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!
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:
After settling in Jersey City from Brazil, Duda Penteado’s story is a very personal one. As a fine artist living in Jersey City during the 9/11 attacks and America in it’s aftermath, Duda made a large body of celebrated works of art reflecting these events. From museum installations to memorials made of actual steel from the Twin Towers, his art looks at this difficult piece of history through the eye of someone who experienced it from a very close distance. Learn about his process and why Jersey City is his home.
Of course you are… or would like to be. There is a wonderful host of companies and individuals gathered to present at the upcoming JCS on Economic Development, Placemaking and Innovation… Will you be there?
In reviewing the schedule and program, you will see there is a special emphasis regarding STEAM, ARTS, Economic Development, SID and Creative Culture, and not to mention Place-Based Transportation and more.
Please take the time to scroll through the details… enjoy and register.
An unusual gathering takes place next Wednesday, March 23rd at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network (NJRHT) have combined forces to create a symposium on Continue reading Tourism, Transportation and Workforce Development