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Join Us on January 26-27 in New Brunswick
Our annual conference continues to gain momentum and this year we accepted over 50 quality session submissions!
On Thursday January 26th, we focus on the practice of planning, offering sessions in 8 topical tracks including: redevelopment, affordable housing, public policy, sustainability, practice, transportation, climate and the environment. Plunge in depth into your own area of practice or interest, or use this as an opportunity to broaden your skills and knowledge. Friday is our “show and tell” day – what has been accomplished recently and what noteworthy planning activities are underway throughout the State. Overall we present the conference as a two-day experience, but if you can only spare one day, either will provide interest and challenge.
This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. APA-NJ and Bloustein have forged a strong, mutually supportive relationship under Dean Hughes’ leadership that is the envy of other chapters nationally (and has led to awards and other national recognition) and you will find remembrances and celebrations peppering our activities this year including a special recognition of Dean Hughes, who announced his retirement late last year, that you don’t want to miss.
And we have saved the best for last – three declared Gubernatorial candidates will join us at lunch on Thursday for a “What’s Next for New Jersey?” 2017 marks a gubernatorial election year for our state. Hear from three of the candidates who have officially launched their campaigns to be New Jersey’s next governor as they share their vision for issues important to the planning community: What sectors are primed for growth in New Jersey’s economy over the next 10 years? Do they see a role for a State Development and Redevelopment Plan? How will the state prioritize its resources, including those from the new gas tax, when investing in transportation infrastructure? How does transit – within the state and into New York City – factor into this? How would their administrations address the state’s affordable housing need and more… This is your time to hear directly from the candidates.
Friday includes the ever-popular analysis of trends by Dean James Hughes in the morning, and we are joined by planner/developer Jonathon F. P. Rose who has recently authored The Well-Tempered City for our lunchtime keynote —the man who “repairs the fabric of cities”—as he distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step of city development with this intention.
I hope you choose to join us – recharge, reenergize, re-tool, re-arm, and face the next year better prepared! Review our program, register, and book your hotel room if you plan to stay overnight. As always, we want to thank Todd Poole and 4ward Planning for returning as our Title Sponsor, Ann Brady and the incredible team at PlanSmartNJ for being our CLE provider, and all our amazing supporters for allowing us to continue the work we do to advance planning in the State and beyond.
See you on January 26th and 27th in New Brunswick!
Vice President of Conference Services