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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 >>

A Changing Economy Demands Changing Land Use

Jul 24, 2014   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   2014 NJ Regional Planning Summit, Changing Economy, Changing Land Use, Economic Development, Housing Demand, Jeff Otteau, NJ, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on A Changing Economy Demands Changing Land Use

Summary of Remarks by Jeffrey G. Otteau President, Otteau Valuation Group, East Brunswick, NJ

PlanSmart NJ “Changing Economy, Changing Land Use” Regional Planning Summit, June 13, 2014

JefferyOtteauMr. Otteau opened the Regional Planning Summit with remarks addressing the challenges and opportunities present in today’s real estate markets. Mr. Otteau has been actively engaged in real estate consultation and valuation since 1974. His practice is concentrated in providing project feasibility, market analysis, redevelopment guidance, and valuation analysis to developers, financial institutions, governmental entities, and investors. Frequently quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and having made television appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg and NBC News, Mr. Otteau is widely respected for his knowledge and insight into real estate trends. His attention to detail and comprehensive fact finding has made him the go-to person for industry professionals seeking to enhance their competitive position in the marketplace.

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Opinion: Marking Time Until The Revised State Plan Can be Adopted

Aug 14, 2013   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Economic Development, Lucy Vandenberg, NJ Spotlight, Opinion, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Speaks Out Blog, State Plan  //  Comments Off on Opinion: Marking Time Until The Revised State Plan Can be Adopted

The blueprint for growth and preservation is integral not just to development but also to quality of life in New Jersey

As New Jersey residents watch a variety of important economic growth, Hurricane Sandy, and open-space protection bills wind their way through the Legislature this summer, it’s hard not to think how much further along we would be if New Jersey had adopted a new State Plan. word cloud for state plan

New Jersey’s revised State Plan, our state’s blueprint for growth and land preservation, was originally set to be adopted by the State Planning Commission last year. The new State Plan — still in draft form — provides a broad framework for how and where development should take place in New Jersey, as well as criteria for conservation. Unfortunately, the revised State Plan is in a deep freeze, at least until after November’s election. 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 >>

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