Elaine Zamansky, 609-449-7166, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Atlantic City, NJ, May 21, 2015) – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the City of Atlantic City today celebrated the completion of a long-awaited milling and paving project on Pacific Avenue, using it as an analogy for the ensuing start of the summer tourism season.
Noting that Pacific Avenue has the smoothest surface it’s had is dozens of years, CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said, “This is symbolic of a smooth start for what should be a very exciting season with new attractions and a stellar entertainment lineup.” CRDA funded the $6.3 million paving project and acted as the general contractor, on behalf of the City.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting with Mayor Don Guardian skateboarding through the ribbon to demonstrate the flat, bump-free surface, accompanied by a City taxicab and a jitney – two enterprises that were especially affected by the formerly rough surface of the road and detours during the paving project.
Mayor Guardian and Palmieri cited new developments including Tropicana’s new Boardwalk-front sound and light show, Bass Pro Shops, Festival Park at Borgata, renovation of The Pier Shops into The Playground, completion of renovations at the Claridge, beach concerts, free nightly entertainment on the Boardwalk, top headliners at Boardwalk Hall and casino showrooms, major special events including the Atlantic City Airshow, and new air service at ACY through Air Canada and Choice Aire as reasons Atlantic City is the Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore. Many of these new non-gaming attractions are supported through CRDA funding.
Video of the Pacific Avenue celebration will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf7bYSCX3fT_lJiDtmyT9lA.
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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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