Forums & Workshops

Downtown New Jersey offers a variety of in-person and virtual opportunities for downtown managers, economic development professionals, and public officials to exchange ideas about best practices related to downtown economic development. Check out the opportunities to interact with your peers below.

Upcoming Forums

Past Forums

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Liquor License Reform

May 9, 2023 – The NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance held a discussion about needed reform to support our small businesses and downtowns. Afterwards, we enjoyed happy hour networking.

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Downtown Funding Support

March 10, 2023 – We brought together a panel of experts from federal, state, and non-profit entities to discuss available funding and incentive programs and how they can be used in downtowns to support small businesses, redevelopment, planning, and infrastructure projects.

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Rethinking the Right-of-Way

November 15, 2022 – We convened at the NJ League of Municipalities Conference for a discussion about re-envisioning the public Right-of-Way to activate and revitalize your downtown.

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Cultivating the Arts in Your Downtown

June 24, 2022 – Downtown enthusiasts joined us for the return of our in-person “lunch & learn” Downtown Management Forum, where we discussed ways to cultivate the arts in your downtown with representatives from ArtPride NJ and the NJ State Council on the Arts.

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Rethinking the Right of Way

May 18, 2022 – From Downtown New Jersey,, and NJ Transit’s Transit Friendly Planning program’s TOD in Your Downtown forum series, a panel of experts from public and private entities to discuss their experience rethinking the right-of-way (ROW).

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TikTok Demystified

April 21, 2022 – In this session, marketing maven Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt of Suasion Communications Group was joined by her Gen Z progeny to explain how TikTok can complement your existing social media strategy, and provide a 101 for those looking to take the leap.

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