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Passing of Board Member, Joseph A. McNamara

Jul 2, 2016   //   by msmCouncil   //   New Jersey, PlanSmart NJ, Speaks Out Blog, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Passing of Board Member, Joseph A. McNamara

Joseph A. McNamaraIt is with great sadness that we recognize the passing of PlanSmart NJ Board member, Joe McNamara. Joe was an active board member; the kind any executive director would like to clone.  He served on numerous committees and dedicated many years to promoting PlanSmart NJ’s mission as the Vice President of the Board. Though he served on numerous boards and had a demanding job he never appeared harried or rushed and generously offered his undivided attention. Despite his many roles, both on and off the board, Joe was always eager to help out and his hand was often the first to volunteer for completing board tasks.  He always delivered what he promised and brought integrity and honesty to every conversation and decision.  When debating issues, he always delivered respectful, cogent and well-reasoned arguments. Joe’s likeability and dependability was apparent in his connectedness with important people throughout the state; if he didn’t know an important figure, he knew someone who did.  Joe’s guidance, leadership, wisdom and commitment will be greatly missed at PlanSmart NJ.

2014 Summit Summary of Rountable Discussions

Sep 8, 2014   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   2014 NJ Regional Planning Summit, Changing Economy, Changing Land Use, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Municipal Government, New Jersey, NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on 2014 Summit Summary of Rountable Discussions

14505884422_e6e96b9430_zFollowing our morning keynote presentation and response panels, Summit attendees were invited to discuss a series of questions in small groups at their tables over lunch. The many interesting observations recorded will guide our research in the coming year.

All tables agreed that New Jersey’s regulatory system and infrastructure funding is in a crisis, and needs to change to respond to the demands of a new economy and a changing climate.

There were recurring themes in identifying the most pressing problems: Read more >>

“Moving Forward: The Challenge of the Future”

Sep 8, 2014   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   2014 NJ Regional Planning Summit, Changing Economy, Changing Land Use, Economic Development, Infrastructure, New Jersey, NJ, Opinion, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on “Moving Forward: The Challenge of the Future”

innovation_economics_book-cover2-196x300Ezell PhotoSummary of Afternoon Keynote: Stephen Ezell, Senior Analyst

Powerpoint available here.

Stephen Ezell is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based technology and economic policy think tank, where he focuses on science, technology, and innovation policy as well as international competitiveness, trade, and manufacturing issues. He is the co-author with Dr. Robert Atkinson of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (http://www.innovationeconomics.org).

Innovation economics is a new field that challenges neo-classical economic theories in which economics is about allocating resources, by claiming that society, i.e. government policy, can improve “dynamic efficiency” through public-private partnerships to drive sustainable economic growth. Key systems supporting an Innovation Economy are Technology, Talent, Tax, and Trade. Read more >>

Opinion: Resiliency — The Critical Next Stage Beyond Repair and Rebuilding

Jun 10, 2013   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Infrastructure, Lucy Vandenberg, New Jersey, NJ Spotlight, Opinion, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Sandy, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on Opinion: Resiliency — The Critical Next Stage Beyond Repair and Rebuilding

Spending billions to rebuild misses the crux of the issue, and only guarantees that billions more will be spent next time

Photo by Wendell A. Davis Jr./FEMA

Photo by Wendell A. Davis Jr./FEMA

Facing Our Future, a group of experts with substantial state government experience, recently released a report entitled, “Infrastructure Improvements Necessary for Economic Success.” It estimates that $70 billion in upgrades are needed to our state’s infrastructure — if you include energy, water, and transportation.

The choice is not between spending $70 billion and spending nothing. Rather, the choice is one between investing in our future to dramatically reduce the costs of tomorrow’s natural disasters or, alternatively, putting our heads in the sand by reacting to natural disasters only once they happen and spending billions of dollars to rebuild each time one comes down the pike.
The latter approach, as we have seen in the case of Sandy, results in greater loss of life, public health consequences, and severe economic losses and disruptions of residents and businesses. Read more >>

Opinion: Revitalizing NJ for Its Newest Generation of Knowledge Workers

Apr 3, 2013   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Economic Development, Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program (ERG), Lucy Vandenberg, New Jersey, NJ Spotlight, Opinion, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on Opinion: Revitalizing NJ for Its Newest Generation of Knowledge Workers

The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 could help fund the redevelopment of the state’s urban centers and suburban office parks

Earlier this month, both Senate and Assembly committees took up the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, a mammoth piece of legislation that consolidates New Jersey’s disparate economic development incentive programs into two. Grow NJ is focused on attracting and retaining companies here in New Jersey, while the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program (ERG) creates incentives for development and redevelopment in urban and other designated areas.
The bills are moving fast and have garnered widespread support muted by some criticism.

Grow NJ provides financial incentives to companies to encourage economic growth and job creation, as well as to preserve jobs in New Jersey that are at risk of relocation. The bill links incentives to specific job creation goals based on industry type and minimum capital investment thresholds. It also provides increased tax credits to companies that locate in urban and distressed municipalities. Additional tax-credit awards are offered to companies locating in impoverished areas, building near public transit, providing jobs in New Jersey’s targeted growth industries, and adhering to green-design standards, among other categories. Read more >>

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