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New Jersey Future and APA New Jersey Host the 2021 Planning and Redevelopment Conference


New Jersey Future and the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2021 Planning and Redevelopment Conference, June 10 and 11, is a two-day virtual conference focused on all aspects of redevelopment and planning in New Jersey. In the most intensively-developed state in the nation, redevelopment is increasingly becoming the default method for accommodating New Jersey’s growth, and brings economic benefit to its already-built places while helping to preserve its precious open-space resources. The conference brings together bold ideas, innovative solutions, proven concepts, and best practices for creating better, more inclusive, and equitable places where people live, work, and play.


  • Jeffrey Otteau, Managing Partner, Chief Economist, Otteau Group, Inc.
  • Shawn LaTourette, Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Timothy Sullivan, CEO, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Joseph Fiordaliso, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • Jeff Brown, Executive Director, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission
  • Daniel Benson, Assemblyman, New Jersey General Assembly
  • Howard Burrell, Mayor, Vernon Township
  • Jane Cohen, Director, Climate Action and the Green Economy, Office of the Governor
  • Sheena Collum, Mayor, South Orange Village
  • Calvin Gladney, President & CEO, Smart Growth America
  • Olivia Glenn, Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Justice & Equity, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Janice Kovach, Mayor, Town of Clinton
  • Adrian Mapp, Mayor, City of Plainfield
  • Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
  • Andre Sayegh, Mayor, City of Paterson
  • Michael Stanzilis, Mayor, Borough of Mount Arlington
  • Tiffany Worthy, Mayor, Willingboro Township

See the agenda for speaker times. View the full speaker list here.


9:00am to 4:15pm on Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11.

Featured sessions include:

  • All Boats Rise: Investing in Climate Resilience and Communities (June 10, 9:15am), featuring Shawn LaTourette, Acting Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Joseph Fiordaliso, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Jane Cohen, Director of the Office of Climate Change and the Green Economy; and Kathleen Ellis, CEO of Kathleen Ellis Strategic Solutions LLC. This panel will outline the important role that planning and redevelopment play within the Murphy Administration’s climate change goals.
  • Incorporating Climate Change: It’s the Law (June 11, 10:45am), featuring Anthony Merchantante, Middleton Township Administrator; Jessica Jahre, Senior Planner at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Jon Drill, Member at Stickel, Koenig, Sullivan & Drill, LLC; Leah Yasenchak, Principal at BRS, Inc.; and Stan Slachetka, Group Manager at T&M Associates. This panel will explore how towns can use vulnerability assessments to prepare for climate change threats.
  • Geography of Equity and Inclusion: The Big Picture (June 10, 12:15pm), featuring Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America; Christain Estevez, President of the Latino Action Network; Christopher Brown, Director of Community Development for the City of Hoboken; David Trout, Professor of Law at Rutgers University; Eric Dobson, Deputy Director of Fair Share Housing Center; Joseph Maraziti, Partner at Maraziti Falcon LLC; Peter Kasabach, Executive Director of New Jersey Future; and Renee Reynolds. Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign. National and state leaders will discuss what a geography of equity and inclusion would look like and how we might get there.
  • The Future of New Jersey: An Economic Forecast (June 11, 9:00am), featuring Jeffrey Otteau, Managing Partner and Chief Economist at the Otteau Group, Inc. This session will explore the long-term consequences of the pandemic on commerce, housing demand, commuting patterns, and real estate development.
  • Municipal Approach to Racial and Economic Inclusion (June 11, 12:15pm), featuring Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh; Barbara George Johnson, Vice President of the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean University; Vernon Mayor Howard Burrell; Marc Morial, President & CEO of National Urban League; and Willingboro Mayor Tiffany Worthy. Elected officials will explore how racial and economic segregation impact our towns and their land use decision-making.


This is a virtual event. For press access, contact Missy Rebovich  (mrebovichatnjfuturedotorg)  .

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