Many municipalities have centers, like downtowns or main streets, that are developed but need help. Residents and town leaders want something “better” — more attractive, more valuable, more healthy, more sustainable — but planning for and implementing substantial, positive change can seem overwhelming. This session will focus on steps municipalities can take to develop a vision and concrete strategies that are sustainable, attractive, actionable and economically feasible. Participants will discuss ways to engage the community, […]Click for more information on 'Preparing Your Community for Redevelopment'
What kinds of projects are likely to be able to succeed in using Opportunity Zone tax benefits? Attend this session to hear about projects that can meet the IRS requirements for achieving these benefits, learn how to look for Opportunity Zone projects that are “shovel ready” and that are likely to appreciate over the next 10 years, and find out how to bring the investment into the project or business even if a considerable amount […]Click for more information on 'Finding the Opportunities in Opportunity Zones'
As New Jersey’s economy continues to adapt to changing social norms and culture, more and more towns are faced with decisions about how to include, or not include, “vices” in their communities. This panel will look at how municipalities can plan for marijuana dispensaries, vape shops, additional liquor licenses, and other vices in ways that meet their individual needs. Legal, Technical and Financial track sponsor: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.Click for more information on 'Virtues of Vices?'
Adapting to a changing climate could be one of the largest investments we’ll make over the next generation. Yet we have no strategies to generate reliable funding for it. Instead, we continue to pay for adaptation by waiting for catastrophe and hoping for federal assistance. This session will examine the forces compelling us to respond proactively to our changing climate, the current state of adaptation financing, and ways to create dedicated funding to protect communities’ […]Click for more information on 'No Budget, No Funding: Climate Adaptation Financing In New Jersey'