Greater Trenton's Front Entrance Garden at 124 West State Street
Note from the CEO
Summer is winding down, but opportunities are blooming from budding initiatives to growing flowers at Greater Trenton's 124 West State Street HQ.
I recently participated, along with our Vice President of Marketing Bryan Evans, on a WBCB Podcast with Mayor Reed Gusciora to discuss new and exciting initiatives happening in the city. As part of that discussion, we spoke about a number of topics relevant to Greater Trenton's mission and the city's potential as a hot spot for business and economic development.

One key initiative this summer was our First Annual Journalism and Communications Internship and Scholarship Program, which was very impactful both from the perspectives of bolstering Trenton's positive narrative and providing Trenton High School students with real world experience and that they can use for a lifetime.

This program was made possible by the success of our First Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration held last year. This year's event will take place on December 2, 2019 at Cooper's Riverview (50 Riverview Plaza) in Trenton. Registration is now open.
As always, there are some great events happening in the city and we encourage you to get out and support them.

Check out the latest TrentonDaily stories highlighting progress and opportunities in New Jersey's State Capital and please contact Bryan Evans at for story submissions.

Your tremendous support is appreciated and we look forward to continuing meaningful dialogue and collaboration.



George D. Sowa
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Trenton Communications Internship Helps Bolster the City's Positive Narrative
“Part of Greater Trenton’s purpose is to help create a positive and forward-thinking narrative for New Jersey’s Capital City,” said Greater Trenton’s Chief Executive Officer George Sowa. “Thanks to the creation of, this is happening. As we invest in the development of writing and communications skills for Trenton’s youth, this will become even more of a grass-roots initiative.”

Greater Trenton’s First Annual Journalism and Communications Internship and Scholarship Program was met with tremendous success as two bright Trenton Central High School graduates begin their transition from summer work in TrentonDaily’s newsroom to a fall semester at respective institutions of higher learning.

Belveth Simon and Emily De Jesus, both selected as esteemed recipients of Greater Trenton’s Scholarship and Internship Award in May, began their journey with Greater Trenton on June 24th and have far exceeded expectations for the program.
Emily will attend Dickinson College where she will major in Communications and Business Administration and Belveth will begin Rider University with a focus on secondary education and mathematics.

In addition to a paid summer internship working as news writers for Greater Trenton’s TrentonDaily online publication, Emily and Belveth were also issued scholarship monies toward college.

“Emily and Belveth have set the bar high for this exciting internship program, which was made possible by proceeds from  Greater Trenton’s First Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration  held last year,” said Bryan Evans, Vice President at Greater Trenton. “We look forward to expanding this program to engage Trenton students who have a passion for writing to accentuate New Jersey’s Capital City’s more positive narrative while also exposing bright minds to the world of journalism and communications.”

“Greater Trenton’s internship program offers a tremendous opportunity to not only strengthen a passion for writing, but to also help bolster positive stories about Trenton from talented minds and bring fresh perspectives to Trenton’s multifaceted story from a lens of progress and opportunity,” Evans noted.
Greater Trenton Featured on WBCB's Trenton Today Podcast
On August 8th, 2019, Greater Trenton representatives, CEO George Sowa and Marketing Vice President Bryan Evans, sat down with Mayor Reed Gusciora and Chris Ermer to record an episode of WBCB’s podcast Trenton Today.

The podcast recording took place at Trenton’s Starbucks on 102 South Warren Street, one of the many places established as part of the city’s great revitalization.

Focused on the new and exciting events and initiatives in the works for the city of Trenton, the podcast highlighted the grand opening of the newly renovated Trenton Central High School, programs to bolster a positive perception of the city and other key efforts to enhance redevelopment.

“We are moving forward and the motivation is here,” stated Mayor Reed Gusciora.

