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News and Updates

October 8, 2014

Project Updates and Events

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Event Announcement: TNJ Standing Committes will meet on December 4, 2014

The next Together North Jersey Standing Committee meeting will take place on December 4, 2014. The meeting will be held in conjunction with a CEDS advisory committee and an FHEA (Fair Housing and Equity Assessment) workshop.
The meeting will be held at the Paul Robeson Campus Center and the Rutgers-Newark Campus.
Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

New Local Demonstration Project and Local Government Capacity Grant reports released!

Two new LDP reports have been issued. You can read the reports and learn aboutthe LDP programon the TNJ website and read about the recently issued reports below.

Newark Access to Opportunity

The Newark Access to Opportunity report found that residents in several areas of Newark face numerous barriers to accessing jobs in and around Newark that pay living wages. The study identifies living wage occupations expected to grow and proposes new and innovative opportunities to grow job opportunities. These include improving transportation to jobs, developing job opportunities locally, and closing the skills and information gap.

Find out more aboutthe release of the studyanddownload the report.

Essex County Complete Streets

The Essex County Complete Streets Implementation Plan has been released, outlining necessary steps for implementing the county's existing Complete Streets policy. The report is first from TNJ's Local Government Capacity Grant Program (LGCGP) to be released, with the others set to following in the coming months. The implementation plan establishes an administrative structure, design and procedure guidelines, training and toolkit for properly applying the Complete Streets Policy on all phases of a roadway's life cycle. It also makes several recommendations for modifying the Complete Streets policy.

Download the Complete Streets report.

New Topics on Engage North Jersey

Get involved in the Together North Jersey initiative by visiting theEngage North Jerseywebsite.Engage North Jerseyinvites you to submit and discuss suggestions and ideas for improving where you live, work, and play and how you travel throughout the region. Newly updated topics on the site include: Complete Streets, paying for road improvements and infrastructure, and housing and employment. You can help shape the future of the North Jersey region. OnEngage North Jersey, you can "second" ideas you support, suggest your own ideas, and leave feedback. Join the discussion - we'd love to hear from you!

APA-NJ Announces 2014 Great Places in New Jersey Designees!

Great Places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future. They support their local economies and add value to their communities. “Great places don’t happen by accident – they’ve been planned for, designed, and maintained,” states APA-NJ President, Charles Latini, Jr. “APA-NJ chose to implement this program because our great places deserve attention, and other communities can look to these shining examples as best practices.”

Click HERE to read more!

Upcoming Events
October 8: Connect to Transit Seminar

Connect to Transit teaches professionals, volunteers, and community members who work with older adults to become informed advocates for public transportation so they can better assist their clients with navigating the public transportation network. Participants will learn about the accessible features on NJ Transit vehicles, how older riders can get reduced fares, tools to plan trips, senior focused resources, and more.

To attend, contact Nieves G. Pimienta at (201) 724-6167 or at

Wednesday, October 8, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Passaic County Community Transportation
930 Riverview Drive, Suite 250
Totowa, NJ 07512n downtown New Brunswick came a

October 10: PlanSmartNJ Policy Briefing: The Future of Preservation Funding

The referendum for a stable source of open space funding barely made it onto the November ballot. During PlanSmartNJ's October 10 policy briefing, Tom Gilbert, Keep It Green, will describe what the referendum means and what needs to be done to ensure its passage. Other speakers will discuss the importance of open space for healthy communities and the status of Green and Blue Acres funding. The second panel will discuss surprising incentives for land owners to preserve land as well as measures that can be taken to encourage land owners to preserve land. Issues around the challenges and opportunities in preserving urban lands will also be highlighted.

Gohereto learn more about the policy briefing andregister.

Friday, October 10, 8:00am to 10:30 pm
D&R Greenway Land Trust
One Preservation Place Princeton
NJ 08540

October 17: PlanSmartNJ Policy Briefing: NJ's Complicated Affordable Housing Policies: Considering the Alternatives

Given the quagmire of the recent COAH proposals and litigation, it's time to review how other states are facilitating affordable housing production and to consider how their experiences could reshape New Jersey's approach. A policy briefing organized by PlanSmartNJ will feature a discussion led by Rachel Bratt, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, and author or co-author of many articles, reports, and chapters in books on housing policy. She will highlight affordable housing strategies from other states and assess their applicability in New Jersey. Two response panels will follow her remarks.

Gohereto learn more about the briefing and to register.

