Category Archives: Workshops/Seminars

Announcing a New Course: Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals

Creative Placemaking is emerging as one of the most comprehensive and vital approaches to local development.   In partnership with community stakeholders, artists and cultural workers collaborate on planning in order to create places of vibrancy.  Creative places provide sustainable and improved quality of life for its businesses and residents.

The Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College is pleased to offer a professional training workshop designed for real estate professionals to help them become local leaders for Creative Placemaking Planning.   Realtors are critical to local development efforts and have the ability to influence significant investment action in their communities.   Realtors are uniquely positioned as the local market experts; and real estate developers and property managers are integral to municipalities’ creative placemaking planning and execution.   This program is targeted to professionals who are interested in or are already peripherally engaged in creative placemaking work.

Creative Placemaking Planning training will include a broad overview of what creative placemaking is and why this approach is so effective for sustainable development towards increasing community vibrancy, social equity and economic growth.   This training will help the real estate professional to:

  • Become a leader in helping to increase the value of the properties in their community
  • Become a leader in helping to improve the quality of life in their community
  • Learn how to foster cross-sector dialogue
  • Assemble the players for or become an integral part of an existing creative placemaking team
  • Be seen as both an expert and practitioner in engaging in placemaking

Real estate professionals will learn how to use their skill sets and resources to:

  • Analyze neighborhood, municipality, regional and national data to inform Creative Placemaking community planning.
  • Serve their consumer base which is desirous of living and working in places of quality. Realtors have the special ability to tell a story that creates excitement and action.
  • Apply their expertise in marketing in order to exert significant influence in the market place.

Through this course, we will also examine how to foster important financial, legal, construction, design, and trade relationships, all of which can contribute to a municipality’s success with and sustainability for their creative placemaking projects.

This course was developed by CCP team members who are licensed NJ realtors and have amassed broad based knowledge with both commercial and residential real estate.  In addition, these team members have extensive career practice in the fields of arts and culture as well as economic development.  The cross cultural approach instilled in Bloomfield College ensures that real estate leader trainees recognize the importance of diverse and inclusionary representation in creative placemaking endeavors

Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals

Day-Long Workshop—October 8, 2014 at Bloomfield College Library Room 205 (limited seating)

Registration Opens – August 25, 2014 at

To add your name to our wait list, email

Join CCP at the Downtown NJ Conference on Sept. 12

2014 Annual Conference, September 12, 2014
“How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!

We are pleased to participate in this year’s Downtown New Jersey, Inc. (DNJ) conference — “How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!” focusing on programs, initiatives and creative ways to improve the economic vitality of the downtown retail environment.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ from 8 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to the two conference sessions and a special counseling session with Dr. Downtown, we have set aside ample time for attendees to visit our sponsor exhibits.

The special invited luncheon speaker is the Honorable U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is a recognized national statesman and a huge supporter of downtown growth and economic revitalization. Given the current economy and the highly energized topic of creative placemaking, we believe this year’s event will attract a much larger audience than usual.

DNJ’s annual conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network with public officials, real estate and legal professionals, developers, business and property owners, industry leaders, community volunteers and downtown managers in an informative and dynamic atmosphere.

CCP board members will be speaking and mingling at this conerence — please say hello!

Click here to register for Conference

CCP Provides Leadership for Sustainable Jersey Free Webinar on 04/23/14

President and Board Chair, Suzanne Ishee, will lead a webinar on the Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture creative placemaking action steps on April 24 from 1-2.  There are currently 409 New Jersey municipalities who participate in Sustainable Jersey’s certification program, and there are 173 actions from which towns can choose as they work toward certification.  The  Arts and Creative Culture actions are relatively new to the program and during the webinar,  the steps to complete these actions will be reviewed.  We will elaborate on why the creative placemaking approach is such a powerful planning model for social and economic development.

Suzanne has invited two guests to join her who will discuss very different scenarios to the creative placemaking activities which are taking place in their communities.  Mary Eileen Fouratt, Executive Director of the Monmouth County Arts Council, will talk about the dynamic public private partnership, the MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership, and how it is able to leverage assets and bring people from across sectors together to help arts and creativity thrive, diversify local economies and enhance quality of life and social opportunity in the coastal and bayshore region along NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast line and the Garden State Parkway.

Vicki Gaudier, Chair of the Bordentown Creative Team will address the processes, challenges and outcomes in establishing a Creative Team for the City of Bordentown.  She will speak about ways to find people who are willing to work and actively participate in developing a Creative Assets Inventory and their anticipation that the inventory will provide a resource to assist with social and economic development in this small Burlington County town.

For further information and to register for this free event, visit:


CCP at Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting 4/7/14

CCP at Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting 4/7/14

Join us on April 7 at 10 AM for Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting where CCP President and Chair, Suzanne Ishee moderates a seminar on “Leveraging Your Arts and Historical Assets to Attract More Visitors and Attention.” Panelists will include, Joseph Barris, Assistant Director of Planning for Monmouth County and CCP Founding Board Member, Jim Hickey, Jersey Shore CVB and Chairman of the MOCO Arts Partnership and Paul Hart, Executive Director of the Tuckerton Seaport.

Join us at Downtown NJ March 21

Please join us on March 21, 2014  for a presentation by Suzanne Ishee and Marion Terenzio, from the Center for Creative Placemaking, Bloomfield College to Downtown NJ

Creative Placemaking….You’ve heard the buzz, now find out what it is and how it can support the economic development of your community.

  • Learn more about Creative Placemaking and why this approach to planning is a powerful model for sustainable social and economic development.
  • Hear about the dynamic evaluation model in development by CCP,  which can help your community stakeholders make the best decisions about where to focus time, energy and resources for the greatest impact (or the most significant change).
  • See how this process builds on your existing data to demonstrate effective change and goal attainment.

DNJ Board Meeting and Program 

9:00am-10:15 Board meeting

10:15-11:00 Presentation

Location: Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis
99 Wood St., Iselin, NJ 08030 (732) 549-5600

More info: DNJ–CCP FlyerMarch2014