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Applause at Greater Trenton's 2019 Capital City Economic Outlook Event on May 23, 2019
Note from the CEO
Our First Annual Capital City Economic Outlook (Capital C.E.O.) event was well received and well attended. Thanks to Bryn Mawr Trust for their generous lead sponsorship and to New Jersey REALTORS for being this year's host sponsor.

A key takeaway from our Capital C.E.O. event was a short video , produced by our very own VP of Marketing Bryan Evans, that serves as an inspirational piece highlighting Trenton in a fresh new way.

Our heartfelt congratulations goes out to Emily De Jesus and Belveth Simon, two impressive seniors from Trenton Central High School, who received Greater Trenton's Journalism and Communications Scholarship and Internship Award. We're very excited to be working with them this summer as they engage with us to help bolster the city's narrative through TrentonDaily.

Check out the latest TrentonDaily stories highlighting progress and opportunities in New Jersey's State Capital. Please contact Bryan Evans at bevans@greatertrenton.org for story submissions.
If you haven't done so already, please update your contact information with our new address and phone number:

Greater Trenton
124 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
609-GREATER or 609-473-2837

We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to continuing great momentum and progress in New Jersey's Capital City.



George D. Sowa
Chief Executive Officer
Progress and Inspiration Fills the Room at Greater Trenton's First Annual Capital City Economic Outlook
Greater Trenton's First Annual Capital City Economic Outlook, which kicked off at New Jersey REALTORS on May 23rd, was met with great success as attendees cheered, applauded, and even shouted "amen" during the well attended event.

Sold out before the registration deadline, the event featured passionate remarks by City of Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, compelling comments by Bryn Mawr Trust Bank President Kevin Tylus, and an inspirational keynote address by Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa. Attendees learned about the groundwork and visioning happening in Trenton and the necessary steps to ensure that these and future projects are successful.

Brenda Ross-Dulan, Principal at The Ross Dulan Group, provided context on Greater Trenton's Caren Franzini Award Celebration and the organization's overarching mission.

A short video also received ovation as attendees expressed gratitude and support for an increasingly positive narrative about New Jersey's Capital City. The video, produced by Bryan Evans at Greater Trenton, can be found here.

"We thank Bryn Mawr Trust for being this year's presenting sponsor," said George Sowa, CEO of Greater Trenton. "We enjoyed encouraging words from all of our speakers during this spectacular evening of economic development insights with business, community, industry, and elected leaders convening around great assets, opportunities and initiatives in New Jersey’s Capital City."

Following the success of Greater Trenton’s First Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration on December 6, 2018, the First Annual Capital C.E.O. event set the stage for a city on the rise as George Sowa spotlighted several private and public sector projects, transit area development, recreational opportunities, planning for diversity, a whitepaper to entice state workers to live and work downtown, and Greater Trenton's new headquarters at 124 West State Street.

“Greater Trenton has been, and continues to be, a great partner working with the city, state, county and business community to champion economic revitalization efforts in our historic Capital City,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. “This gathering helped shine a spotlight on Trenton as a premier attraction and hotspot for development ahead of the city’s 250th Anniversary of our Nation in 2026.”

“Trenton’s illustrious past is motivation for its resurgence in today’s modern economy. Bryn Mawr Trust was happy to participate with the business community in its all-important role to inspire Trenton’s future,” commented BMT Bank President, Kevin Tylus.

On the third floor of the headquarters of New Jersey Realtors, attendees enjoyed an open bar and hors d’oeuvres while interacting with business leaders, architects, developers, bankers, insurance professionals, wealth managers and community coalition builders.
“There’s a lot of momentum in Trenton right now,” said Bernie Flynn, Co-Founder of Greater Trenton and Chair of Greater Trenton’s Advisory Committee. "This event highlighted myriad projects and initiatives bubbling up in New Jersey’s Capital City and also set the stage and vision for a city on the rise.”

Flynn announced that Greater Trenton will honor Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at its Second Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration happening on December 2, 2019.

Bryan Evans, Greater Trenton's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, announced the recipients of Greater Trenton’s Journalism and Communications Scholarship and Internship Program. Emily De Jesus and Belveth Simon, seniors at Trenton Central High School, received the awards which included monies toward college and a fully paid summer internship working as part of TrentonDaily's editorial team.

“I’m very excited about working with Emily and Belveth this summer as part of our paid internship and scholarship award,” said Evans. “This initiative offers a tremendous opportunity to not only strengthen a passion for writing, but to also help bolster positive stories about Trenton from these exceptional students who bring a fresh perspective to Trenton's narrative."

This Fall, De Jesus will attend Dickinson College where she will major in Communications and Business Administration. Simon will attend Rider University where she will focus on secondary education and mathematics.

Greater Trenton Moves Into New HQ at 124 West State Street
Greater Trenton officially moved into its recently acquired and newly renovated headquarters at 124 West State Street. Located just one number away from the New Jersey State Capitol building located at 125 West State, 124 West State Street is nestled between the soon to be renovated Capitol building and the new Department of Health and Agriculture facility.

"We're excited to be in our new home at 124 West State Street, which serves a symbol of our deep commitment to Trenton's revitalization," said George Sowa, CEO of Greater Trenton.

Surrounded by $425 million in development between the Capitol and Health & Agriculture buildings, Greater Trenton's new HQ underwent significant interior and exterior renovations. The new building features highly-efficient systems including HVAC and LED lighting to create economical and sustainable efficiencies throughout the building.

With key improvements throughout including new flooring, a new fire escape, painting inside and out, new signage, security system updates, 124 West State has been completely transformed while also preserving its historic glory
Old Dominion Comes to Cure Insurance Arena
June 1, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed reigning Country Music Association & Academy of County Music “Vocal Group of the Year” country band Old Dominion brings their “Make It Sweet Tour” to CURE Insurance Arena on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. with special guests Morgan Evans, Jimmie Allen and Ryan Griffin.

