October 19, 2015
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Wyndham Gardens Hotel
1 West Lafayette Street, Salon C
Trenton, NJ 08608



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Increasingly young workers and baby boomers alike are leaving the suburbs for higher density mixed use areas with easily accessible public transportation. This renewed interest in living and working in urban areas is helping to drive an economic boom in some of New Jersey’s cities. Trenton however, continues to face challenges despite its prime location with transportation infrastructure and natural resource. What strategies are needed to stimulate economic development and attract a talented workforce to New Jersey’s struggling cities?

Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute and former Mayor of Pittsburgh will share the steps he took in turning Pittsburgh around. A panel of New Jersey experts will discuss strategies appropriate for New Jersey cities and representatives from Trenton will elaborate on their vision and plans for their city.


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome — Carole Beske, ACT Engineers

10:05 – 10:15 Keynote 

        • Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute and Former Mayor of Pittsburgh – It Takes Bold Actions to Create a Success Story

10:15 – 10:45 Stimulating Economic Development

        • Michele Siekerka, NJBIA – Moderator
        • Ron Beit, RBH Group – Workforce housing and creative reuse to attract talent
        • Greg Dell’AquilaMission 50 Workspaces – Creating office space for changing trends and preferences
        • Damon Rich, Hector Design Service – Capitalizing on natural resources and the arts to stimulate economic development
        • Dudley Ryan, CBRE – The power of high speed wifi to attract businesses

10:45 – 11:00 Q & A

11:00 – 11:20 The Trenton Perspective

        • Martin Johsnon, Isles Inc. – Moderator
        • Michael Goldstein, HHG – Opportunities for Mixed Use Development in Trenton
        • Monique King-Viehland, Department of Housing and Economic Development – A Vision for Trenton
        • Melissa Orsen, CEO NJ Economic Development Agency, EDA opportunities that are available for Trenton
        • Jeff StewartArtworks Trenton –  The role of the arts in community building and economic development

11:15 – 11:30 Q & A and Discussion

All Speaker Bios

We have applied for AICP and NJ CLE credits.


A program of:

Trenton Business Week


Presented with:

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We will gladly refund reservations until two weeks before the event.

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