Downtown Management Forum Series

Downtown Management Forum Series

Downtown New Jersey is providing a series of 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.

Live Web Forums

The Downtown Management Forum series is an exchange of ideas about best practices in NJ’s downtowns. The intended audience includes downtown management professionals, public officials, design professionals, and others involved with the management of downtowns.

COVID Lessons Learned: From Tactical to Practical

Wednesday, June 2 at 4:00PM
As part of Virtual NJ Bilk & Walk Summit

The pandemic spurred tremendous innovation in tactical approaches to expand the capacity of our streets to more safely accommodate people and commerce. These experiments validated the demand for complete streets that provide a better balance between roadway users. At the same time, many of these pilots highlighted real conflicts that need to be thought through more thoroughly if they are going to transition to permanent solutions. The session will provide advice for those looking to transition from tactical to practical implementation of complete streets.

Panelists:

  • Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans
  • Betsy Mastaglio, Manager, Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Courtenay D. Mercer, Executive Director, Downtown New Jersey
  • Bob Noland, Director of the Voorhees Transportation Center, Director of the PhD program in Planning and Public Policy, and Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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This webinar is organized by DNJ as part of the
2021 NJ Bike & Walk Summit (a free event).
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Downtown Reinvention as a Road to Recovery

Friday, June 11 at 3:15PM
as part of virtual NJ Planning and Redevelopment Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our downtowns and business communities. Those who made a concerted effort to adapt and proactively support their small businesses have fared better than communities that took a laissez faire approach. Learn how five different communities – the City of New Brunswick, the Town of Clinton, Union Township, City of Summit, and the City of Lambertville – reinvented their downtowns to help their business communities survive. Find out about initiatives that worked, and some that did not.

Panelists:

  • Nancy Adams, CMSM, Executive Director, Summit Downtown, Inc.
  • Michèle S. Delisfort, PP, AICP, Mayor, Township of Union
  • Emily Goldman, PP, AICP, Senior Associate, Clarke Caton Hintz
  • Janice Kovach, Mayor, Town of Clinton
  • Courtenay Mercer, PP, AICP, Executive Director, Downtown New Jersey

This webinar is organized by DNJ as part of the
2021 NJ Planning & Redevelopment Conference (a paid event).

Conference Website

SAVE THE DATE for forums in the works…

  • June 18, 2021: Cannabis is Coming, Are You Ready?
  • July 16, 2021: New NJEDA Programs

Have a topic you want to hear more about? Email your suggestions to info@downtownnj.com.

Past Forums (2021)

Summaries, videos, PowerPoints and other resources

It’s been a year since we were joined by Marta Person Villa, NJ Retail Lead and Senior Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle and a former SID director, municipal administrator, and DNJ President. See what’s changed from the early days of the pandemic, and how that impacts “what’s next” for your downtown to recover from economic upheaval. Marta again shared recovery statistics showing current and imminent downtown retail occupancy conditions to map out a proactive recruitment strategy to expedite recovery.

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NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Jef Buehler discussed best practices during a virtual walkthrough of downtown Frenchtown. During Part 2 of this two-part session, Jef will share experiences from Neighborhood Preservation Program initiatives throughout the state to highlight how communities can “Get Found” and “Be Open”. This presentation spurred a dialogue among forum participants about how to prepare downtown for recovery.

View PowerPoint>
Watch Part 2 Video>
(Part 2 only with forum participant discussion)

Full Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Video>
(Part 1 & 2 combined without participant discussion)

NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Jef Buehler discussed best practices during a virtual walkthrough of downtown Frenchtown. During Part 1 of this two-part session, Jef shared experiences from Neighborhood Preservation Program initiatives throughout the state to highlight how communities can “Get Together” and “Get Ready”. This presentation spurred a dialogue among forum participants about how to prepare downtown for recovery.

View PowerPoint>
Watch Part 1 Video>
(Part 1 only with forum participant discussion)

Watch Full Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Video>
(Part 1 & 2 combined without forum participant discussion)

 Facebook Group

Downtown New Jersey created a safe space for members and partners to exchange ideas about hot topics in downtown economic development. There are currently several feeds related to COVID-19 response.

Please note that you must answer the membership questions to be approved. We want to be sure only “real people” are joining, and we need to know who you are before we will approve your membership. Also, this group is is not intended for individual business owner participation, rather it is meant to be an exchange of ideas between those involved with the management of downtown business districts.

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