Leaders join in as Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Receives Award at Greater Trenton's Second Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration
Note from the CEO
Our Second Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration was well-attended and highly engaging as we convened people from various levels of City and State Government, business, non-profit, education, and Trenton community arenas to converse, collaborate, focus on the immense potential of New Jersey’s Capital City, and honor Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for her great leadership and work in the city of Trenton and beyond.

We owe tremendous thanks to our event sponsors including Envisioning Sponsors NJM Insurance Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Building Sponsors Princeton University, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Novo Nordisk, Wells Fargo, M&T Bank, Capital Health, Investors Bank and PNC Bank; and Collaborating Sponsors PSEG, AT&T, Greater Trenton Chair Emeritus Bernard “Bernie” Flynn, Windels Marx, Rue Insurance, RWJ Barnabas Health and Janssen.

We also owe thanks to our dynamic event committee of business and community leaders co-chaired by Brenda Ross-Dulan , Principal at the Ross Dulan Group, LLC and Mike Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Group. For photos of the event click here.
On December 13, 2019, our Vice President of Marketing & Communications Bryan Evans addressed a crowd of nearly 100 non-profit leaders at PNC's Annual Community Breakfast at The Nassau Club in Princeton, where he discussed key Greater Trenton projects of significance in the coming year.

Earlier this month, Evans was also chosen to participate in Lead New Jersey's class of 2020. He was also recently elected to serve on Trenton Downtown Association's Board of Trustees.
With 60,000+ readers annually, TrentonDaily continues to make an impact by highlighting stories of progress and opportunity in New Jersey's State Capital City. If you have story ideas for TrentonDaily , please connect with Bryan Evans at bevans@greatertrenton.org or contact him at (609) 473-2837 x102.

There are many exciting upcoming events happening in our Capital City, particularly around Patriots Week. We encourage you to check them out!

As always, we appreciate all of your support and we look forward to continued collaboration and partnership.

Happy Holidays!
George D. Sowa
Chief Executive Officer
Engaging and Uplifting Celebration Captures Hearts, Honors Leaders
The weather behaved on December 16, 2019, as hundreds of people came together in the spirit of collaboration and engagement while enjoying an extraordinary evening view of Trenton’s storied riverfront at Cooper’s Riverview. The event marked Greater Trenton’s 2nd Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration bringing together more than 200 attendees and inspiring deep collaboration among some of the most influential leaders impacting the Capital City.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a long-time and influential advocate for the people of Trenton and throughout New Jersey, was presented with the Caren Franzini 2019 Capital City Award.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Warm remarks by Event Co-Chairs Brenda Ross-Dulan and Mike Van Wagner; Greater Trenton Chair Emeritus Bernie Flynn; Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa; and Mayor Reed Gusciora set the tone for an exciting evening. Preceded by a surprise congratulatory video from First Lady Tammy Murphy, the Honorable Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman expressed her gratitude for the award and her ongoing commitment to Trenton’s bright future.

During the ceremony, an inspirational video entitled “Why Trenton?” produced by Greater Trenton Vice President Bryan Evans, was met with applause as the high-energy crowd expressed excitement about the importance and meaning behind this annual gathering. A redacted version of this video will be released generally later this week.

The event was made possible by a number of sponsors including Envisioning Sponsors NJM Insurance Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Building Sponsors Wells Fargo, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Novo Nordisk, Princeton University, Capital Health, M&T Bank, Investors Bank, and PNC; and Collaborating Sponsors PSEG, Bernard M. Flynn “Bernie,” Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, Rue Insurance, RWJ Barnabas Health, Janssen and AT&T.
Led by Greater Trenton’s Chair Anthony “Skip” Cimino and CEO George Sowa, the annual celebration attracts prominent community, government, and business leaders.

Serving as the first co-chair of Greater Trenton along with Bernie Flynn, former president and CEO of NJM Insurance Group, Ms. Franzini was dedicated to bringing jobs, businesses and places to live to the downtown. Reflecting on her tremendous impact and emboldened by the momentum she brought to the Capital City, Mr. Flynn suggested the creation of The Caren Franzini Capital City Award which turned into an annual celebration that would revisit Caren’s vision and revolutionary work in support of Greater Trenton’s mission.

A portion of the monies raised from this event will be invested in Trenton’s youth through a scholarship fund that directly develops strong writing, public relations and communications skills right here in downtown Trenton. As part of this process, Greater Trenton invites aspiring journalists, who serve as high school seniors in Trenton, to work with TrentonDaily as paid Summer interns.

The celebration was spearheaded by a committee of business and community leaders, co-chaired by Brenda Ross-Dulan, Principal at the Ross Dulan Group, LLC and Mike Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Group.

