The Center of it All | Summer 2020 |
DNJ’s members have implemented local fundraising efforts to provide direct assistance to businesses and community members. These relief funds provide much-needed cash or other support to those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.   MORE>
Now more than ever, it is important to recognize that local governments stand SIDs, effectuating a critical partnership that supports and strengthens municipal services. MORE>
New Jersey business improvement districts and corporations are making purchases to support local restaurants and retailers while also spreading the word about great restaurants and stores downtown. MORE>

Check out the latest policy and legislative issues that can affect the success of the state’s downtowns. MORE>

The COVID-19 resource page for NJ's downtowns with rolling updates as new information, policy, legislation, and funding becomes available.  MORE>
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
via ZOOM

Events amid the COVID-19 pandemic require a bit more creativity and must be implemented with special care to ensure public safety. At this forum, you will hear how downtowns are reinventing their events. We will be joined by John Donio, President of  Wildwood BID, Ollyn Lettman, Director of Bloomfield Center Alliance, and Emily Manz of EMI Strategy who will share their experiences staging in-person and virtual events. Come prepared to ask questions and discuss best practices with your colleagues after an introduction to the topic by our speakers. MORE>
Due to health and safety concerns, Downtown New Jersey's Annual Conference will be going virtual this year. Please complete the following survey to let us know your thoughts about how we should make it happen. TAKE SURVEY>
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Learn more about the Commercial District Recovery Guide that provides place-based organizations and intermediary partners focused on community economic development with a curated roadmap for action to support COVID-19 recovery efforts in downtowns and commercial districts. MORE>
As our downtown retail establishments are permitted to reopen in the coming weeks, will need to employ design countermeasures to survive the short term and to thrive in the long term. At this forum, we learned best practices from industry experts, and how NJ business owners are handling the transition. MORE>
Towns should be looking at their ordinances and permitting processes to ensure they fully support their businesses’ ability to adapt to social distancing expectations.  MORE>
Using global recovery statistics as a backdrop, learn about current and imminent downtown retail occupancy conditions, and map out a proactive recruitment strategy to expedite recovery. MORE>

Our ability to continue to advocate for New Jersey’s downtowns during these especially challenging times depends on member support. We hope you will consider joining today! JOIN DNJ>
Downtown New Jersey is an organization of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and local and regional organizations that are passionate about downtowns. Downtowns reflect our communities’ unique identities, provide a focal point, a convenient local place of commerce, and offer a sense of place where people can gather and truly be community. Downtown New Jersey is a resource dedicated to ensuring the vitality of our downtowns. Count on us as your resource for anything regarding downtowns in New Jersey.