On March 14, Board Member Leah Yasenchak attended the 2014 NJ Future Forum in New Brunswick. NJ Future is a nonprofit organization that conducts research and advocacy for responsible land use policies—definitely a kindred spirit to EDANJ. While primarily a planning organization, economic development professionals felt right at home in many of the sessions. From the morning plenary that looked at downtown revitalization projects in Providence, RI; Cincinnati, OH; and Detroit, MI to the lunch speaker Seth Pinsky, former president of the New York City Economic Development Council, an ongoing focus of the event was on economic development. With over 500 attendees from a diverse cross section of organizations that include local, county, state and federal government representatives; non-profits; developers; utilities; attorneys; and consultants, the event offered plenty of opportunities for networking. It was a great opportunity to step back, talk to divergent perspectives, and think about how to move the state forward in topics as diverse as energy resiliency, downtown development, green infrastructure, COAH, and many other topics.
New programs are attracting businesses big and small to New Jersey's battered cities and aging suburban office parks, but questions remain. Three months after the biggest reforms to the state’s business attraction and retention policies went into effect, supporters of the new programs are hailing their early successes with phrases like "dramatic sea change." These advocates -- which include real estate attorneys, brokers, and development professionals -- may have good reason to believe that the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (EO13) is working as planned. In fact, they may have 63 of them.
At our Recent EDANJ/NEDA Networking Event, Caren Franzini of Franzini Consulting LLC (and former CEO of New Jersey's state Economic Development Authority) about innovative economic development programs and solutions used in CT, DE, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, and VT. Ms. Franzini stressed that the programs shared the following common themes: developing creative financing and program solutions to encourage development based on the needs of the state's customers.
EDANJ President Mike Sylvester, Executive Vice President at Betts Environmental, and Board Member Sharon McSwieney, Senior Project Manager at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., participated on an expert panel entitled “Getting Deals Done in the New Environmental Age” for Commercial and Real Estate Women of New Jersey (CREWNJ) on March 13, 2014 at the Parsippany Hilton.
Some Notes from the 5th Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop held March 5, 2014 in Jersey City at Liberty Science Center. EDANJ was a partnering organization for the Workshop, known as NSCW, which featured a thought-provoking afternoon plenary on building a resilient future. Learn more about the 12 sessions here...
Congratulations to EDANJ’s newest member: Ben Nachsin, Senior Account Executive, Business Facilities, Tinton Falls, NJ. Ben attended the March 6, 2014 networking event with NEDA and won the business card drawing for a free annual membership. Congratulations, Ben!