Pennoni Perspective Volume 22 • Issue 2 • Summer 2018 - Page 23

The Ellipse Award is bestowed annually to a member of the community who has improved the quality of life through pioneering or innovative approaches to infrastructure development or redevelopment. A society’s safety and successful growth are dependent on infrastructure development. The recipient of the 2018 Ellipse Award is Dana L. Redd, former Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate and former Mayor of Camden, NJ. Ms. Redd currently serves as CEO of Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. In accepting tonight’s award, I do so on behalf of an amazing team of “game changers and visionaries,” who not only supported my leadership, but also, aligned at all levels of government, as well as, the private sector, for the purpose of transforming Camden into a better place to live, work, learn and invest. As Mayor for two terms, Ms. Redd was the catalyst for the ongoing revitalization in the City of Camden. Under her guidance, the City experienced a developmental resurgence with billions of dollars in public and private investment, helped along by generous state tax breaks; a construction boom brought on by companies including Holtec International and Subaru moving from the suburbs, massive projects by developers Liberty Property Trust and Brandywine Realty Trust, and expansions by longtime institutions Cooper University Health Care and Rutgers University. During her tenure as mayor, a specific focus was placed on new development throughout all Camden neighborhoods and the continued redevelopment of the Camden Waterfront, which is now home to a mix of companies in various industries, multiple office towers, luxury apartments and more. Working together with this dynamic group of game changers, dedicated public servants, business leaders and influencers, WE stabilized the city finances and began to restore confidence in the market; WE stood up a new county led police department which is restoring public safety; WE created Renaissance Schools and offered school choice for parents enrolling their children in K through 12 education; WE launched sustainability efforts and collaborations to improve the city’s environment, greening vacant lots, improving parks and open spaces; WE attracted and leveraged over $2.5 billion in public and private investment where businesses are moving to the city and choosing to call Camden home, (thank you to Pennoni for opening an office in Camden); WE launched workforce development programs for Camden residents to ensure local hires on construction projects and in permanent jobs We have done a lot, but I also submit to you this evening, that WE are NOT DONE. In her time as Mayor, Ms. Redd’s priority was bringing out the best of Camden. Ms. Redd’s ongoing commitment to rebuilding the city’s infrastructure and creating a thriving urban core exemplifies the qualities of an Ellipse Award recipient. “Dana’s vision of Camden as a thriving beacon of business, community, and success, as well as her ability to selflessly lead change to make that vision a reality, are among the reasons she has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Ellipse Award,” said Pennoni Founder and Chairman, C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, PE. As the former mayor of Camden, all I ever wanted for the city, was to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families; secondly, I wanted Camden to no longer be the poster child of everything wrong in urban America; AND finally, I wanted to demonstrate what the power of collaborations could produce... and that was, REAL CHANGE. You see it really didn’t matter who took the credit, as long as the work got done and THE WORK got done right. My philosophy is to elevate the team, and there is always room on the stage for everyone to take a bow. While I encourage each and every one of us in the room this evening, to “never cease to believe in what Camden can become…a shining urban anchor in the State of New Jersey and within this region ---- I also want to say to the engineers in the room, that what you do each and every day is vitally important to society as a whole. YOU have made a positive “impact” in the world, and the environment where your creativity and ingenuity has IMPROVED…water and sewer systems, …roads and bridges…buildings and utilities. EVERYTHING that you do, whether in Camden or along the East Coast, has IMPACT. Continue making a difference in the world. P E N N O N I | 23