Greater Trenton's Second Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration
Note from the CEO
As our Second Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration approaches, we look forward to bringing people together for a night of conversation and collaboration focusing on the immense potential of New Jersey’s Capital City .
A portion of the monies raised from this event will be invested in Trenton’s aspiring high school students.  This investment is made via a paid Greater Trenton internship program and scholarship fund that provides real-world work experience and directly develops strong writing, public relations and communications skills.  
We owe tremendous thanks to our Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration sponsors to date including Envisioning Sponsor NJM Insurance Group; Building Sponsors Novo Nordisk, Wells Fargo, M&T Bank, PSEG, Capital Health and PNC Bank; and Collaborating Sponsors AT&T, Greater Trenton Chair Emeritus Bernard “Bernie” Flynn, and Windels Marx.
The early bird deadline has been extended to November 15th. If you haven't purchased your ticket, please do so by visiting: .
Our Vice President Bryan Evans and I recently spoke at The Trenton Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants' Fall Seminar at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. We presented a number of projects and initiatives underway to catalyze economic development opportunities throughout the city.
Evans also presented at Rider University and The College of New Jersey in October as part of an ongoing effort to engage students at Trenton's anchoring institutions of higher education and bolster Trenton's positive narrative through TrentonDaily.

There are many exciting upcoming events happening in our Capital City from Light & Life in the Colonies at Old Barracks Museum to the renowned Patriots Week happening in December.
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 or contact him at (609) 473-2837 x102.

Finally, on Friday, November 8th, Greater Trenton will present at The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber's Trenton Economic Development Series Breakfast , where Bryan Evans will showcase our popular 3-minute Capital City video and I will participate on an esteemed panel addressing Trenton's residential landscape, recent projects and plans for the future.
We appreciate your tremendous support and we look forward to continued collaboration and partnership.
George D. Sowa
Chief Executive Officer
Excitement Builds as Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration Approaches

Happening on December 2, 2019 at Cooper’s Riverview in Trenton, the event will bring people together to get re-energized about the immense potential of New Jersey’s Capital City.

Tickets are available here:

This year’s event sponsors to date include:  Envisioning Sponsor  NJM Insurance Group;  Building Sponsors  Novo Nordisk, Wells Fargo, M&T Bank, PSEG, Capital Health and PNC Bank; and  Collaborating Sponsors  AT&T, Greater Trenton Chair Emeritus Bernard “Bernie” Flynn, and Windels Marx.

Honoring the legacy of Caren Franzini, former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton, the Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration pays homage to Caren’s bold, relentless and unselfish leadership as a true friend and advocate in New Jersey’s Capital City and the entire the State of New Jersey.

Featuring an elegant evening of cocktails, conversations and collaborations, the celebration will bring together more than 250 attendees including prominent community, government, and business leaders at this second annual event led by Greater Trenton’s Chair Anthony “Skip” Cimino and CEO George Sowa.
Happening at Cooper’s Riverview, 50 Riverview Plaza in Trenton, on Thursday, December 2nd at 5 p.m. with a pre-celebration at 4 p.m. for VIP ticket holders, this year’s Caren Franzini Capital City Award will be presented to Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.  The Congresswoman is a long-time and influential advocate for the people of Trenton and throughout New Jersey and is currently serving her second term in the United States Congress.

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 at Trenton Central High School to work with TrentonDaily.

The celebration has been made possible by a committee of 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 information on how you can join the effort to memorialize Caren’s extraordinary leadership while helping Greater Trenton reinvigorate New Jersey’s Capital City, please visit or reach out to Bryan Evans at or 609-GREATER (609) 473-2837 x102.
Sowa and Evans Present Trenton's Revitalization Narrative to AGA Trenton Chapter
Greater Trenton Chief Executive Officer George Sowa and Vice President of Marketing & Communications Bryan Evans engaged a crowd of about 125 AGA Trenton Chapter members at Mercer County College College's Conference Center in West Windsor on Friday, October 25, 2019.

"Trenton is full of possibilities," said George Sowa, CEO of Greater Trenton. “A perfect combination of location and economic benefits makes the city a very attractive option for any company or companies interested in leveraging all that Trenton has to offer."

Opening with Greater Trenton's signature 3-minute video touting Trenton's key assets, Sowa and Evans expounded on Trenton's strategic location in the heart of the U.S. Northeast Corridor, opportunities for development throughout the city, initiatives to position Trenton as an innovation hub, Opportunity Zones, public and private residential opportunities, TrentonDaily as a perception changer, and planning for equity and diversity.

"Trenton succeeds when everyone succeeds," said Evans. "Planning for equity and inclusion now is critical as we collaborate with business and community leaders as well as City, State, County, and Federal Government to catalyze revitalization efforts in New Jersey's Capital City."

The Association of Government Accountants Trenton Chapter President Nikki M. Farrell, CICA leads the local chapter's effort to provide quality educational events, prime networking opportunities, and to promote community service events throughout the year.

“We thank George Sowa and Bryan Evans for presenting at the AGA Trenton Chapter’s 2019 Fall Seminar,” said Nikki Farrell, AGA Trenton Chapter President. “We appreciate the knowledge they were able to spread to our members about Trenton’s Revitalization and give Trenton the boost that it needs!”
Bryan Evans Inspires Students at Rider University and The College of New Jersey
Bryan Evans, Greater Trenton Vice President of Marketing and Communications, visited Kim Pearson's Writing for Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on October 29, 2019 to talk about TrentonDaily and to hear from a group of dynamic students offering up compelling stories ranging from arts & culture to economic development to urban farming. Beaming with ideas and inspirational musings, a dozen students at TCNJ's School of Fine Arts & Communication came prepared to deliver.

"TrentonDaily has afforded the students at The College of New Jersey an invaluable opportunity to tell positive stories about aspects of the Trenton community that don't often get media coverage," said Kim Pearson, TCNJ's Associate Professor of Journalism and Professional Writing. "It has also allowed them to engage in substantive ways that piques their interests."

Pearson’s former students have collaborated with Greater Trenton to write a number of Trenton-related stories since the inception of TrentonDaily in September of 2018.
On Thursday, October 2, 2019, Evans also had an opportunity to present at Kathy Magrino’s COM107 Writing for the Media class at  Rider University , where some very bright students chimed in on various topics of interest as they prepared to write stories for TrentonDaily.

Last year, Magrino’s COM107 students collaborated with Greater Trenton to write a number of Trenton-related 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 refreshment to a growing well of inspiring Trenton-focused stories.
Greater Trenton to Present at Trenton Economic Development Series on Nov. 8
Light & Life in the Colonies
November 5, 2019 & November 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Tour the Old Barracks Museum in the evening twilight to discover first-hand how light and darkness affected daily activities, work, and entertainment in the 18th century. 

Availability of light varied among social class and rank. This 45 minute tour is not simply "Barracks-by-night", but instead focuses on life after sunset before electricity. See how access to light was dictated by social standing and rank by comparing the candles available in the soldiers’ quarters and the officers’ house. The tailor’s shop in the museum will show how the work day was impacted by sunlight. 

Tuesday, November 5 & Tuesday, November 19

Museum opens at 6:45 PM; Tour begins at 7 p.m.
Admission: $15; $10-Old Barracks Association Members
The Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Throwback 90's with Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik Live in Concert
November 23, 2019
7:30 p.m.

For the first time together on stage in Trenton, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu, the voices behind thousands of Indian cinema’s best-loved songs, will bring your back to mesmerizing music of the 90's.
Cure Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
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 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
Locations Throughout the City

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