Educational 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

No forums scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for more programming in the Fall.

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Past Forums

Summaries, videos, PowerPoints and other resources

Cultivating Arts in the 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 will be 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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Transforming Brownfields into Downtown Assets

September 17, 2021 – Representatives from The NJ Brownfields Assistance Center @ NJIT discussed how to plan for, fund, and redevelop these potentially contaminated properties, as well as where you can get free technical assistance.

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Countdown to the Plastics & Styrofoam Ban

July 16, 2021 – The NJ Business Action Center, presented an overview of the plastics & styrofoam law and showcased many other resources that are available at to help you help your businesses.

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 Facebook Group

Downtown New Jersey created a safe space for members and partners to exchange ideas about hot topics in downtown economic development. 

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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