Facilitating Trenton's Revitalization Through Collaboration

NJBIZ – September 11, 2017

In 2013 a group of engaged Trenton area stakeholders came together with one common goal: to help promote the economic revitalization of our State's capital city. Serving as the energetic core of that organizing group was the late, highly-respected champion of New Jersey business and economic growth, Caren Franzini. Read more

A New York Developer Sees Opportunity in Trenton

U.S. 1 – August 30, 2017

One day in 2016, a New York developer, John Salis, was browsing Facebook when he saw an intriguing bit of news: the historic Giordano Diner in Lawrence, just outside of Trenton, was being given away. A property developer wanted it out of the way to make way for a new building, and was giving it to anyone who would take it for the low price of $0. Salis, a Staten Island native who still did his business in that area, had never paid the region much attention before, but found himself checking out Mercer County. Read more

Emulating success: How George Sowa and Greater Trenton are following a proven model

NJBIZ – May 22, 2017
Let's be honest: Politicians and developers alike would love nothing more than to get shovels in the ground in the next New Brunswick, Hoboken, Jersey City and now Camden and Atlantic City.

Chris Paladino, the president of the New Brunswick Development Corp. and now AC Devco, certainly knows it. And he’s eager to help in any way possible. Read more

Trenton's Pitchman

Real Estate NJ – January 2017
George Sowa's personal guided tour through Trenton lasts just under 45 minutes, complete with local landmarks, personal anecdotes and trivia about the capital city's deep history. Read more

George Sowa named to NJBIZ Real Estate Power 75 List

NJBIZ – November 21, 2016

The longtime real estate leader in the state was talking about a long-ago conversation he had with Michael McGuiness, the head of the New Jersey chapter of NAIOP. “It was five years ago,” the insider said. “I told him, ‘Just you watch, your membership is going to change. Real estate in New Jersey is changing. I bet five years from now you’ll have a turnover of 50 percent of your members.’” Read more

At NAIOP forum, mayors offer a how-to guide for development

Real Estate NJ – October 20, 2016
As Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac will tell you, a neighborhood can have a 30-year-old, polluted industrial site that has been abandoned for more than a decade — yet local residents still oppose the mere concept of redevelopment. Read more

Greater Trenton sets up shop at Old Masonic Temple

The Trentonian – September 8, 2016

TRENTON, NJ – With the nonprofit’s newly minted leader in place, Greater Trenton has found a location to call home in the capital city. The privately funded, independent nonprofit that consists of major players in the region announced Thursday that it would locate to the Old Masonic Temple at 102 Barrack St., which is currently the site of the city’s visitor center operated by the Trenton Downtown Association. Read more

Christie announces razing of state buildings to make way for Trenton development

NJBIZ – September 7, 2016

Gov. Chris Christie was in Trenton on Wednesday to announce plans to demolish three state office buildings in the city and relocate those offices to two new, more efficient structures. Read more

Christie Calls for Demolition of Three Government Buildings in Trenton

NJTV News – September 7, 2016

Greater Trenton is the name of an independent organization promoting redevelopment in the capital city. Its co-chairman acknowledged the role of its founding CEO, George Sowa. “He can help do for Trenton what has been done in Newark, Camden and New Brunswick. With his dynamic leadership, a committed board, corporate and community partners and the support of local and state governments, now it’s Trenton’s turn,” said Bernie Flynn. Read more

Brandywine EVP George Sowa Named CEO of Trenton Economic Development Group

GlobeSt.com – July 19, 2016
TRENTON, NJ — George D. Sowa, a former senior executive of Brandywine Realty Trust who most recently helped steer Brandywine's redevelopment efforts in the Gateway District of Camden, NJ, has been named chief executive officer of Greater Trenton, an independent nonprofit organization formed last fall to advance economic revitalization in the state's capital city. Read more

Trenton economic development group picks Brandywine's Sowa as founding CEO

NJBIZ – July 18, 2016
In an announcement held Monday morning at NJM Insurance Group in West Trenton, Greater Trenton unveiled Brandywine Realty Trust Executive Vice President George Sowa as its new founding CEO.

