All posts by Suzanne Ishee

Suzanne is President of the Center for Creative Placemaking and is a career theatre artist. She is multi-award honored theatre practitioner who applies her arts broadly through Creative Placemaking and real estate consulting. She is a member of the Creative Culture Task Force of Sustainable Jersey, the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Initiative, co-chair of Together North Jersey's Livable Task Force, Morris Canal Redevelopment Working Group, Actors Equity Association and the Dramatist Guild.

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Creative Placemaking Certification

Fall Certificate in Creative Placemaking Scheduled

Building on the success of last Fall’s Certificate in Creative Placemaking course of study at NJIT, course dates are set for Fall, 2019.  Classes on the NJIT campus begin on Sept. 9th with course completion and graduation on Dec. 20th.

In other words, you can earn your Professional Certificate in Creative Placemaking by the end of this year!  Our inaugural class of graduates have already become the “go-to” change-agents in their communities.  You’ll be all set to join them at the the top of 2020!

 

To link to the course page,click here!
If you have questions, email  CCP or contact by phone at: 973-869-9748

New Jersey-Meet your newly Certified Creative Placemakers!

From the time I was in elementary school, my favorite time of the year was ‘class photo” day!  I loved these portraits of my fellow classmates and our teacher taken near the end of the school year, and I still have a number of them in my photo albums.  They make me smile every time I look at them and I continually challenge myself to see how many  names I remember.

My all-time favorite photo in my collection, however, will be the one you see here.  I won’t ever forget the names of these people and neither should you!

Bottom L-R, Gillian Sargeant-Allen, Tamara Contreras, Me (Lead faculty), Kaitlin Bundy
Top L-R-Susan Lazzari, Stephanie Neal, Pamela Daniels, Colette Santasieri (Core Faculty), Mark Cheatam

Nothing has given me more pride than to award certificates for successful completion of our rigorous course of study and launch of their individually designed local community initiatives.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with these extraordinarily dedicated and committed individuals who are already “doing New Jersey proud!”  In coming weeks, we will showcase the creativity and passion as change-agents through the diverse initiatives that they are undertaking.

In meantime, I hope you will  join me in saying “BRAVO” to these community champions.  They are ready to lead Creative Placemaking efforts in localities across our state and beyond!

Suzanne

Welcome 2019!

2018 was a year for the Center for Creative Placemaking to make many strides toward our mission of advancing the field of practice of Creative Placemaking.  Through workshops, consulting, leadership and engagement opportunities, we have forged new relationships and are collaborating to see positive results in NJ and the northeast!

Without doubt, the most significant achievement was the launch of the Certificate in Creative Placemaking at NJIT.  Eight dedicated diverse sector professionals from around our state came together 2 nights a week from mid-September through early December to Continue reading Welcome 2019!

Less than 2 weeks left!

There are less than 2 weeks left to register for your Certificate in Creative Placemaking course of study at NJIT.  The inaugural class of this exciting program is filling quickly and there are only 3 seats left!  Join this intimate class of cross-sector early, mid-career and change career professionals led by an outstanding faculty cohort of Creative Placemaking-related experts. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to achieve your professional Certificate in Creative Placemaking before the end of 2018!  This course will not be offered again
until Fall, 2019. 


For further information contact: 
info@CenterForCreativePlacemaking.com
You may register for the course here before Sept. 10th. 

Is Creative Placemaking a good fit for Opportunity Zone planning?

 

Recently, through approval by the General Assembly and Governor Murphy, 169 census tracts in New Jersey were designated Opportunity Zones (OZs).  The identified OZs are located in municipalities across the state.  These are areas where the state would like to direct growth and that have some market potential to attract the kind of private investments that will help these communities become less distressed over time.

In “The Hill.com,” John Lettieri and Steve Glickman of the Economic Innovation Group opine that Local leadership is key for successful Opportunity Zones

The primary goal of Opportunity Zones is to encourage long-term equity investments in struggling communities, many of which have been excluded from the benefits of the national economic expansion in recent years. The recent stock market boom and prolonged period of record corporate profitability have resulted in a massive stockpile of unrealized capital gains wealth — over $6 trillion in corporate and individual holdings as of the end of 2017, according to our analysis of Federal Reserve data.

Because of Opportunity Zones, investors are now incentivized to reinvest those dollars into capital-starved, low-income communities. And, because investors are exclusively using their own capital without any up-front subsidy, there is no cap on how much capital can be put to work rebuilding communities. It is a nationally scalable incentive.

 

NJ Future recently analyzed existing data for the 169 NJ opportunity zones and found some interesting statistics:

Continue reading Is Creative Placemaking a good fit for Opportunity Zone planning?