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March 29, 2010

Re:  Shaping the “City” of New Jersey Conference

Dear Mayor:

The League of Municipalities in conjunction with the Rutgers faculty and Cooperative Extension staff are committed to providing solutions for New Jersey residents and governing bodies. Because our State is projected to be the first in the country to be fully “built-out” we believe there must be an increased emphasis on urban and suburban issues.  To this end, Rutgers is hosting a Shaping the “City” of New Jersey Conference that will bring together elected officials, Environmental County Agents, the NGO community, Rutgers faculty and staff to address environmental and economic issues facing the State’s urban and suburban communities. Our goal is to develop economically feasible and creative solutions for the myriad environmental and infrastructure issues confronting municipalities today. The conference will be held at the Cook Campus Continuing Studies Conference Center on Friday, April 16, 2010.

Panel discussions will focus on green infrastructure and job creation, and highlight work currently in progress across the State that is providing environmental and economic benefits to local communities. We cordially invite you to join us for the Conference, which is being funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.  Should you be unable to attend, we hope that you will designate a member of your administration to represent you at the event. Information for free Conference registration is available at the website

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an informative and beneficial collaboration between Rutgers faculty and staff, local elected officials, and representatives of New Jersey’s NGO community.


Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

Beth Ravit, Ph.D.    

Christopher Obropta, P.E., Ph.D.      

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