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The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Rutgers University–Camden, addresses public policy issues impacting Southern New Jersey, through applied research, community engagement, and organizational development.

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SJ-Poverty-Paper_081514coverPoverty Dynamics In South Jersey:  Trends and Determinants,     1970–2012

Christopher Wheeler, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University–Camden tracks significant changes in levels of poverty across the region and looks at the economic and population shifts that influenced these changes.

 

 

 

Changes across the region: people, economy and wellbeingChanges Across the Region cover

Dr. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn’s paper focuses on the demography, economic state, and overall health of the eight-county South Jersey region. Using public data from the Census Bureau, Department of Labor, and numerous other sources, Dr. Okulicz-Kozaryn paints a vivid picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each county in South Jersey through a series of complex charts and tables. He concludes his paper by stating that South Jersey’s strength lies in its agrarian roots which led South Jersey’s counties to be far less densely populated than their northern counterparts and more appealing to new homeowners and industries based on the availability of land.

 

 

 Smart Growth PublicationSmart Growth Forecast for the Counties of Southern New Jersey

In 2005, the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs completed a Smart Growth Forecast for the counties of Southern New Jersey to assess the effects of urban sprawl in the region. The study assessed current land use practices in an effort to establish the need for better land use management in Southern New Jersey. This assessment involves the collection of data and creation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps to illustrate possible development scenarios in the region.

 

 

Towards Metropolitan ComplexTowards a Metropolitan Complex: The Camden HUB Smarth Growth Report

Written at a critical time for Camden County, “Toward a Metropolitan Complex: the Camden HUB Smart Growth Report” describes the looming peril of a decreasing tax base and increasing health and social service demands in Camden County.  Dr. Richard Harris, Director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, considers the current and impending state of affairs in this report, and offers a sound solution for regional development that employs and conserves environmental, institutional, social and infrastructure resources. Read more on the forecasted state of Camden County and viable solutions for redevelopment.

 

South Jersey's View on Sprawl PublicationSouth Jersey’s Views on Sprawl, Development and Regional Identity

The report, “South Jersey’s Views on Sprawl, Development, and Regional Identity,” is based on surveys conducted in 2001, surrounding the issues of suburban sprawl, development and regional identity.  Survey responses from South Jerseyans help to understand the myths related to South Jersey’s identity, and the cycle of valuing open space while urban flight and suburban development increase demands for those lands to be developed. Valuable for its description of South Jerseyans’ values and preferences, click here to read more on the proposed smart growth initiatives for the region.

 

 

Farmland PreservationFarmland Preservation and Agritourism in South Jersey

Prepared by Rand faculty fellow Robert Wood, this report examines agritourism in the context of New Jersey agriculture and the state’s farmland preservation program. Agritourism—a broad array of activities linking farmers and consumers more directly—is often seen as an important way to answer the question: Once farmland has been preserved, how do we preserve the farmer?  New Jersey has the second largest farmland preservation program in the nation in terms of proportional acreage, but many traditional types of farming in the state are in decline.  The report argues for a synergistic approach to the relationship between agritourism and farmland preservation, making proposals to enhance the potential of each to contribute to the other and thereby contribute to a continuing place for a productive agriculture in the Garden State.