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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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Spotlight on NJ’s Creative Placemakers

We are so proud of the exciting work that our Certified Creative Placemakers have been doing since their NJIT graduation in February that we have decided to share details about them with you!

Over the next few weeks, we will  put a spotlight on these change makers.  We will focus our lens on one of our graduates so that you can have a look at the individual ways their  local leadership integrates arts and culture into community, social and economic development planning and implementation activities.

Meet Tamara Contreras!

Tamara is leading organization of her community in Franklin Borough, Sussex County as  neighbors begin to undertake the revitalization of their historic downtown.  She is also helping to foster community pride through education and celebration of the borough’s rich history and many existing assets.  Her efforts are supported by the North Jersey Health Collaborative.

(Be sure to also click on a second video to enjoy more details about Tamara’s work with ‘Forward Franklin’!)

If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming class or for registration, click here.  For further questions, contact us!

 

 

 

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

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:

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