The NJ League of Municipalities Conference 2018 rolls out inspiration to plan for the future with a theme of Municipalities Leading the Way. The 103rd League Conference will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center November 13-15.
ArtPride has helped to organize two panels that focus on the relationship of the arts to municipalities:
The HeART of Downtown Renaissance
Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00pm
Co-hosted by ArtPride New Jersey and the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
Experts will share how local arts and cultural programs–from festivals and mural projects, to pop up exhibitions and creative use of vacant spaces–spur economic and community development. Panelists will discuss arts and community partnerships that tackle local challenges head-on and help develop healthy and desirable neighborhoods where residents take pride and businesses succeed.
Maureen Vanacore, Northern NJ Community Foundation, ArtsBergen
Patrice Foresman, Main Street Business Alliance, Hackensack
Evan Sanchez, Co-Founder, Authentic City Partners, Atlantic City
Tom Gilmour, Executive Director, Trenton Downtown Association
Dan Swern, Producing Director, CoLAB Arts
Presiding: Andre Sayegh – Mayor of Paterson, NJ
Tourism & Local Governmnent Engagement
Thursday, November 15, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Room 414, Atlantic City Convention Center
Hosted by the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association
Explore the partnership between government and professional tourism marketing. Learn about your Destination Marketing Organization; using the local option Hotel and Lodging Occupancy tax for tourism; how to promote your town and take advantage of existing alliances. Understand cutting-edge proposals to create Tourism Development Authorities (TDA) used successfully in other states to empower local governments to establish their own marketing program with community participation and funding.
Joseph Simonetta – Executive Director, NJ Tourism Industry Assoc.
Jacqueline Morales – Director, Tourism and Somerset County/Business Partnership
Jennifer Costa – DMO Director, Elizabeth
Adam Perle – President & CEO, ArtPride New Jersey
Presiding: J. Christian Bollwage – Mayor, Elizabeth; Past President, NJLM