Friday, October 17, 8:30am to 11:30pm
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street Prudence Hall
Trenton, NJ 08608

October 21: Building Healthy Places at the ULI Fall Meeting

The Urban League Institute's 2014 Fall Meeting, to be held October 21-23 in New York City, will feature rich content about how to create healthy places and communities. Can't-miss session on Wednesday, October 22, include:
Register for the Fall Meetinghereand read more about the Building Healthy Places sessionshere.

Tuesday, October 21-23
Javits Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

November 14: NJ Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan

New Jersey Future andRegional Plan Association, with participation from Together North Jersey, are convening a New Jersey Regional Conference to bring forward the next generation of "big ideas" to enhance prosperity, livability, and environmental sustainability in the tri-state region. The event is part of creating RPA'sFourth Regional Plan, whose predecessor, the Third Regional Plan, helped lead to the preservation of the New Jersey Highlands, regional rail improvements and the redevelopment of Governor's Island into a park.

This is a free event. For information and registration, please

Friday November 14, 2014, 8:30am to 11:30
Seton Hall University School of Law
Larson Auditorium
One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102

Learning Opportunities and Resources
Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Events
Easement Stewardship: Inventorying, Maintaining and Conversing Easements in Your Municipality (Webinar)

October 15, 2014 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar will help municipalities to insure that easements are property manged and conserved. Hear from Jennifer Feltis Cortese of NJ DEP regarding the Sustainable Jersey actions related to easement stewardship. Eileen Swan, NJ Conservation Foundation, will help you learn about Byram Township's model program for creating an easement inventory, and conducting landowner outreach and education. Find out how to maintain easements and create buffers where needed.


Funding Your Project with a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant (Webinar)

October 9, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Gardinier Environmental Fund is making available $150,000 in grant funding to Sustainable Jersey municipalities. The grants will fund energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy including building efficiency upgrades, alternative vehicle fueling and charging stations, energy education and outreach, energy resiliency, solar energy installations, studies and engineering, and innovative energy initiatives. In this webinar, Sustainable Jersey staff will review grant eligibility and submission requirements, preview the new online application form, and answer participant questions regarding this new source of funding.


HUD launches $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition
Eligible states and localities can begin applying to theNational Disaster Resilience Competition.Representatives from eligible communities will have the opportunity to attend Rockefeller-supported Resilience Academies across the country to strengthen their funding proposals.The National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications.

UNJDEP announces grant funding for ecologically based resiliency strategies
Recent storms have emphasized the need for community resiliency strategies and preventative actions to minimize future impacts. Ecologically-based approaches can protect critical habitat and people in a cost effective manner. The NJ DEP Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning is seeking interested local entities to participate in a grant opportunity that provides resources including $424,087.00 in grant funding and technical and compliance assistance for the design and construction of ecologically based mitigation strategies.A request for proposals can be found at

Applications accepted for NJDOT State Aid programs
Applications are now being accepted for the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) FY 2015 State Aid programs. The programs provide financial assistance to counties and municipalities for traditional and non-traditional transportation initiatives. The programs include Municipal Aid; Transit Village; Bikeways; and Safe Streets to Transit. For information information visit theNJDOT website.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs offers Local Planning Services
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs currently provides planning services to local governments through the Local Planning Services program. Local Planning Services partners with communities to develop cost-effective strategies and solutions for the successful achievement of local land use and administrative goals. A professional multidisciplinary staff offers general, land use and housing planning services at no cost to local governments that demonstrate financial hardship or planning need. For more information, contact New Jersey Local Planning Services at or at (609) 292-3000.

White House launches Promise Zone competition
The Obama Administration has launched the competition to designate the next round of Promise Zones. Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive preferred access to certain competitive federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers to strengthen the capacity of Promise Zone partners.

The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications is November 21, 2014. Applications must be submitted More information about the Promise Zone initiative and how to apply is available

Job Opportunities

Full-time AmeriCorps member position at LISC AmeriCorps Service
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Urban League of Essex County are seeking a full-time (1700 hours within ten months) AmeriCorps member to serve as Project Manager - Rehabilitation. For more information, contact Leonard Robbins at

Development and Outreach Director
New Jersey Futureis seekinga dynamic, organized self-starter to direct and implement corporate fundraising, sponsorship and outreach activities. The idealcandidate will have strong people skills, a talent for corporate relationship-building, a passion for the issues New Jersey Future cares about, andsome experience in sales, marketing or fundraising.Download the full job description.Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter and brief writing sample toMarianne Jann. Posted Sept. 18, 2014.
Fall Internship at New Jersey Future

Identifying Combined-Sewer Communities That Have Stormwater Utilities – intern will select four communities about which to prepare case studies, using research that includes interviews, Census data, analysis of state and local regulations and other sources.Download the full description. Posted Sept. 11, 2014.


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