of code enforcement as a problem property strategy, effective ways of dealing with problem landlords and rental properties, and how New Jersey municipalities are combining tools creatively to tackle these issues.

This workshop will be useful for:

  • Mayors and other local elected officials
  • State, county and local government professionals and practitioners in code enforcement, public safety, and public health
  • Housing, planning and community development professionals
  • Developers, realtors and real estate lenders
  • Neighborhood and community leaders

In addition to in-depth presentations, participants can participate in breakout sessions with nationally-known experts to explore the nuts and bolts of implementing these strategies in their own communities, and to learn from each other through informal interaction and exchange.

Space is limited. For more information and to register for the New Directions workshop, please contact Shoshanna Page  (spageattescdotedu)  , (609)777-4351 x. 4265.


United Nations Visit to Hoboken

April 28, 2015
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Representatives from the UNISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will travel to Hoboken as part of the UN’s “Making Cities Resilient” campaign. The delegation will officially honor Hoboken as a “Role Model City” thanks to its comprehensive resiliency strategy, which includes the winning Rebuild by Design project Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge. Help us congratulate Hoboken as it garners international recognition for its resilience efforts.

Location: Pier A, 1st Street

Rain Barrel Workshop

April 25, 2015
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Watershed Ambassador Rachel McGovern will show how to capture and reuse rain water in a home garden with a rain barrel. Visitors will be able to examine the innovative water management features of the new Watershed Center before constructing their own rain barrel under Rachel’s guidance. Fee of $50 per rain barrel includes all materials to construct one barrel, which will then be available to take home. Registration and prepayment are required. This workshop is co-sponsored by Hopewell Environmental Commission.

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