Join Greater Trenton at the Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration

Jeannine Frisby-LaRue, LaRuelist

On December 6, 2018, hundreds of business, political, and community leaders will gather for an elegant evening of cocktails, conversations and collaborations as we reflect on Trenton’s past, reimagine its future, and mingle with some of the most influential leaders impacting the Capital City.

The celebration will honor the legacy of the late Caren Franzini, former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton, by presenting the Caren Franzini Capital City Award to Anthony R. CosciaPartner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.

Mayor Reed Gusciora will provide welcoming remarks and Governor Phil Murphy has been invited to attend.

A private reception featuring New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will take place beginning at 4 p.m. for designated Impact Pass holders and sponsors. This reception provides an opportunity to think more about Trenton’s past and future through conversations with influential community, government, and business leaders. During this time, Kamal Bathla, CEO of Maestro Technology, a firm that recently relocated to the Capital City, will provide a technology-driven presentation focused on Trenton’s future, exciting things in the works, and the endless possibilities ahead.

Caren Franzini, who served as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) for over 18 years, died Wednesday at her home in Lambertville, NJ. She was 57. Ms. Franzini headed the NJEDA from January 1994 to October 2012, working with seven consecutive New Jersey governors.

After her tenure at the NJEDA, Ms. Franzini became president of Franzini Consulting, working with businesses and economic development agencies. Ms. Franzini has been widely recognized for her contributions to business growth and economic development in the state.

Ms. Franzini has left behind a legacy unmatched by many. Her love and dedication for economic and leadership development are evidenced in the many prestigious awards already named in her honor and memory: NJBIA’s Caren Franzini Leadership Award, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association Caren S. Franzini Public Partner Award,   Council of Development Finance Agencies’ Caren Franzini Fellowship, and NJ Tech Council’s Caren Franzini Hall of Fame Award.

Greater Trenton’s1st Annual Capital City Caren Franzini Award Celebration’s Main Event is 5-8 p.m. on December 6, 2018 at New Jersey State Museum | 205 West State Street | Trenton, NJ

Serving as Chairperson of the event is Brenda Ross-Dulan, Principal of the Ross Dulan Group, LLC.

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