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Archive for May, 2019

ArtsTank Creative Placemaking Conference

May 29, 2019
9:30 amto5:00 pm

South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA) invites you to attend the ArtsTank Creative Placemaking Conference. The event is comprised of the ArtsTank Competition, Financing Creative Placemaking presentation, and an Atlantic City Mural Tour. Attendees can enjoy the full day, or chose to take part in specific portions of the event.

The morning presentation on Financing Creative Placemaking by Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, will be followed by a networking lunch, and the ArtsTank Competition. There is also an optional add-on, hour-long, mural tour of Atlantic City, given by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

Location: Stockton University – Noyes Art Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Green Infrastructure Tour & Picnic with RU Cooperative Extension

July 15, 2019
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Join the LRWP and Middlesex County Water Resources Association on July 15 for a picnic and tour of green infrastructure and detention basins in Middlesex County with Rutgers County Extension Agent Michele Bakacs and Rutgers Doctoral Student and plant expert Kate Douthat. (Space limited, RSVP required)

Location: Gather at Middlesex County’s Thompson Park (Monroe Township)

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Climate Resilient Municipalities: Controlling Stormwater, Protecting Streams & Maintaining Water Quality

May 16, 2019
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Climate change means more rain and extreme weather for New Jersey. Learn how the increased precipitation is affecting stormwater infrastructure and water quality and the financial cost to your municipality. Have your questions answered about the new stormwater utilities, stricter state limits on stormwater runoff and ways to use green infrastructure to reduce stormwater and save your municipality money.

Location: Clarence Dillon Public Library, 2336 Lamington Rd., Bedminster Twp.

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Transit Hub Guidebook Workshop

June 6, 2019
8:30 amto12:30 pm

Hosted by Together North Jersey

Revitalizing areas around transit stations can help connect a community’s businesses, public spaces, residential areas and public transportation resources. But taking on such a project can be a major challenge. The Together North Jersey (TNJ) Efficient Task Force, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and Rutgers University’s Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) have developed a new resource to help communities interested in creating a vibrant transit hub. This workshop will explore how you can use The Guidebook for Developing Transit Hub Strategic Plans to improve your community.

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, 1085 Raymond Boulevard, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

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Downtown Management Roundtable

June 14, 2019
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Join Downtown New Jersey for its quarterly quarterly round table discussion. The round table is an opportunity for downtown managers, economic development professionals, and public officials to network and exchange ideas about hot topics in downtown economic development. (Due to limited space, registration is required.)

Location: Ocean First Bank Headquarters, 110 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Is New Jersey’s Water Safe to Drink?

May 14, 2019
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Ingrid Reed is joined by a panel of experts, including Commissioner Catherine McCabe of the NJDEP, to discuss whether the water in New Jersey is safe to drink. While having clean water to drink has not been a concern for most people in the state, aging infrastructure and climate-change issues are raising new concerns.

Panelists who will identify the problems and how they are being addressed include:

Catherine McCabe, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, joined Governor Murphy’s cabinet after serving in leadership roles in federal environmental programs. A lawyer with a science background, she most recently was deputy administrator of EPA Region 2 covering New York and New Jersey.

Chris Sturm, managing director of water and policy for New Jersey Future where she leads a team working to transform the state’s drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems by engaging people, changing state policy, and fostering innovation;

Daniel Van Abs, Rutgers University associate professor of practice for water, science and environment who has over 36 years experience in water resources management and planning in state government, academia and non-profit organizations;

Ingrid Reed is is retired director of the New Jersey Project of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Location: Community Room of the Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ

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Job Growth Finally Following Population to Compact Centers

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Even as population growth has moved back to compact, walkable places since 2008, job growth initially continued to occur in low-density suburban locations. The latest numbers from the state Department of Labor show that, starting in 2014, that trend has reversed.

Community Solar Pilot Program Now Accepting Applications

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

New Jersey’s first community solar pilot program is now accepting applications. The program allows those who might not be able to install solar panels on their own roofs to participate in the benefits of solar energy.

Creative Urban Design

May 16, 2019
1:30 pm

Outdoor spaces that are designed to foster creative activity can attract and retain more people over many hours. This can improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and freedom and belonging in your community. This workshop explores how to design outdoor spaces to achieve distinct purposes – such as performances, exhibitions, co-creation, individual creation, or meditation/inspiration. Participants will also learn how to design art-ful spaces to enhance circulation and civic engagement.

Location: ValleyArts New Jersey, 400 South Jefferson St., Orange, NJ, 07050

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