HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - A three-part series of webinars exploring the need to create walkable, pedestrian-friendly cities as a larger part of proactive economic development attraction and retention strategies to build resilient local economies, is set to launch on April 30.

Hosted by the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, the County of Hudson, and McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, "15 Minute City: Planning the Post-Pandemic American Future"pdf will continue on May 14 and June 17 and include experts in the fields of planning, transportation, and municipal finance.  

“The COVID-19 crisis has thrust health, equity and social justice to the forefront of planning issues. Moving forward there’s an opportunity for our municipalities to consider America’s social and economic disparities in the built environment,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said. “This speaker series is part of the process to promulgate systemic changes by promoting and exchanging  new ideas about access, mobility and economic vitality within our communities.”

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In a statement announcing the series the organizers said that studies have consistently proven that walkable cities sensitive to civic design attract more college graduates, achieve significantly higher economic growth and foster a greater quality of life score. Yet many regions throughout the state are still plagued by a glut of parking and pedestrian-unfriendly streets, increased pollution and limited social interaction. The next-generation workforce-Gen Z, Millennials, and even Gen X before them-crave walkable, bike-friendly neighborhoods and cities, now popularly termed the “The 15-Minute City.” 

“Integrating business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts is a natural and content important progression of our mission. Building healthy local ecosystems and communities today requires new thinking and innovative strategies so that we can be at the forefront of Hudson County’s growth,” Michelle E. Richardson, Executive Director, Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, said. “Fostering conversations about how public and private partnerships can build more resilient economies will help accelerate all efforts to foster long-term health.”

Citing projections by the United Nations that more than 85% of the U.S. population will live in cities and their surrounding suburbs by 2030, Mel E. Myers, Esq., McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC said that “this series will demonstrate the issues which currently prevent such a shift, and provide insight into how we can address these challenges.”

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