Strategically situated in the North East Corridor, New Jersey is a prime location for businesses with its well-educated workforce, enviable transportation system, renowned education institutions, and well-connected ports.  Yet we are lagging behind most states in recovering from the great recession.

PlanSmart NJ’s 3rd Annual Regional Planning Summit will bring together experts in the development and local decision making field to explore how the current regulatory system might be reformed to achieve better outcomes on the ground to stimulate the economy, protect the environment, and encourage land use patterns that create more vibrant communities served by public transportation.  Attendees will be given an opportunity in breakout groups to evaluate what they have heard and develop strategies that can become a package of reforms that PlanSmart NJ can advance.




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Friday, June 13th
8am to 3pm

Summit Program


8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration and networking, sponsored continental breakfast.

8:30 – 8:35 am: Welcome and Logistics

8:35 – 9:05 am: Jeff Otteau, Otteau Valuation – Does Our Regulatory System Support an

New Jersey is home to many assets and yet we are lagging behind many states in recovering from the recession. What is holding us back?

9:05 – 9:45 am: Response Panel:
This panel will present their perspective on the opening statements.

Katherine Kish, Einstein’s Alley – Moderator
Time is Money, Corporate Concerns – Tim Touhey, Investors Bank
Permitting and Government Review – Ray Ferrara, Kleinfelder
Zoning and Stranded Assets – Ralph Zucker, Somerset Development

9:45 – 9:55 am: Break

9:55 – 10:55 am: Community Development Panel
An innovation economy is more than clustering like businesses and linking to academic institutions. An innovation economy needs workforce housing, healthy communities, cultural and natural resources. This panel will discuss what regulatory changes are needed to support an innovation economy.

Henry Kent-Smith, Fox Rothschild – Moderator
Workforce Housing – David Fisher, K. Hovnanian Homes
Environmental Protection and Resiliency – Sandy Batty, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Healthy Communities – Janet Heroux, Department of Health
Preparing the Suburbs for an Innovation Economy – Patrick Impreveduto, Mayor, Holmdel

10:55 – 11:55 am: Infrastructure Investment Panel
An innovation economy relies on an eco-system of infrastructure to support it. This panel will discuss the infrastructure that is needed to make the whole system work.

Pam Frank, Gabel Associates – Moderator
Economic Development – Mike McGuinness, NAIOP
Transportation/Logistics Infrastructure – Ruby Siegel, AECOM
Infrastructure Financing – David Zimmer, Environmental Infrastructure Trust
State of the State’s Infrastructure – Sam Crane, Crane Consulting

11:55 – 1:45 pm: Working Lunch

12:20 – 1:45 pm: Breakout groups for facilitated discussion
The audience will break into 3 – 4 groups to have a facilitated discussion to develop a list of ideas on how the process should change. We will work to have a mix of developers, environmentalists, and local decision makers. We will explain that this exercise is to work toward building an agenda for that could be supported by a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The breakout groups will have three to four leading questions to make sure a variety of issues are addressed.

1:50 – 2:50 pm:  Keynote: Moving Forward: The Challenges of the Future PRESENTATION
Stephen Ezell, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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Stephen Ezell is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), with a focus on innovation policy, science and technology policy, international competitiveness, and trade, manufacturing, and services issues. He is the co-author with Dr. Robert Atkinson of the book Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, September 2012). Mr. Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he co-founded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Mr. Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to finnovation_economics_book-cover2-196x300orming Peer Insight, Mr. Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Mr. Ezell co-founded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank. Mr. Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an Honors Certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

2:50 – 3:00 pm: Closing Remarks and a Call to Action

To learn more about PlanSmart NJ’s initiative to create policy for land use that adapts to an innovation economy, click here to see previous reports exploring the connection between land use and economic development including What Will It Take To Support New Jersey’s Industry Clusters and What’s Land Use Got To Do With It?.

Click here to see Ann Brady discuss the 2014 Regional Planning Summit and here for a summary report of the event.

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Investors Bank
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
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Princeton University
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