George Sowa and Bryan Evans, as featured guests, discussed Greater Trenton’s mission and various highlights including the organization’s residential whitepaper to entice state employees to live and work in the Downtown; Trenton’s high propensity and recognition as a burgeoning tech town; TrentonDaily as a growing source of positive news about the city; and other key points of progress on the residential, commercial and marketing front.
“We really try to work with city, county, state, and other key stakeholders within the city and outside the city to make good things happen here in Trenton,” said Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa.

“This year, we’re particularly excited about our Journalism and Communications Scholarship and Internship Program where we engage with Trenton Central High School students who work as part of our editorial team and write positive stories about the city,” said Greater Trenton Marketing Vice President Bryan Evans.

Relating to Greater Trenton’s mission, the four spoke at length about the city’s massive potential. Some points touched upon during the conversation involved Trenton’s incredible history, culture, and arts.

The four not only spoke about Trenton’s power as a hot spot for business and economic development, but also about how the city is enriched with a tremendous amount of unique buoyancy that cannot be found elsewhere.

To listen to this episode or other episodes of the Trenton Today podcast, visit

Registration is now Open for the 2nd Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration
Greater Trenton's 2nd Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration will take place on December 2, 2019 at Cooper's Riverview ( 50 Riverview Plaza) in Trenton from 5 to 8 p.m. with a pre-reception at 4 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.

The celebration, which honors the legacy of  Caren Franzini , former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton, will recognize Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman with this year's Caren Franzini Capital City Award for her ongoing commitment to Trenton.
With welcoming remarks by Mayor Reed Gusciora, this elegant evening will include cocktails, conversations and collaborations as attendees reflect on Trenton's past, reimagine its future, and mingle with some of the most influential leaders impacting the Capital City.

Event Co-Chairs include Brenda Ross-Dulan, Principal of the Ross Dulan Group, LLC and Mike Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Group. 

For information on how you can join the effort to memorialize Caren’s extraordinary leadership while helping Greater Trenton reinvigorate our Capital City, please reach out to Bryan Evans at or call 609-473-2837 x102 or visit
This Summer's Last Levitt AMP Trenton Series Concert
September 5, 2019
5:30 p.m.

The Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series will hold its last concert for the summer on September 5 in Mill Hill Park 165 E. Front Street in Downtown Trenton featuring Rev. Sekou & The Freedom Fighters w/Kingsley Ibeneche
With the support of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. and the NJ State Council on the Arts, popular headline musical acts have been tapped from all over the United States and recognized local performers from New Jersey. These free concerts are open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend throughout the series and bring blankets and/or lawn chairs!

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Trenton, New Jersey as one of 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Trenton Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Mill Hill Park in 2019.
Mill Hill Park
165 East Front Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Shreya Ghoshal Live Concert
September 7, 2019
8 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Shreya Ghoshal has been performing all over the world and captivating audiences with her charming personality, ability to connect to audience instantly and above all her musical ability.

Her performance as a team leader and a performer in "Music Ka Maha Muqabala" has been legendary.
Cure Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
Trenton PrideFest
September 28
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Trenton – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, Department of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture, and Trenton Celebrates Presents the 2019 Trenton LGBTQ Pride Fest – a Forum for LGBTQ+ people (and allies) living, working, playing in Trenton, NJ & nearby communities to share information about events or issues important to LGBTQ+ people.
South Warren St. between E. State St. and Lafayette Street in Downtown Trenton, NJ
Capital City Farmers Market at Mill Hill Park
Through October 31st
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Capital City Farmers Market is running every Thursday through October 31st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mill Hill Park located at 165 E. Front Street, Trenton, NJ. Each week the market draws around 4,000 visitors — workers from the surrounding state/government offices and private businesses, as well as residents and tourists.

The market features Jersey Fresh farm produce and regional producers, artisanal food, specialty produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, jewelry, all natural body and face care products, and much more.

They’re a close and growing community. Long-term vendors have a dedicated base of loyal fans, and several have gone on to open brick and mortar stores after growing with the Capital City Farmers Market.
Mill Hill Park
165 E. Front Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

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