Lauren Skowronski 
Sustainable Jersey 


Friday October 2, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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The Conference Center At Mercer 
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

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Sustainable Jersey's Government Connext Forum

Friday, October 2, 2015

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Program

 The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor

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In this digital age, citizens expect immediate access to information and streamlined communication alternatives. How can local municipalities meet these expectations and improve operating efficiencies? Find out how at the Government Connext Forum on October 2 when Sustainable Jersey will convene an array of experts to highlight cost effective technologies, share best practices, and release its new suite of actions focused on helping local governments implement innovative technologies and practices to serve and engage residents.

Sessions throughout the day will focus on three subject tracks:

  • Digital government:  Techniques to reach citizens beyond council meetings, engage them in the decision making process, provide access for municipal processes online and crowd source information on community issues and policy suggestions.
  • Open government data and public information:  Methods for towns to keep up with the trend of being proactive in sharing public information, which will in turn will create efficiencies within government and generate cost savings.
  • Emergency communications planning:  Strategies to get important warnings and updates to the public during disasters and other emergencies to make sure the necessary steps are in place and key people are ready to implement your emergency operations plan, and vulnerable populations are identified and kept in the loop.

Joining us as keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute.  Dr. Shark is a renowned expert in mobile and e-government, technology trends in government, as well as thought-leadership professional development issues for IT executives and public managers.  He will share best practices for municipalities to save money and become more efficient, while providing new and improved services to the public through innovative technologies.

CEUs Now Available for CMFO/CCFO, CTC, CPWM, RMC, QPA!  The keynote and all breakout sessions are now eligible for 1 CEU contact hour each (4 total hours for the full day!).  

CMs Also Available for Planners (AICP)!  Digital Government track: 1.25 hrs each session (3.75 total).  Open Government & Emergency Communications Planning tracks:  1 hr each session (3 total). 

For more details on breakout sessions, speakers and CEU assignments click here.


8:30  -  Breakfast & Exhibitor/Peer Networking

9:30  -  Welcome & Keynote

10:30 - Break & Exhibitor/Peer Networking

10:45 - Session #1  (Choice of: 1. The Wave of Digital Government Has Reached the Shore, 2. Open Data vs. Public Information 101: How it Relates to Your Town, 3. Communication Planning for Emergencies, and 4. Exhibitor Solution Showcase)

12:00 - Lunch & Networking

1:00  -  Session #2  (Choice of: 1. Communicating in the 21st Century Government, 2. Laying the Groundwork to Open Your Municipal Data, 3. Emergency Communication Strategies, Part 1:  Setting the Stage, and 4. Exhibitor Solution Showcase)

2:00  -  Break & Exhibitor/Peer Networking

2:30  -  Session #3  (Choice of: 1. Engaging the Citizenry in a Digital World, 2. Advanced Case Studies in Open Data, 3. Emergency Communication Strategies, Part 2:  Getting the Word Out, and 4. Exhibitor Solution Showcase)

3:30  -  Stories From the Field:  Three New Jersey towns will showcase the innovative ways that they are engaging citizens within their community

4:00  -  Prize Drawing

*Go to and follow #govconnext for event updates, including speakers and session details.

This event is made possible, in part, by the support of sponsors and exhibitors.

Supporting Sponsor


Sustainable Jersey will welcome a number of exhibitors to the Government Connext Forum.  Be sure to stop by these booths to learn more about their innovative solutions that can be brought to your community and hear how they are assisting other towns throughout the state and across the country.  Forum attendees that visit participating Passport Exhibitor spaces will be placed in a prize drawing later that day. This year we will be joined by:  


  • GovPilot
  • NextDoor
  • Remynder
  • Telvue
  • NAGW - Northeast Region

Event Partners

Special thanks to our event partners:  NJ-Government Management Information Sciences, National Association of Government Web Professionals, Municipal Clerks' Association of New Jersey, Governmental Purchasing Association of New Jersey, NJ Association of Counties, Public Works Association of NJ, Tax Collector & Treasurers Association of New Jersey, Rutgers Center for Continuing Studies, NJ Floodplain Managers Association, Center for Nonprofits, New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, Code for Princeton



  • Government & nonprofit representatives and Green Team members:  $35.00
  • Other attendees:  $100.00

A separate registration is required for each attendee.  To pay with a Purchase Order, choose "pay by check." Multiple attendees can be added to a Purchase Order.  

If you need assistance with payment processing, please contact Jennifer Sontupe at or 609-771-2832.

For registration or general questions about the event, contact Lauren Skowronski at or 609-771-3129.


Mail checks or Purchase Orders to:

Sustainable Jersey
PO Box 6855
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Pay online via PayPal or credit card by clicking below.  NOTE:  PayPal does not accept American Express.

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*Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities are available.  Click here for the Sponsor & Exhibitor Package.  If you have any questions about sponsorships, contact Amelia Kamrad at or 609-771-2831.  

**Companies will not be permitted to promote products on the floor without purchasing an exhibit table.