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Workshop Agenda
• Welcome
• Program and Ground Rules
• Introducing Together North Jersey
• “Listen & Learn” Activity Stati...
INTRODUCING
TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY
Planning Together for Our Future
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What is Together North Jersey?
• Voluntary partnership of cities,
towns, counties, agencies, non-
profit organizations and...
Why Together North Jersey?
• Declining prosperity
– Stagnant/uneven job growth
– High unemployment
– Increasing debt delin...
Why Together North Jersey?
• Underperforming Cities
– Concentration of poverty
– Public safety issues
– School quality
• L...
Why Together North Jersey?
• Changing demographics
– Retiring baby-boomers
– Rise of the Millennial
generation
– Continued...
What will Together North Jersey do?
• Undertake an extensive outreach
process to figure out what we can
do together to add...
Public and Stakeholder Engagement
• Purpose is to listen and learn
– Interviews and small group meetings
– 3 Together Nort...
LIKE
Change
What makes
a great place
LIVE
WORK
Getting
Around
Below
off the
screen
shot
For More Information:
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Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP
Project Director
TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY
Executive Director
Alan M. Voorhees ...
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This presentation was given at eat of the Together North Jersey Discovery Phase workshops. It provides a general overview of Together North Jersey and background on the outreach process.

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  • Purpose will be to help guide development of a RPSD and a framework for implementing the plan once it is developed Membership open to open to any public jurisdiction, agency or authority; non-governmental organization; neighborhood association; community and faith-based organization; private business or company; or educational institution located in the region or serving the region
  • The region faces numerous challengesDeclining prosperity…high cost of living…fiscal uncertainty…underperforming cities…long commutes and traffic congestion…environmental and public health concerns…recovering from recent disastersEmerging trends challenge conventional wisdom about the future Changing demographics…shifting market demandThese challenges don’t respect government boundaries and the trends may require new approachesWe need to work together to find solutions and take advantage of emerging opportunities
  • Together North Jersey Discovery Phase Presentation

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    2. 2. Workshop Agenda • Welcome • Program and Ground Rules • Introducing Together North Jersey • “Listen & Learn” Activity Stations – Together North Jersey Q&A – NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan – Live – Work – Getting Around • What’s Important to You Polling • Wrap Up and Closing Remarks 2
    3. 3. INTRODUCING TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY Planning Together for Our Future 3
    4. 4. What is Together North Jersey? • Voluntary partnership of cities, towns, counties, agencies, non- profit organizations and others in northern New Jersey that have agreed to work together with the public to plan for the region’s future • Funded by a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development 4
    5. 5. Why Together North Jersey? • Declining prosperity – Stagnant/uneven job growth – High unemployment – Increasing debt delinquencies – Declining home values & ownership rates • High cost of living – Housing affordability – Transportation costs • Fiscal uncertainty – High property taxes – Government debt burden – Looming service cuts – Unfunded maintenance 5
    6. 6. Why Together North Jersey? • Underperforming Cities – Concentration of poverty – Public safety issues – School quality • Long commutes & traffic congestion • Environmental & public health concerns – Increase in chronic disease – Air & water pollution • Recovering from recent disasters 6
    7. 7. Why Together North Jersey? • Changing demographics – Retiring baby-boomers – Rise of the Millennial generation – Continued immigration • Shifting real estate market demand – Diverse amenity-rich places – “Walkable” communities – Locations served by transit 7
    8. 8. What will Together North Jersey do? • Undertake an extensive outreach process to figure out what we can do together to address regional challenges • Implement up to 40 local planning projects to address local priorities and inform the regional plan • Provide technical assistance and training 8
    9. 9. Public and Stakeholder Engagement • Purpose is to listen and learn – Interviews and small group meetings – 3 Together North Jersey standing committees meeting 3-6 times/year – 50+ public workshops over 18 months – Social media • Three Phases – Three Basic Questions 9 “Discovery” “Visioning” “Action Planning”
    10. 10. LIKE Change What makes a great place LIVE WORK Getting Around Below off the screen shot
    11. 11. For More Information: 11 Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP Project Director TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY Executive Director Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 33 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901 PH: (848) 932-2840 FAX: (732) 932-3714 carnegie@ejb.rutgers.edu www.togethernorthjersey.com

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