Uncovering Support for Urban Communities: Insights and Resources to Advance Redevelopment Goals: Trenton, NJ
The NJ Brownfields Interagency Working Group (NJ IAWG) collaborated with the NJ Mayors Association (NJ UMA) to deliver an invaluable workshop on redevelopment and community goals to promote economic revitalization in New Jersey urban communities.
On June 22, 2017, nearly 100 elected officials, representatives from federal, state, and county agencies, municipal planners and economic development staff and nonprofit organizations gathered in Trenton to share information on funding, technical assistance and best practices in converting blighted, contaminated property to community assets.
The program included:
- • An introduction to over 22 unique federal, state and Mercer county agency representatives with information about their programs and resources;
- • Speed dating with the agencies;
- • A presentation from the City of Trenton about a new project with response from the agencies on specific funding, referrals and technical assistance available;
- • A Lightning Round: Ask the Experts panel of private-sector experts who covered such topics as the cleanup process, redevelopment planning, financing and managing risk, and regulatory and liability. They emphasized the importance of developing a plan, establishing a vision, gathering community buy-in, working with federal and state partners early, and collaborating with other municipalities on marketing and mentoring.
We hope the biggest success of this event was to collectively offer a unique, integrated and coordinated response to support redevelopment that will improve environmental and human health and promote economic revitalization throughout New Jersey.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) is EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities provider (TAB) in New Jersey. We provide workshops and technical assistance to help municipalities redevelop contaminated, underutilized properties for healthy and resilient communities. For more information contact Deputy Director, Jean Hamerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-712-0535.
To view the program booklet click here.
See photos from the event here.
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Introduction/ Opening Remarks:
- • Barbara George Johnson, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, TESU
- • Mayor Eric Jackson, City of Trenton
- • Mayor Kelly, City of Bridgeton
- • Gerard Scharfenberger, Acting Executive Director, Dept. of State, Business Action Center, Office for Planning Advocacy
City of Trenton Presentation: Roebling Block 2, 670 South Clinton Ave.
- • Presentation by J.R. Capasso, Brownfields Coordinator, Department of Housing and Economic Development, City of Trenton
Lightning Round Panel
- • Charlie Bartsch, Consultant, Independent Strategist, formerly Sr. Advisor for Economic Development to the Asst. Administrator, EPA
- • John Scagnelli, Esq., Partner, Scarinci Hollenback
- • George Vallone, President, Hoboken Brownstone Co.
- • Leah Yasenchak, Principal, Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, Inc.
- • Patrick Terborg, Founder & Managing Member, TD +Partners
- • Paul Ceppi, Director Business Banking & Community Development, NJ Economic Development Authority
- • Laura Brinkerhoff, President, CEO, Brinkerhoff Environmental Services