There will be an opportunity to mix and mingle during each day of the conference. The Awards Ceremony and two main Virtual Exhibit Hall & Networking sessions will be open to conference attendees and the public. Other opportunities are exclusive to registered conference attendees.

For non-registrants, use this online portal to pre-register or join the Placemaking Awards ceremony or networking events live.

NJ Downtown Conference Extra! TOD Interview Sessions
Still Accepting Interview Appointments Through January 28th
DNJ and its partner,, would like to hear from you!
We will be conducting short (20min or less) video interviews.Let us know about your work promoting New Jersey’s downtowns. We are interested in places, programs, and activities that helped promote and develop downtowns.We are especially interested in efforts that incorporate transit-oriented development (TOD) principles. Or talk to us about the issues affecting NJ’s downtowns and TOD in the state, such as:
  • Accessibility
  • Affordability & Equity
  • Amenities &/or Programming
  • Connectivity within & beyond the TOD area
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Funding
  • Parking
  • Planning
  • Public Engagement & Support
  • Retail — during COVID and beyond

Or anything else you want to discuss!

Past Event - Tuesday, January 19th

The first day of the conference was dedicated to economic recovery, including a welcome from Governor Murphy, keynote address by Strong Town’s Chuck Mahorn, and a panel of economic development experts. The afternoon also included an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Virtual Exhibit Hall & Networking (12:50PM - 1:35PM)

Chat with exhibitors, catch up with colleagues, and discuss hot topics with your peers.

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Past Events - Thursday, January 21st

The second day of the conference was all about place & space. The day’s sessions included experts ready to discuss downtown district placemaking and retail design strategies to make visitors feel welcome and safe. We also celebrated excellent placemaking inititives during a brief awards ceremony. The afternoon also included an opportunity to network with colleagues, and join a virtual tour and happy hour.


Placemaking Awards (1:20PM - 1:35PM)

Session Sponsor

Downtown New Jersey recognized excellent placemaking projects and initiatives intended to help small businesses survive and thrive during the shut down and capacity limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.



Virtual Exhibit Hall & Networking (1:35PM - 2:20PM)

Chat with exhibitors, catch up with colleagues, and discuss hot topics with your peers.

This event is over.

Virtual Tour & Happy Hour (4:00PM - 5:15PM)

Session Sponsor

Join us for a virtual tour of downtown Newark culminating in a cocktail mixing class featuring local spirits. Afterward, join your colleagues for an informal happy hour and discussion about NJ’s liquor license laws. Cocktail recipe>

Tour Guide: Emily Manz, EMI Strategy

This event is over. Only registered conference attendees can view video of this activity.

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