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Archive for August, 2018

Building Communities for All Ages in New Jersey

October 10, 2018
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

Join experts from AARP, Rutgers University’s Bloustein School and the Rutgers University School of Social Work as they discuss the benefits of building communities for all ages in New Jersey. Panelists will also provide an overview of efforts already underway in New Jersey to build communities that are livable for people of all ages.

Location: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Avenue, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Webinar: Creative placemaking on vacant properties

August 23, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

From Center for Community Progress

What is “creative placemaking,” and how can it be used to support the equitable revitalization of vacant properties? In this webinar, we will discuss how arts and culture can be integrated into community planning and development, and highlight key findings from the new report, Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities. The report explores how four cities – Kalamazoo, Michigan; Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania; Newburgh, New York; and Macon, Georgia – used creative placemaking on vacant properties, and details the impacts of their efforts, challenges faced, and lessons learned. By the end of the webinar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of creative placemaking, how it can be used as a tool to revitalize vacant properties, and strategies to engage residents and other local stakeholders in crafting and implementing successful projects.

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Webinar: Success through local leadership

August 29, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

This webinar follows the story of the Gunnison Vibrancy Initiative, a community-led effort to build a more vibrant downtown. Knowing that a strong downtown needs strong community leaders, the Gunnison Vibrancy Initiative took a unique approach to the planning process that focused on learning and team building first. This resulted in a team of 28 local leaders from throughout the community, stepping up to take charge of the process and move forward with creating a vibrant downtown.

Eligible for 1 AICP CM credit from the American Planning Association, event #9156640

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DOT’s Municipal Aid: Look Beneath the (Re)Surface for Innovative Uses

Friday, August 17th, 2018

The NJDOT Municipal Aid program can be used for much more than road resurfacing. Municipalities interested in a variety of roadway upgrades should get their applications in by the Oct. 8 deadline.

Are the Suburbs Back? Depends On How You Define ‘Suburb’

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Are recent reports highlighting a resurgence in population growth in the suburbs accurate? It depends on how you define “suburb.” But maybe we should focus more on characteristics than location.

Webinar: Transforming your streetlighting

August 15, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Join Signify for a virtual lunchtime conversation on August 15. We’ll share how you can transform your city’s streetlighting to deliver the most value to citizens. We’ll share insights from across the country with CityTouch on how LEDs and controls have delivered energy savings, operational benefits and opportunities to leverage the Internet of Things for uses cases beyond lighting.

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Intro to Brownfields Finance Webcourse

September 26, 2018 12:00 pmtoSeptember 27, 2018 5:00 pm

The Intro Brownfields Finance Webcourse is the industry’s only comprehensive training curriculum that helps economic developers, policy makers and real estate professionals understand and master the financing strategies for the lifecycle of a brownfield property. During this course, attendees will walk through the entire brownfields redevelopment process from understanding the basics of brownfields and legal and regulatory challenges to unearthing the myriad financing tools available to both clean-up and build-up these contaminated or polluted sites.

Location: online

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NJ League of Municipalities Conference

November 13, 2018 9:00 amtoNovember 15, 2018 3:00 pm

Each year, the League Conference offers more than 100 educational sessions covering topics from the basics of municipal operations to more advanced approaches to technical issues. For the current list of sessions, visit the sessions page.

In addition to dozens of League sessions approved for CEUs, NJLM’s 21 Affiliated Associations are also producing sessions approved for CEUs.

There are also Exhibitor Learning Sessions sponsored by exhibitors and open to all conference delegates.

Location: Atlantic City Convention Center

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Navigating Change in Your Downtown

November 13, 2018
3:45 pmto4:45 pm

This Downtown New Jersey panel is part of the League of Municipalities conference.

Managed districts, including Business or Special Improvement Districts (BID or SID) can help your downtown navigate changes in market demand brought on by shifts in demographics and consumer preferences. Whether you are looking to strengthen your existing BID or SID, or start a new one, this session will guide you through the key characteristics of a high functioning organization. We will begin with an overview of BID governance, oversight, transparency, and collaboration and partnerships with DCA and municipalities. Panelists will then discuss and provide examples of successful marketing, business attraction, and programming initiatives, which are the main functions of a BID or a SID.

Location: Atlantic City Convention Center

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Asset Management Next Steps: Analyzing Your Data and Simple Mapping Techniques

August 23, 2018
9:00 amto4:30 pm

Have you attended an introductory asset management workshop in the past? Have you read about asset management? Do you know the basics but not what to do next? If so, this workshop is for you. Southwest Environmental Finance Center will examine the next steps you can take in your asset management journey.

Location: Thomas Edison State University, 301 State Street, Trenton NJ

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