Meera Kumar is a project officer at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. She graduated in 2019 from the Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme, where she researched the power and participation in Portland’s residential infill project.
In this episode we talked about the economic development strategy of smaller cities in the US, taking the example of New Jersey cities. Meera explains why being close to large metropolises such as New York and Philadelphia can be great advantage.
The episode explores the response of NJEDA to the Covid-19 crisis and looks at ideas on how to efficiently support the economy during tough times. We also discussed the role of NJEDA as an economic booster for Black and LatinX business owners and entrepreneurs, helping in accessing public and private capital and thinking how NJ cities can benefit from such investments.
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