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Fanny Blanc

Meera Kumar

July 16th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Meera Kumar

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Fanny Blanc

Meera Kumar

July 16th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Meera Kumar

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

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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About the author

Fanny Blanc

Fanny is a Policy Officer at LSE London where she carries out policy-oriented analysis and public engagement in the fields of housing and urban planning. She is co-author of several reports targeted at policymakers and practitioners including Residents’ experience of high-density housing in London and A 21st Century Metropolitan Green Belt. Fanny is also in charge of events at LSE London and has developed the ‘London Talks’ with Nancy Holman & Alan Mace since January 2019.

Meera Kumar

Meera Kumar is a 2018/19 RUPS student working in economic development in the greater NYC-area. Prior to LSE, she worked at the Federal Reserve and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in India.

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