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2014 CNU Summit for Transportation Reform

October 1, 2014toOctober 3, 2014
October 1, 2014toOctober 3, 2014

The CNU Summit for Transportation Reform annual summit brings together planners, designers, engineers and public officials committed to creating and advancing transportation standards and policies that support urbanism and promote equity and equitable development. This year’s summit, Equity + Transportation, will focus on the interaction between equity and transportation and how we can redefine transportation standards to support safe, vibrant and equitable streets. RPA will be leading a workshop on equitable transit-oriented development in New York City. Additional speakers include NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and walkability expert Dan Burden.


Location: The Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
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Panel Discussion: Best Practices in Regional Transit Governance

October 8, 2014
9:00 amto11:00 am

Join us for a panel discussion, “Best Practices in Regional Transit Governance,” co-hosted by RPA, Eno Center for Transportation and TransitCenter. The discussion will focus on strategies adopted by urban transit agencies to secure funding, sustain equitable and effective service patterns and encourage economic growth. The event accompanies the release of a report on regional transit governance. Panelists include: Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chairman & CEO; Beverly Scott, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager & CEO; Robert Paaswell, CUNY Professor; Christopher Ward, Dragados USA Executive Vice President for Major Projects.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Baruch College, William & Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th St, New York, NY 10010, 9 AM – 11 AM

Limited seating, reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, please visit

NJ Appleseed Public Policy Forum

October 9, 2014
8:15 amto4:45 pm

Upcoming NJ Appleseed Conference: Embedding Sustainable Development & Land Use into Public Policy


Development in New Jersey is a hot-button issue, with strong feelings on both sides. Some believe it is out of control, and cite strip malls springing up almost overnight, and mass numbers of townhomes covering the once-pristine suburban hillsides. Others argue that development brings jobs and other tangible benefits, and is key to the State’s economic future. Like it or not, development in New Jersey is here to stay. But can development be a force for good? Can we lessen the environmental impact, or better yet, reinforce overall sustainability and resiliency in New Jersey communities, create more affordable homes for our citizens, and stabilize neighborhoods?

At this New Jersey Appleseed Public Policy Forum we will explore efficient and ethical land use policies, discuss private sector concerns and ways to address opposition, focus on how implementing ‘green’ can impact the bottom line, look at the ways that affordable housing can help create sustainable, safe, and strong communities, and examine strategies to reduce risk from new policies, among other important issues.

We hope you will join us on October 9 at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark for a full day of interactive discussions.

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NJRA Redevelopment Planning Law Workshop

October 9, 2014
9:30 amto4:30 pm
October 10, 2014
9:30 amto4:30 pm

Annual NJRA Redevelopment Planning Law

Redevelopment Planning Law
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ  08608
9:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m
October 9-10

Cost: $199

Plan to attend the Annual NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute Redevelopment Planning discussion.  This 2-day workshop will feature a faculty with many of the top planners, attorneys, government officials and consultants from the New Jersey redevelopment arena who will share their real world redevelopment experiences. This class room style discussion will bring you into the fold of real issues, real challenges, and real solutions to redevelopment. All are welcome to attend this once a year conversation. If you are an Attorney or Planner this 2-day session qualifies for 12 CLE and 12 CM credits respectively. Seats are limited…register now!

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Policy Briefing: The Future of Preservation Funding

October 10, 2014
8:30 amto10:30 am

Policy Briefing: The Future of Preservation Funding

October 10, 2014
8:00 to 10:30 AM
D&R Greenway Land Trust
One Preservation Place
, NJ 08540


The referendum for a stable source of open space funding barely made it onto the November ballot. Tom Gilbert, Keep It Green will describe what the referendum means and what needs to be done to ensure its passage. Other speakers will discuss the importance of open space for healthy communities and the status of Green and Blue Acres funding. The second panel will discuss surprising incentives for land owners to preserve land as well as measures that can be taken to encourage land owners to preserve land. Issues around the challenges and opportunities in preserving urban lands will also be highlighted.

New Brunswick Ciclovia

October 12, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm

A community-wide event that supports active lifestyles to improve health and promote wellness, celebrate community, and galvanize our City’s diverse organizations, institutions and businesses around a shared vision.

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NJ SEED Economic Summit

October 16, 2014 6:00 pmtoOctober 17, 2014 1:00 pm

100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Start: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

End: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

More information and registration.


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Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

October 16, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
Save the date:
25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner for the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

Policy Briefing: Alternatives to COAH

October 17, 2014
8:30 amto11:30 am

Policy Briefing: Reshaping New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Policies:

Alternatives to COAH

October 17, 2014
8:30 to 11:30 AM

Featuring National Housing Expert:

Author of Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy and a co-editor of

Critical Perspectives on Housing and

A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda.  


More information and registration. 

Integrated Stormwater/Wastewater Planning Workshop

October 23, 2014
11:00 amto3:00 pm

Have you or your community considered an integrated-planning approach to addressing stormwater and wastewater issues? Are you a separate or a combined sewer community? Would you simply like to learn more about what integrated planning is, how others are using it, and how you might too? The looming regulatory mandate for combined-sewer system long-term control plans presents an opportunity to focus attention on the full suite of New Jersey’s urban water infrastructure challenges – including how to leverage integrated planning.

Join the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (AEANJ) for an Integrated Planning Workshop in Newark, N.J. This Workshop will be a facilitated discussion among key U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters staff, EPA Region 2 staff, New Jersey state regulators and utility and municipal stakeholders on using the EPA’s Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework to meet Clean Water Act obligations. Additional resources on integrated planning, like EPA’s recently released Frequently Asked Questions document, can be found on NACWA’s website.

There is no fee for the workshop, but we ask that you confirm your plans to attend by registering. If you would like to recommend issues for discussion, or require additional information regarding this workshop, please contact Brenna Mannion  (bmannionatnacwadotorg)   by Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

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