Programs & Events

Forums and 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.

New Jersey Downtown Conference
The premiere downtown economic development event of the year, the annual New Jersey Downtown Conference hosts industry experts who provide insights into downtown management best practices, as well as development, business and retail market trends.

Downtown Excellence Awards
Downtown New Jersey honors and recognizes municipal, non-profit and/or private projects and activities related to strengthening New Jersey’s downtowns at its Excellence Awards.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events


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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2022 Downtown Excellence Awards

May 24, 2022 – Join Downtown New Jersey for celebration and camaraderie with those dedicated to making NJ’s downtowns vibrant. We’re excited to host our first in-person event since 2020 at Lion’s Roar Brewery, where we’ll reconnect and recognize the projects, initiatives, and individuals of excellence while sampling some of Westfield’s finest local brews and food.

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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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