In the midst of their tour, Old Dominion shared a new track entitled “One Man Band.” With its artful clean guitar and vulnerable vocals, the heartfelt ballad earned praise right out of the gate. People claimed, “Old Dominion is turning up the romance in their brand new track,” and the release landed on The Boot’s “8 More Songs You Need to Hear” list. Within just a week, it also impressively leaped past the one million-mark on Spotify.
Cure Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Avenue Trenton NJ, 08611
By the end of 2018, Old Dominion performed 136 shows and crossed 1.5 million fan impressions within 365 days. Those gigs encompassed their own arena tour, sold out European and Canadians runs, dozens of festivals, and opening for Kenny Chesney on his summer stadium and arena tour. They also took home the award for “Vocal Group of the Year” at the 52nd Annual CMA Awardsand at the 53rd Annual ACM Awards. Additionally, the band received a nomination for “Country Duo/Group Artist” at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Event Start: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $69.50, $42.50, $32.50 (Prices include $3 facility fee and $.50 charity - St. Jude's) 
El Trueno de Trenton to Play at Arm & Hammer Park Starting June 1st
June 1st, 8th and 29th, 2019
7 p.m.

The Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance, are pleased to reveal their special Copa de la Diversion moniker, El Trueno de Trenton. The Thunder will re-brand for three games in the month of June and revealed their special uniforms and hats at a press conference with media members and a special kick-off event at the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County. Copa De la Diversion games played by El Trueno are presented by Aetna.

A direct translation of its current “Thunder” identity, the vibrant “Trueno” moniker aims to represent the city of Trenton and its Latino community within the ballpark. The Copa de la Diversion is a season-long event series created in 2017 by Minor League Baseball as a significant component of their “It’s Fun to be a Fan” campaign.

Copa de la Diversion aims to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

After a successful showing by 33 participating teams in 2018, the Copa de la Diversion will expand to 72 participants throughout the country in 2019 to provide outreach to underrepresented fan communities across minor league baseball.

“The latin community has long had a significant impact both on the game of baseball and on the Capital City,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. “I am thrilled to welcome and celebrate all Latino community members this summer with our corporate partner Aetna.”
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Rd, Trenton, NJ 08611
El Trueno will take the field three times in the month of June. Each night will have a specific theme tied to the largest communities represented in the city of Trenton:

Saturday, June 1 vs. Harrisburg Senators, presented by Aetna

– Dominican Republic Heritage Night
– Post-game fireworks show set to merengue music
– Trueno merchandise, featuring the return of Strike, available for sale
– Traditional latin-inspired cuisine available for sale

Saturday, June 8 vs. Erie SeaWolves, presented by Aetna

– Central American Heritage Night
– Trueno Player Card Strip Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, ages six and older, presented by Aetna 
– Post-game fireworks show set to Latin Hits 
– Trueno merchandise, featuring the return of Strike, available for sale
– Traditional latin-inspired cuisine available for sale

Saturday, June 29 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats, presented by Aetna and Echo Tools

– Puerto Rican Heritage Night
– Post-game fireworks show set to salsa music
– Trueno merchandise, featuring the return of Strike, available for sale
– Traditional latin-inspired cuisine available for sale
Taste Trenton
June 7 - 9, 2019
All day

Taste Trenton is back! After taking a year off, the acclaimed Capital City restaurant crawl will return on Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th to show off some of Trenton’s best eateries.

Once again, food adventurers wearing special wristbands will enjoy reduced-price dishes at restaurants across Trenton. As with previous Taste Trenton events, there's a dizzying array of cuisine options including Costa Rican, Venezuelan, Dominican, and Guatemalan as well as BBQ, classic African-American fare, and choices with a New Orleans flair.

NJ Weedman’s Joint will be showcasing the skills of its new chef, Dante Foggy, a winner of Food Network’s Chopped series.
This year, with more than 30 different establishments already signed up, it is likely nearly 40 restaurants will be on the self-guided tour. Taste Trenton began in 2015 as a project of the Trenton Council of Civic Associations (TCCA) as an effort to re-introduce Trenton’s restaurant scene to the residents of Trenton and surrounding communities after several well-known restaurants in the Chambersburg Restaurant District closed or re-located to the suburbs.

For more information including a list of participating restaurants, visit http://www.tastetrenton.com/
Trenton's Art All Night RETURNS
June 15-16, 2019
24 hours from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Trenton's Art All Night RETURNS on June 15-16, 2019!

Art All Night - Trenton 2019 will take place on June 15 & 16, 2019! at the Historic Roebling Wire Works in the Chambersburg section of Trenton!

Art All Night-Trenton is a 24-hour long arts extravaganza occurring annually on the 3rd weekend in June. AAN encourages any artist of any age, medium or skill level to submit one piece of art of their own creation for display in a gallery-like setting. It is free to submit art and free to attend. At Art All Night-Trenton 2011 over 900 artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums submitted work and more than 13,000 people attended. AAN 2013 saw an even larger surge in attendance when 30,000 people walked into our amazing space to witness almost over 1,000 pieces of artwork on display, 50+ bands on three stages and a host of interactive events and a world food court!
637 S Clinton Ave
Trenton, New Jersey 08611
Founded in June 2007, Art All Night-Trenton is a catalyst for community development, shining a spotlight on our region’s artistic talent. The show includes and attracts artists of all ages and skill levels and particularly encourages children and amateur artists to be actively involved by contributing artwork and engaging in on site activities.

Register to Volunteer for a 4-hr shift NOW and help #rebuildaan!

SIGN UP NOW AT: www.aantrenton.org/voluntee r