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Wendy Neu To Receive New Jersey Future’s Cary Edwards Leadership Award

TRENTON, April 9, 2019 –New Jersey Future today announced that Wendy Kelman Neu, the chairwoman and chief executive officer of the Hugo Neu Corporation, will be honored with the organization’s 2019 W. Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

The award is presented each year at the New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards celebration to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving quality of life and promoting smart, sustainable growth in New Jersey.

“Wendy Neu as an entrepreneur has focused on social and environmental sustainability and justice, not in addition to business success but as integral to it,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “If you look at Kearny Point, you see so much more than a real estate development — it’s a job training center, an incubator for minority- and women-owned businesses, an innovative, future-facing repurposing of buildings that could easily have been knocked down after Hurricane Sandy, and a series of climate-resilient public amenities including an amphitheater and a waterfront park. Kearny Point is a success precisely because of Wendy’s commitment to sustainability and justice. She is a model of how to create a ‘positive wake’ of better land-use practices and better business practices that will last for generations to come. We’re thrilled to present her with this award.”

Ms. Neu will be honored along with the Smart Growth Award project winners at the celebration on Wednesday, June 5, at the Newark Museum.

2019 Smart Growth Award Winners

Walker House, Newark
A landmarked Art Deco office building repurposed to bring new mixed-income housing to the heart of downtown

Primary Partners: Citi Community Capital; Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group;L+M Development Partners; Prudential, Inc.

Mercer County Community College, Trenton
Reactivation of a group of long-dormant buildings in an overlooked part of the city, with amenities to serve both students and residents

Primary Partners: City of Trenton; Clarke Caton Hintz; Mercer County Community College; Mercer County

Second Street Youth Center, Plainfield
The first new facility of its kind in more than a decade, constructed on formerly blighted land to provide services and support to families in a historically underserved neighborhood.

Primary Partners: City of Plainfield; J.G. Petrucci Company, Inc.; Second Street Youth Center; TD+Partners

Lawrence Hopewell Trail
A 22-mile walking and cycling trail connecting a variety of destinations, the result of a broad volunteer collaboration among community leaders, area employers, and local residents

Primary Partners: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Mercer County; Township of Lawrence; Township of Hopewell; Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation; ETS

People’s Bank Building, Passaic
Repurposing of a vacant Art Deco building into an office and retail anchor to catalyze job creation in a central location in a revitalizing urban downtown

Primary Partners: City of Passaic; The Hanini Group LLC; Low Income Investment Fund; New Jersey Community Capital

Sustainability, Resiliency, Equity: A Plan for Hoboken’s Future Growth
The culmination of a year-long process to update the city’s guiding land-use documents to support growth, preservation and resilience initiatives over the next decade

Primary Partners: BFJ Planning; City of Hoboken Department of Community Development; City of Hoboken Planning Board

Ironside Newark
Transformation of a long-vacant warehouse into a 21st-century office and retail destination with direct connections to transit, open space and nearby attractions

Primary Partners: Edison Properties, LLC; City of Newark; Newark Community Economic Development Corporation; Perkins Eastman

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