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Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum

33 Livingston Avenue

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Work on The Fourth Regional Plan began by talking with and listening to people from across the region. What the Regional Plan Association heard was that people loved where they live, but they had serious concerns. Housing was too expensive. Commutes were long and unreliable. The destruction brought by Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy underscored the region’s vulnerability to climate change and raised questions about how
prepared we were for the storms to come.

As President and CEO of Regional Plan Association, Tom Wright led the production of The Fourth Regional Plan, released in November 2017, proposes 61 recommendations to improve prosperity and quality of life in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Recommendations include reforming public sector institutions, modernizing our transportation systems, addressing the challenge of climate change, and providing affordable and livable communities for all residents in the region. The Fourth Plan is the product of five years of research and public engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. Like the plans released before it, The Fourth Plan is intended to help elected officials, policymakers, and advocates plan for the region’s future.

1.5 AICP CM credits pending.

Light reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

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Tom Wright is President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Plan Association (RPA), the nation’s oldest independent metropolitan research, planning and advocacy organization. RPA improves the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability, health and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region by preparing long-range plans and advocating for their implementation.

Prior to being named RPA’s president in 2015, Tom was RPA’s Executive Director. Before his current tenure at RPA began in 2001, Tom was Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan. In the early 1990s, he was RPA’s New Jersey director and coordinator of the award-winning Mayors' Institute on City Design.

Tom has helped lead many key RPA initiatives, including the historic Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; the campaign to create a mixed-use district at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards; the protection of the New Jersey Highlands; and a vision plan for the City of Newark. Tom was also the project manager for A Region at Risk, RPA’s influential third plan for the metropolitan region published in 1996. A leading thinker on urban and regional policy, Tom is a frequent speaker, lecturer and commentator on economic growth and development, transit investment, good governance and other public policy issues.


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