Greater Trenton Headquarters at 124 West State Street
Note from the CEO
As many of you already know, our outgoing Board Chair Skip Cimino was a tremendous asset to Greater Trenton as one of the key co-founders of the organization and through his many leadership roles over the years. Now, with the baton passed on to Kevin Cummings, we’re encouraged and excited that Skip's great legacy, together with the work of our past-Chairs, Caren Franzini and Bernie Flynn, will continue on through Kevin’s leadership.

In addition to incoming Board Chair Kevin Cummings, we welcome our new officer appointments including Corporate Secretary Dr. Merodie Hancock, President of Thomas Edison State University and Treasurer Peg Forrestel, Director of Community Affairs of Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

We also welcome our newest Board members including Eleanor Horne, Trustee of Princeton Area Community Foundation; Brendan Monahan, Senior Vice President and Regional Vice President of TD Bank, NA; and Treby Williams, Executive Vice President of Princeton University.

Just recently, Greater Trenton hosted the annual Board meeting of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC) at our 124 West State Street HQ, which features three prints on loan from CCRC. As many of you are aware, I serve on the Executive Committee of CCRC which is chaired by Senator Peter Inverso.

We continue to build upon our relationship with our Anchoring Institutions of Higher Education to bolster an emerging positive narrative about our city.  To that end, our Vice President Bryan Evans is leading an effort with Rider University students to assist Greater Trenton with an array of marketing efforts to promote our Capital City.
Evans also engaged with students on Princeton Arc Prep Portfolio Day to help bring awareness of an important program between Princeton University and Trenton Central High School encouraging Trenton youth participation in the field of architecture.

With more than 70,000 readers and growing, TrentonDaily continues to be a go-to source for stories on 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 some exciting upcoming events happening in our Capital City from the Harlem Globetrotters to Trenton's debut of the one and only Adam Sandler at Cure Insurance Arena.

We value your continued support and we look forward to working together in close collaboration and partnership.
 
Best,
 
George
 
George D. Sowa
Chief Executive Officer
GREATER TRENTON
Greater Trenton Announces New Board Appointments, Expanded Role in Economic Development
Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank and incoming Board Chair of Greater Trenton
Greater Trenton announced new officer appointments including: Board Chair Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank; Corporate Secretary Dr. Merodie Hancock, President of Thomas Edison State University; and Treasurer Peg Forrestel, Director of Community Affairs of Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, new Board members include Eleanor Horne, Trustee of Princeton Area Community Foundation; Brendan Monahan, Senior Vice President and Regional Vice President of TD Bank, NA; and Treby Williams, Executive Vice President of Princeton University.

With the help of dedicated board and committee members, Greater Trenton continues to expand its role in developing and revitalizing Trenton, New Jersey through collaborative partnerships and grassroots initiatives designed to attract more investment, economic vitality, and improve the lives of the residents in New Jersey’s Capital City.

Key initiatives in 2020 include working to foster public-private partnerships for new, prospective downtown mixed-use projects; formulating a new housing incentive to encourage workers to live and work in the downtown; securing leadership roles and collaboration with complementary organizations; and refinement and expansion of its daily news publication TrentonDaily.
“I’m thrilled to serve in this important capacity as Chair of Greater Trenton’s Board of Trustees,” said Kevin Cummings, Greater Trenton Chair. “We applaud Skip Cimino, outgoing Chair, who has provided outstanding leadership as one of the key founders of Greater Trenton serving in many roles including Chair, Co-Chair, Corporate Secretary, member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Audit and Finance Committee, and chair of the Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee, all since the organization’s inception. We also applaud the exemplary contributions of outgoing Corporate Secretary, Ramona Romero of Princeton University and outgoing Board member Robert Curley of TD Bank, both of whom have committed to continuing their involvement on our Advisory Committee.”

“Greater Trenton was created with long-term organizational sustainability to withstand changes in leadership within the organization as well as changes at all levels of government. Skip Cimino has been a tremendous asset to Greater Trenton. The work that he has done as one of the key co-founders of the organization and through many leadership roles, has laid the important groundwork for future success and advancement of our city,” said George Sowa, Greater Trenton CEO. “With the baton passed on to Kevin Cummings, we’re encouraged and excited that Skip's great legacy, together with the work of our past-Chairs of Caren Franzini and Bernie Flynn, will continue on through Kevin’s leadership.”

While both Ramona Romero, Vice President and General Counsel at Princeton University and Robert Curley, South Jersey Market President at TD Bank, have stepped down from the Greater Trenton Board, they will remain active on Greater Trenton’s Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. George Pruitt, President Emeritus of Thomas Edison University and co-chaired by Brenda Ross-Dulan of the Ross Dulan Group.   

“We’re thrilled that former board members continue to stay actively involved on our various committees; giving unselfishly of their time and resources to help improve the city and the lives of residents and future residents,” said Sowa. “We congratulate our new corporate officers and also welcome our newest board members. We look forward to their tremendous leadership, expertise and engagement as we continue to move the city forward.”
Greater Trenton Leads Effort to Engage Marketers at Rider University
Rider University students are working with Greater Trenton’s Vice President of Marketing Bryan Evans to develop what will essentially be a semester-long initiative to assist with an array of marketing efforts promoting New Jersey’s Capital City.