The selection of Sowa, who over the last 18 years at Brandywine was notably involved with major projects in New Brunswick and in Camden’s Gateway District, ends a national search for the organization’s first leader. Read more

Group hoping to revitalize Trenton names founding CEO

NJ.com – July 18, 2016
EWING — Greater Trenton, the public-private nonprofit that was launched last fall to spur economic development in the capital city, has named veteran real estate executive George Sowa as its founding CEO.

Sowa, a native Trentonian whose family has roots in the city dating back over 100 years, has already been on the job for two weeks.

The announcement was made Monday after a nationwide search and more than 100 candidates were vetted.

Sowa takes the helm after more than 18 years at Brandywine Realty Trust, which, under his leadership, was chosen as the developer for Camden's Gateway District, a 1.5-million-square- foot mixed-use project. In previous jobs, he was involved in two development projects in New Brunswick that totaled over $100 million. Read more

Campbell Soup developer in Camden named new CEO of Greater Trenton

The Trentonian – July 18, 2016
EWING — A national search was conducted to land a founding CEO for Greater Trenton, a nonprofit tasked with revitalizing the capital city.

But members of independent nonprofit — comprised of big players in the region — ultimately found a new leader in their backyard.

George Sowa, who previously served as executive vice present of a company selected to lead the Campbell Soup Company development in Camden, was named Monday as CEO of Greater Trenton. Sowa was born at Helene Fuld Hospital, his grandparents met working at the Cigar Factory and his mother is a graduate of Trenton Central High School, touted NJM CEO Bernie Flynn, who is a co-chair of Greater Trenton. Read more

Living for the city: Greater Trenton board is on a mission to bring more companies and capital to help rebuild N.J.'s capital city

NJBIZ – May 16, 2016
Any board that counts a former longtime CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as a member is packing a punch.

Caren Franzini, who held that spot for more than 20 years, helped found and now serves as co-chair of Greater Trenton, an independent nonprofit that will coordinate economic development and revitalization projects in downtown Trenton. The structure is similar to Choose New Jersey, in that the organization will apply private funding to public redevelopment projects. Read more

Making a bid to fix (the city of) Trenton: Group lays out plans for economic development

NJBIZ – January 11, 2016
Greater Trenton, a nonprofit economic development initiative that aims to remake the capital city's downtown area and bring new investments to its streets, has its eyes set on a big 2016 that its leaders hope will establish the independent group's vision for years to come.

If you ask New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. CEO Bernie Flynn, who co-chairs the initiative, eventually, the goal of Greater Trenton is to “help facilitate” and become a “one-stop shop” for those interested in doing business in the city. Read more

Collaborating for a Greater Trenton

NJ Business Magazine – December 18, 2015
Greater Trenton, a newly formed partnership between private industry, higher education, community groups and the administration of Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, is promoting economic development and revitalization projects. Read more

Trenton Mayor Jackson announces formation of new economic development nonprofit

The Trentonian – October 19, 2015
TRENTON — An “Avenger”-like super team of prominent capital city business members was brought together with one goal.

Instead of fighting evil, the new nonprofit calling itself Greater Trenton will take on the herculean task of promoting economic development and revitalization in the capital city.

“This is not a quick-fix undertaking,” admitted group leader Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of NJM Insurance. “Every founding member has made an initial commitment of five years. Our intent is to put forth a long-term, sustained effort to enhance and revitalize our historic city.” Read more

Private funds, public purpose: Nonprofit aims to revitalize Trenton

The Trentonian – October 19, 2015
Momentum to revitalize Trenton's downtown is picking up steam with the creation of a nonprofit three years in the making that brings together corporate, academic and philanthropic organizations.

Mayor Eric Jackson on Monday announced the formation of Greater Trenton, an independent nonprofit that will leverage private funds to promote economic development and revitalization projects.

"This marks a brand new day in our capital city as we look to develop and move forward," he said. "Announcements like this don't happen without a committed group of individuals." Read more