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Visioning Development Opportunities: Tools and Strategies to Aid Local Governments

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
January 1, 1970

Enticing developers to opportunities in local communities can be present a challenge to some jurisdictions. The challenges come in many forms. In some instances, the Requests for Proposals are too broad, spanning too large an area, and in some cases may not present clear visions for new development. In other cases, interest from the development community has lagged and needs a jump start to pique interest and ideas. This session will review some of these challenges using local examples from here in New Jersey; particularly in transit-oriented communities. Also, a success story from Salisbury, Maryland will be presented, where community leaders have been working to revitalize downtown. In this example, a cumbersome request for proposals was streamlined and re-released with complimentary visualizations. The new effort led to new proposals offerings and partnerships with prospects for new development on the rise.

  • Stephanie DiPetrillo: Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, EJBSPPP
  • Graham Petto, AICP: Research Project Coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, EJBSPPP
  • Debra Tantleff: Founding Principal of TANTUM
  • Colin Driver: Economic Development Director, Borough of Somerville
  • Alex Torpey, MPA: Village President, Village of South Orange

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