Atlantic City Facts
Atlantic City Industries and Goods Produced
During the late 1880s and throughout the 1990s, the mainstay of the city's economy was the convention and tourism industry.
The town was literally rebuilt with the love and determination of its residents to restore Atlantic City to the splendor of its glorious past. Today Atlantic City, New Jersey boasts of 13 gambling casino/hotels, which attract millions of visitors each year. Nearly 5,000 conventions and trade shows are held here annually, the draw of superb hotel accommodations, the beach and the boardwalk too powerful to ignore (and not enjoy).
Local government has been seeking ways to diversify its economy by developing other tourist-related areas. Atlantic City is not just for the casino fan anymore; it is also for the gourmand, retail shopper, nightclub aficionado, museum lover, theater goer, and major sports enthusiast. Non casino-related industries include retail trade, real estate development, distilling and deep sea fishing. These include: saltwater taffy, clothing, bottles and glassware, plastics, boats, paints, hosiery, baby carriages, reed furniture, chinaware, creamery and poultry products, fish and seafood.
Atlantic City Government
The businesses and economic growth of Atlantic City is aided by several public and private agencies. These agencies act as watchdogs for casino re-investment funds, more than $100 million in city funds and substantial luxury tax revenues. By offering a wide range of financial and technical services to small and mid-size businesses, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) fosters business development and growth throughout the state. The EDA issues bonds to aid business ventures and provides for low interest loans made by lenders and private investors. This agency also administers a business incentive program that provides grants to businesses that are either expanding or relocating, creating new jobs throughout the state.
Some of the other agencies assisting economic growth in Atlantic City include
- Atlantic City Department of Planning and Development, City Hall, Suite 604, 1301 Bacharach Blvd, (609) 347-5404
- The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, 1014 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 347-0500
- The New Jersey Small Business Development Corporation (NJSBDC)
- The Atlantic City Improvement Authority, 5909 Main Street, 2nd floor, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, (609) 645-5838
- The Atlantic City Housing Authority & Urban Development Agency, 227 Vermont North, (609) 344-1107
- The Atlantic City-New Jersey Coordinating Council, 30 Ridge Avenue, Neptune, NJ, (609) 348-4166
Atlantic City Job Training Programs
Businesses that create a minimum of 25 new full-time jobs in the state are rewarded with relocation grants from New Jersey's business Relocation Assistance Grant Program. Companies that are known to create new jobs can receive through the auspices of the New Jersey Business Employment Incentive Program Loan Program up to an 80 percent rebate for ten years for the additional state income tax generated by creating new jobs.
Atlantic City Development Projects
In recent years, Atlantic City has experienced a $5.6 billion dollar renaissance in the truest sense of the word. At its core is the $268 million Atlantic City Convention Center whose construction alone has transformed Atlantic City into a major tourist and convention venue. The Boardwalk Hall, completed in 1929 symbolizes Atlantic City's Golden Age and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The refurbished Boardwalk Hall is one of the top-grossing mid-size arenas in the country. The convention center artfully blends the ghosts of a dazzling past with the most modern amenities and accommodations.
Things to do in Atlantic City
- Gardner's Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave, (609) 348-2880
- Cape May County Park Zoo, Garden State Pkwy, Exit 11, Rte 9, Cape May Courthouse, (609) 465-5271
- Gillian's Island Water Theme Park, Boardwalk at Plymouth Place, Ocean City, (609) 399-0483
- Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, 1441 Boardwalk, (609) 347-2001
- Hard Rock Café, 1000 Boardwalk, (609) 441-0007
- Planet Hollywood, 2100 Pacific Avenue, (609) 347-7827
- Sandcastle Stadium and Atlantic Surf Baseball team, 545 North Albany Avenue, (609) 344-8873
- Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, (609) 449-5150
- Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina, 600 Huron Avenue, (609) 441 3604
- Atlantic City Art Center on Garden Pier, New Jersey Avenue & The Boardwalk, (609) 347-5838
- Absecon Lighthouse, 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, (609) 449-1360
- New Jersey Korean War Memorial, Brighton Park, (609) 530-7049
- Fishing excursions
Atlantic City Dining Areas
- Marina District
Famous Atlantic City Natives and Residents
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Restaurant Chain
Atlantic City In Popular Culture
The 1981 movie, Atlantic City, which starred Burt Lancaster, was a fictional account of the mob's influence in the city. Bruce Springsteen also honored the city with his song, Atlantic City, which appeared on his 1982 album, Nebraska. In recent times, several episodes of Donald Trump's television show, The Apprentice, have been based and filmed in Atlantic City.