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How’s the job market for Creative Placemakers?

In a quick check-in yesterday on one of the popular job search sites; I noted that there were 43 job openings for those with knowledge, skills and experience in Creative Placemaking.  Now 43 job openings on a particular day may not seem like much of a statistic to support the contention that the Creative Placemaking field of practice is growing, however, I conducted this same quick check-in exactly a year ago.  At that time, there were only 4 such job openings.  Viewed this way, it’s a 975% increase in a year’s time!

Furthermore, I was impressed by the multiple professional sectors which sought Creative Placemakers.  Look at how diverse these job titles are:  Senior interior designer and space planner; Landscape Architecture designer; Neighborhood Organizer; Environmental Manager; Regional Planner; VP of Real Estate and Community Development; Experiential Designer; Corridor Revitalization Coordinator; Parks Program Director; Community Arts Manager; Project Designer; Court Coordinator of Placemaking and Workforce Development; Smart World Coordinator; Senior Urban Planner; Economic and Demographic Analyst; Transportation Coordinator;  Assistant Director; Housing & Local Planning; Assistant Professor in Community Development Planning; Senior Land Use Planner; Studio Director; Urban Design and Planning Project Associate; Strategic Initiatives Advisor; Director of Experience; Assistant Director for Arts Programming; Events Director; Program Manager – Cool Schools Community Parks; Foundation Program Officer; Development and Communications Manager; Community Arts Intern; Community Coordinator VISTA.

None of this is likely to be surprising information for those of us who are practitioners in the field.  However, it is supportive statistical proof that there is a growing desire for professionals educated in the field as well as a growing recognition among increasing sectors of the value of Creative Placemaking professionals.

 

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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

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?

Jersey City Cultural Leader: Public Art Specialist, Duda Penteado

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.

Registration Open for the Exciting Jersey City Summit

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Dear Summiteers:

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.