Education and Outreach
PlanSmart NJ conducts education and outreach to inform a broad audience about the benefits of sound land use planning. We host an annual conference in the Spring and an Annual Dinner in the Fall to engage various constituencies and provide cutting edge ideas, information and implementation strategies to planners, government leaders, private sector leaders, the non-profit community, and the general public. We host regional forums around the State to engage local leaders in thinking strategically about the future of their region. We foster partnerships and dialogue between non-traditional partners to achieve better land use outcomes. We also produce a regular blog to educate and inform our members and supporters about timely land use issues
PlanSmart NJ has built a reputation around hosting informative and well-attended events and forums around timely themes:
- We hosted a conference in Spring 2011 attended by approximately 100 participants, “Impacting Economic Expansion and Retention in New Jersey: A Land Use Perspective”. Keynote Speakers: Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, District 29, Chair, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee and
James W. Hughes Ph.D., Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
- We co-hosted a conference in 2010 around the theme of regional equity, attended by 400 people: Building ONE New Jersey: State Planning for Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Development Deputy Secretary of HUD, Ron Sims, was the keynote speaker.
- In 2007/2008, we hosted three regional forums in Newark, Atlantic City, and New Brunswick to engage regional stakeholders in a conversation about the unique land use, transportation, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing these regions.
- PlanSmart NJ’s Annual Dinner recognizes and highlights the work of individuals or organizations that have promoted smart growth initiatives by presenting six awards – Regional Planning Achievement, Outstanding Individual in Regional Planning Achievement, Economic Development Achievement, Environmental Achievement, Regional Equity, and Resource Efficiency Awards.