During Kathy Magrino’s COM341 class on February 6, Evans inspired a room full of students with a presentation on Trenton’s key assets and opportunities.

“Kathy Magrino’s class was filled with an engaging and energetic group of students,” said Evans. “I was impressed with the quality of questions and overall level of interest from this group.”

Gina Mastroianni, a Rider University senior pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, had some interesting takeaways from the session. “The presentation really got me buzzing,” said Mastroianni. “It opened my eyes to a lot of positive things happening in Trenton, and the video that Greater Trenton presented added a lot of visual context to the potential of the city.”
Mastroianni holds community improvement initiatives close to her heart, particularly given the work she engages in as President of Rider’s Greek Council. Part of this work includes supporting various council initiatives and encouraging new ideas from Greek Council members.

“The opportunity to work with Evans and Greater Trenton is such a great learning experience for the communication, business and public relations students in my COM341 class at Rider University,” said Magrino. “It’s this type of real-world experiential learning, and the exciting challenges that it presents, that will allow the students to share their ideas and apply their skills to something meaningful.” 

Since 2018, Magrino’s students have collaborated with Greater Trenton to engage in Trenton’s positive narrative with stories featuring people, places, food, arts & culture, historic moments and more. Greater Trenton’s Engagement with all five of Trenton’s anchor institutions of higher learning including Princeton University, Thomas Edison State University, Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey and Rider University, continues to enhance diverse perspectives; supplying a growing well of inspiring Trenton-focused stories.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TRENTON?
Health of the Delaware River
March 5, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Panelists will address the progress that has been made in the Delaware River watershed over the last half-century, and examine the factors that could slow or reverse it. Please come out for this NJ Spotlight roundtable event sponsored by the William Penn Foundation.

This event will be livestreamed by NJTV News.

Location:
Cooper's Riverview
50 Riverview Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cooper's Riverview | 50 Riverview Plaza | Trenton, NJ
The Harlem Globetrotters
March 7, 2020
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new tour. There will be new high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt and unforgettable family moments. See the Pushing The Limits World Tour live.

CURE Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cure Insurance Arena | 81 Hamilton Avenue | Trenton, NJ
Trenton Eclectic: An Exhibition of Art, Objects & Artifacts from 350 Years of Trenton History
March 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come out on March 15th for the closing event of "Exhibition of Art, Objects & Artifacts from 350 Years of Trenton History" in the upstairs galleries at The Trenton City Museum Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, New Jersey.

Closing Reception: March 15, 1-4 p.m.
Trenton Historical Society Lecture

At 2 p.m. will be The Early Clocks of New Jersey Clocks: 1725 – 1825, given by Steven Petrucelli.
$5 at door; free to members

The Trenton City Museum | Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park | Trenton, NJ
Mother (and me)
March 20-22, 2020
7:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Passage Theatre Company, Trenton’s Barrymore Award-winning professional theatre company, will present its second Solo Flight of the 2020 Season, Mother (and me), written and performed by Melinda Buckley and directed by Brian Feehan. This show will run for one weekend only, March 20-22, at the Mill Hill Playhouse.

Performances of Mother (and me) are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. for one weekend only, March 20-22. Tickets are $13 – $27. Student, group and senior discounts are available. To purchase tickets, call (609) 392-0766, or visit www.passagetheatre.org.  
Mill Hill Playhouse | 205 E. Front Street | Trenton, NJ
Crossroads of the American Revolution Annual Meeting
March 25, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come out to Crossroads of the American Revolution Association's Annual Meeting.
Highlights will include the findings from the Site Assessment of 140 New Jersey Revolutionary era heritage sites. Representatives of the assessment team (Clarke Caton Hintz, Hunter Research and Hargrove International) will share an overview of the state's readiness and heritage tourism potential for the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026.

The event is hosted by Thomas Edison State University.

Location
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
Thomas Edison State University | 111 West State Street | Trenton, NJ
Adam Sandler Comes to Trenton
April 23, 2020
8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

The multi-talented Adam Sandler is bringing his latest tour – 100% Fresher – to Trenton on Thursday, April 23rd with a stop at CURE Insurance Arena. Special surprise guest to be announced later.

A successful actor, writer, producer, and musician, Sandler has been performing for live audiences on a sold-out tour over the last couple of years across the U.S. and Canada. 100% Fresh was recently released on Netflix and marked Sandler’s first comedy special in over twenty years. In conjunction with Netflix, Warner Bros. Records released the audio companion to Sandler’s critically acclaimed Netflix special, 100% Fresh: A Netflix Original Comedy Special, on all streaming services and CD in 2019. Sandler’s comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records have gone multi-platinum and have collectively sold more than six million copies to date.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at cureinsurancearena.com .
Cure Insurance Arena | 81 Hamilton Avenue | Trenton, NJ

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