The 2019 Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration Event Committee Members include George Sowa, Greater Trenton; Bryan Evans, Greater Trenton; Brenda Ross-Dulan, Co-chair, The Ross Dulan Group; and Mike Van Wagner, Co-chair, NJM Insurance Group; Nancy Faherty, Cashel Faherty Public Relations; Patricia Hartpence, NJM Insurance Group; Reggie Hallett, 1911 Smokehouse; Andy Zalescik, Northfield Bank; John Goedecke, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company; Bernie Flynn, Chair of Greater Trenton’s Advisory Committee; Jeannine Frisby LaRue, Kaufman Zita Group; Karen Jezierny, Princeton University; Brian Kelly, Novo Nordisk and John Thurber, Thomas Edison State University
Bryan Evans Presents at PNC's Annual Community Breakfast
On December 13, 2019, Greater Trenton's Vice President of Marketing & Communications addressed an energetic crowd of nearly 100 leaders at the Nassau Club in Princeton, NJ to talk about some of Greater Trenton's key projects in the coming year.

At PNC's Annual Community Breakfast, key area non-profit organizations are asked to provide brief statements (2-minutes) about their mission and newest initiatives affecting the communities they serve.

"We're working with the City on the expanded scope of the $11.5 million former Urban Blight Reduction Pilot Program (now known as the Neighborhood Redevelopment and Revitalization Pilot Program), said Evans. "The program’s scope has been dramatically increased to include selected acquisition, stabilization, renovation and remediation which will provide for a much more impactful program."
Evans also discussed Greater Trenton's efforts working with the City and a not-for-profit organization to develop a workforce training program for Returning Citizens.

In addition, Greater Trenton's Residential White Paper continues to be a key effort working with the State toward creating an incentive program to encourage a portion of the State’s 20,000 Trenton workers to live and work in the downtown. 

"The viability of this concept was validated when we updated our original residential market study and it showed a 75% increase demand and a more expedient absorption," said Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa. "This project aims to be designed and commenced in 2020."

Evans also discussed the tremendous success of TrentonDaily, which now boasts over 60,000 readers to date, as a tool to change perceptions of the city and usher in a positive narrative about the many people, places, initiatives, historic moments, arts & culture and more that makes the city so attractive.
Evans Joins Ranks of Leaders as Part of Lead New Jersey's Incoming Class of 2020
Bryan Evans, Greater Trenton's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, was chosen to participate in Lead New Jersey's (LNJ) 2020 fellowship program, which brings together a highly select group of leaders to learn about the cutting edge issues facing New Jersey, link directly with talented leaders working throughout the state, and lead as a champion of their own most cherished ideas and values. 

At the 2019 Celebration of Leaders, held on Thursday December 5, 2019 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, Princeton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Jeffrey M. Vega rendered a heartfelt keynote address about his challenging pathway to success and the importance of proactively recognizing leadership.
LNJ Chair Michael Van Wagner, along with LNJ President Mark Murphy and others, officiated a congratulatory ceremony for the 2019 class and introduced the class of 2020.

LNJ develops well-informed leaders, known as Fellows, who are prepared to cross boundaries across sectors, work effectively with people of all backgrounds, and find common ground with those who may think differently about issues. LNJ's network of more than 1600 Fellows is the state of New Jersey's most valuable resource for professional connections and community servic e

In addition to joining LNJ's class of 2020, Evans was also recently elected to serve on Trenton Downtown Association's Board of Trustees.
Patriots Week
December 26 - 31, 2019

In Trenton, New Jersey’s Capital City provides the unique opportunity for residents and tourists to experience the events that shaped our nation during Patriots Week. The Trenton Downtown Association works closely with neighboring sites in the area to bring the most comprehensive historical experience to life for those of all ages and backgrounds. Through the immersive experience that is Patriots Week, the TDA commemorates and recognizes Trenton’s unique and pivotal role in the American Revolution. A role that has shaped some of the very streets and buildings that can still be seen standing today as they were in 1776.

Patriots Week is held annually from December 26 – December 31 during the week between Christmas and New Year’s and attracts thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy historical tours, a pub crawl, colonial ball, lectures, films, art, music, battlefield re-enactments, and living history events. This year use your holiday break for a fun & history-filled family staycation!

With over 70 events taking place during the six-day period it’s easy for families and history aficionados to spend a few days in Central New Jersey this December. 

COMING SOON, new patriotsweek.com website & 2019 schedule of events. 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for all updates and news for 2019!

The full schedule will be available on www.patriotsweek.com
Locations Throughout the City
Art for Lee: Trenton Pop Up Audience Meet Up
January 24, 2020

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To support local artists. there will be art from various local artists for sale at $50, $100, and $150.

This will be a fundraiser benefiting Addison's mom, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. "Art for Lee!" is a pop up art show held at Artworks on January 24th, 6-8pm benefiting Lee Pfeiffer, mom to Addison Vincent Pfieffer & Jessie Murray. A few months ago, Lee was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Proceeds will go directly to Lee Pfeiffer to help with the costs of her treatment and medical expenses.

Artworks Trenton 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, New Jersey 08611

Reach us at 609-GREATER (609-473-2837)