New Jersey Future
land use planning & policy
New Jersey Future is interested in investigating a number of topics related to improving and monitoring land use patterns, such as measuring progress toward the State Strategic Plan and providing recommendations on flood mitigation strategies for several coastal communities.
YWCA - Trenton
social entrepreneurship and the role of retail in downtown revitalization
The YWCA has a long history as a social change organization. To better serve the needs of Trenton residents and workers, the YWCA is developing plans for a new social enterprise that will combine job training and retail downtown. Modeled after a successful program in Roanoke, Virginia, the Trenton facility could include a high-end consignment shop, a bistro serving breakfast and lunch, and an art gallery.
Developing a business plan for such an enterprise raises several questions:
- What factors contribute to the success of the Roanoke program? Would the same model be feasible in Trenton?
- What kinds of retail and restaurant offerings would draw and best serve workers who commute into the city? This could involve collaborating on a market research study.
- How should the success of such a venture be measured? What are appropriate goals and benchmarks?
YWCA of Trenton's website