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New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan

Join New Jersey Future, Regional Plan Association and Together North Jersey for an important discussion with thought leaders to bring forward the next generation of “big ideas” to enhance prosperity, livability, and environmental sustainability in the tri-state region. The event is part of creating RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan, whose predecessor, the Third Regional Plan, helped lead to the preservation of the New Jersey Highlands, regional rail improvements and the redevelopment of Governor’s Island into a park.

RPA-4RP-Hoopla-Avatar-1Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

(The conference will start promptly at 8:30 AM,
so please plan on arriving a few minutes early.)

Seton Hall University School of Law
Larson Auditorium
One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102

The New Jersey Conference is free and open to the interested public, but registration is required. Get ready to bring your big ideas for guiding the future of our tri-state region.

The conference has been approved for 2.5 AICP CM credits. We have applied for NJ CLE credits.

Meet the Panel:

StaciBergerSTACI BERGER is the President and CEO of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. The Network is the statewide association of housing and community development organizations, working to improve housing choices and economic opportunities for all NJ residents. It engages in policy and advocacy work, provides technical assistance and training, and conducts research and innovation in the community development field. Each member-organization fills a different niche but all share a common goal: To make sure that every individual has a safe place to live and a job at a living wage.

dmb headshotDENNIS BONE is the inaugural director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship located in the School of Business at Montclair State University. Dennis retired in the summer of 2012 from Verizon New Jersey Inc., where he served as President and CEO for more than a dozen years. His 33-year career at Verizon and its predecessor companies challenged him with numerous assignments and responsibilities across many organizations. Overseeing one of the largest companies in the state, Dennis helped guide Verizon through unprecedented advances in telecommunications technologies.

Wilda DiazHON. WILDA DIAZ is the first woman to serve as mayor of Perth Amboy and currently the only elected Latina mayor in the State of New Jersey. She also currently serves as the chairwoman for the Perth Amboy Redevelopment Agency. In 2013 following Supertorm Sandy, Mayor Diaz created the Waterfront Recovery and Redevelopment Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on how best to approach recovery, repair and future strategic renewal of the Perth Amboy waterfront. She is a dedicated community activist and advocate for local business growth in the city. She was named by El Diario La Prensa as one of their Outstanding Women of 2012 and was one of four female mayors profiled in Real Simple magazine.

florio_james-j-150x150HON. JAMES J. FLORIO is the founding partner at Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader and serves as chair of his firm’s Environmental Group as well as the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group. He is a senior policy fellow for public policy and administration at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he previously served as a university professor. As the governor of New Jersey from 1990 through 1994, he was responsible for signing into law the Clean Water Enforcement Act (1990), one of the strongest environmental laws of its type in the nation. He also signed the Quality Education Act, which provided greater equity in New Jersey’s school finance system, a landmark welfare reform package, a health care cost-reduction program and the nation’s toughest assault weapons ban.

Register for the New Jersey Conference.

Thank you to our sponsor and partners:


American Planning Association-NJ Chapter • American Society of Landscape Architects-NJ
Downtown NJ • Housing & Community Development Network of NJ • Fair Share Housing Center
NAIOP-NJ • NJ Bike and Walk Coalition • NJ Chamber of Commerce • NJ Conservation Foundation
NJ League of Conservation Voters • NJ State League of Municipalities
NJ Urban Mayors Association • NY/NJ Baykeeper • Sustainable Jersey
Tri-State Transportation Campaign • Urban Land Institute-Northern NJ

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