ATTORNEY AT LARGE: Transformation team
by Lloyd Levenson
October 17, 2011
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature have teamed up to create the Atlantic City Tourism District in order to help complete the transformation of Atlantic City into a “destination resort” with a greater variety of attractions.
Within its designated boundaries, the Atlantic City Tourism District has taken over responsibility for planning, zoning, and the creation of entranceways, infrastructure, and public and private partnerships in order to revitalize one of America’s oldest and most popular resort towns.
This spring, the boundaries of the Tourism District were defined and accepted. By mid-August, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (“CRDA”) had allocated approximately $10 million to commence acquiring properties as part of an Atlantic City Downtown Redevelopment Project.
John F. Palmieri
Known as a thoughtful and quiet leader with a genuine interest in listening, Palmieri comes to his post after a proven track record of accomplishments in a variety of other East Coast settings. In Providence, Palmieri created a nationally recognized arts and entertainment district into which millions of dollars of private financing were committed for affordable housing and other revitalization initiatives. With the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Palmieri assisted in the restructuring of the market during the nationwide housing downturn. He has successfully faced numerous other challenges in the various cities he has served.
Susan Ney Thompson
Also key to the City’s transformation are the recent actions of the Atlantic City government. The City’s efforts were illustrated by its success in the refurbishment of Bader Field, making it available for a major multi-day concert over the summer which drew more than 70,000 fans, and was highlighted by the Dave Matthews Band.
It finally seems as though a wide variety of factors are all coming together to complete the transformation of Atlantic City, long hailed as “America’s Playground,” into a true national “destination resort.”
Lloyd Levenson is CEO and chairman of the Casino Law Department of the Atlantic City/Las Vegas law firm Cooper Levenson (www.cooperlevenson.com). He can be reached at (609) 344-3161.
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