Three Hoboken officials were received the “Distinguished Emerging Planner Award” by the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association earlier this month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Director of Transportation Director Ryan Sharp,Director of Environmental Services/Chief Sustainability Officer Jennifer Gonzalez, and Chief Resilience Officer Caleb Stratton were informed that they had won on October 14th, according to the APA’s website.
“All three planners have worked tirelessly to advance and implement sound planning principles and have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the field of planning by advancing smart growth and sustainable development strategies which have made Hoboken an example of sustainability and resilience on an international level,” according to a copy of their nominating application.
“All three have participated in either national or international conferences to speak about Hobokenâ€™s plans, projects, programs or policies.”
Sharp has worked on the Vision Zero effort to eliminate pedestrian fatalities, Gonzalez manages the city’s sanitation and recycling program, and Stratton has been an integral part of the the $230 million Rebuild by Design flood preparedness program.
â€œIâ€™m extremely proud to have such accomplished individuals serving in leadership positions in the City of Hoboken,” added Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
â€œJennifer, Ryan and Caleb are a big reason why we are moving forward on so many projects that have substantially improved the quality of life for Hoboken residents, and also recognized at the international level. Hoboken is a leader in resiliency and innovation thanks to their contributions to our City, and I extend my congratulations to them for this impressive recognition.â€