The City of Trenton has a ton of potential, potential that has begun to unveil following effortless work from numerous organizations and companies working together to strengthen individual residents as well as the city as a whole.

One exciting project aimed at growing Trenton’s economic development is the planning of a new city landmark. Though a long-term project, the initiative has already begun to spark excitement amongst the residents of the Capital City.

The project is managed by the Kiwanis Club of Trenton who serves as a bridge between community groups networking to improve the community and maximize the impact of limited resources, because together everyone accomplishes more.

Michael McCormick, Kiwanian, says that the landmark, “will encourage economic activity by attracting thousands of people annually.”

The project aims to create an iconic attraction which will draw attention to the City of Trenton, its pivotal historic role and future potential. Unlike most architectural designs, this landmark will be designed by the residents of the city. Anyone will be able to submit their design and one, or a combination of several ideas will actually be built in one of a few potential locations.

“This initiative not only seeks to catalyze economic development and bring visitors into the city, it also seeks to create new educational and workforce opportunities for the students and families of Trenton Public Schools,” said Bryan Evans, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Greater Trenton, who serves as a member of the steering committee of representatives along Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa and diverse city groups.

For now, while the project is still in its infancy, the fortunate participants of the Trenton Police Department’s Summer Camp program are the first to begin expressing their ideas.

From indefinitely tall statues to holograms and virtual reality and even a golden chicken nugget, the campers at the TPD had many exciting ideas.

“This project is to get people involved.” states McCormick, adding that “businesses will develop and neighborhoods will improve.” The city has so much rich history and so much artistic talent, this is something it deserves.

The project’s next pool of participants will be Trenton Public Schools students.

Trentonians have grown up with a series of monumental sites like the Old Barracks, the New jersey State House, the Trenton Battle Monument, and of course, the Lower Trenton Bride– better known as the “Trenton Makes” bridge. But now it is our turn to create something as “representation to future generations,” as McCormick puts it.

Trenton is on the rise and I hope you’re as excited as the campers at the TPD because this is a great time to be a Trentonian.