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Atlantic City, Casino Gaming

Atlantic City’s Needed Infrastructure

   NBC 40 featured a piece “Atlantic City Prepares For Influx Of New Employees.”  They report:

Tom carver, [sic] executive director of the casino reinvestment development authority, says the casinos face a tremendous challenge handling the crush of up to 40,000 additional workers without adding to traffic congestion on local roads.

   In my debut column for the February 2008 Casino Connection I remarked,

The anticipated Water Club at Borgata and the Harrah’s expansion will bring increased traffic to the Marina District. Why not anticipate traffic problems rather than sloppily respond to them?

Check out the rest of what I identify as the Top Ten Political Priorities for Atlantic City.

   Mr. Carver is right in pointing out that Atlantic City’s infrastructure  is not ready to handle the thousands of new employees slated to begin working in A.C.  There is also the issue of needed infrastructure to accommodate the hundreds of thousands, ultimately millions of new visitors, who will visit the new casino and hotel development.

  These factors place more impetus on the need for Atlantic City to cut out the political patronage that is rampant in the City budget.  Money will be needed to provide updated infrastructure improvements.  A smart fiscal policy can both perform infrastructure improvements and lower the budget.  A smart fiscal policy is what is needed, yet a smart fiscal policy is hard to find in Atlantic City.

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Atlantic City’s Needed Infrastructure

  1. Hello Jesse…
    Finally got a chance to check out your blog. Real nice, and a great addition for those who wish to solve problems not just talk about them. I do want to bring your attention to the fact that transportation is something we’ve talked about in South Jersey Insider magazine on a variety of occasions dating back to 1998. Our January 2005 issue covered the matter and also took a peeked into the future to highlight some answers to what WILL be a major issue sooner or later. The issue can be found here.
    http://www.acinside.com/2005-01/default.asp

    Good luck with your venture and be sure to check out actv24.com for the Governor’s Forum in Atlantic County as well as the many terrific points and questions brought up during the forum. What’s particularly interesting about the clips we have posted is that viewers will really get a chance to see the Governor’s expressions and mannerisms during his pitch as we were able to negotiate an “up close and personal” camera position.
    I’ll be sure to check back as the site develops.
    Thanks,
    Dan Klein

    Posted by Dan Klein | February 20, 2008, 8:54 pm
  2. Maintaining an infrastructure is the only return that taxpayers see for their money. Why is it that they fail to do that in Atlantic City and NJ as a whole? AC spends money on everything under the sun except infrastructure (ex: West End Av.).

    Posted by Cecilia | February 21, 2008, 2:36 pm
  3. Here’s the link on the CRDA’s Atlantic City Regional Transportation Plan.

    http://www.nbc40.net/open_site.php?url=http://atlanticcity-rtp.com/index.htm

    Posted by Chris | February 21, 2008, 10:15 pm

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