LEAD ATLANTIC CITY TOMORROW PROGRAM TO WELCOME CLASS OF 2014
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (December 10, 2013) – LEAD ATLANTIC CITY TOMORROW (LEAD ACT) will ring in the New Year with 18 fellows selected to participate in its 2014 class. The formal announcement of fellows will take place at a reception on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30pm to 7pm at Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City.
LEAD ACT is a ten month public policy leadership development program designed for experienced and emerging leaders committed to building a stronger community within Atlantic City through civic engagement, empowerment and problem solving. The program is executed through a partnership between the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
“The inaugural class of LEAD ACT fellows turned out to be an exception group of individuals from every walk of life, with one common denominator; a desire to make Atlantic City the best it can be,” said John Palmieri, executive director , CRDA. “This program is an incubator for the infrastructure of civic involvement and leadership needed for Atlantic City now and well into the future.”
The Class of 2014 will begin the LEAD ACT program in January. Through seminars, guest speakers, case studies and topical readings, fellows will understand the issues that affect the general well-being of Atlantic City. Areas of focus will include:
Economic Development & the Environment
Race & Diversity
Health Care &Human Services
Arts & Culture
Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Managing Change & Building Trust
Government, Public Services & Neighborhoods
Poverty & Homelessness
“Southern New Jersey is home to a significant number of talented young professionals for whom the leadership training will prove invaluable for them and to the community,” stated Dr. Herman Saatkamp, President, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “Stockton is proud to partner with the CRDA on the LEAD ACT program once again.”
Previously limited to Atlantic City residents, this year’s application process allowed for a number of non-residents seats to be filled. Criteria for selection to participate in the program is personal commitment, investment and involvement in Atlantic City and its future. The class size is limited and there is a $200 fee to participate, with grant funding available on a case by case basis through a scholarship element funded by CRDA.
Class of 2014 LEAD ACT Fellows:
Sabrena McDaniel Brandon
John Dixon III
Laura Lopez Einwechter
John Constantine Exadaktilos
Lisa C. Givens
Gloria Ines Hamlett
Sara Ruth Passaro
Andrea Lynn Petinga
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 statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide. Under the 2011Tourism District legislation, CRDA responsibilities have expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to market and attract visitors to Atlantic City.
Contact: Kim Butler, CRDA