2021 Past Events

New Jersey Downtown Conference

  • Date and time: January 19 – 22
  • Location: Virtual
The premiere downtown economic development event of the year, the Annual Downtown Conference hosts industry experts who provide insights into downtown management best practices, as well as development, business and retail market trends. Recap and videos>

What’s next for the retail real estate market? 1 year later…
  • Date and time: Friday, April 16th
  • Location: Zoom Online Meeting

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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Preparing for the Post-Pandemic (Part 2)
  • Date and time: Friday, March 5th
  • Location: Zoom Online Meeting

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.

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(Part 1 & 2 combined without participant discussion)


Preparing for the Post-Pandemic (Part 1)
  • Date and time: Friday, February 19th
  • Location: Zoom Online Meeting

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.

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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)