Menendez Tours Construction Site of Future Stockton University Atlantic City Campus in Latest Stop on Jersey Jobs Tour

Menendez Tours Construction Site of Future Stockton University Atlantic City Campus in Latest Stop on Jersey Jobs Tour

Senator, University President discuss impact campus will have on regional economy, creating highly-skilled workforce

  

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez visited Stockton University Atlantic City Campus, currently under construction, to see first-hand and discuss the economic impact the future residential campus will have on the region, and the importance of increasing educational opportunities and creating a highly-skilled workforce to meet the demands of a new economy. 

 “All of New Jersey, and particularly South Jersey, benefits from a healthy, vibrant Atlantic City economy,” said Sen. Menendez.  The future of Atlantic City hinges on reducing its dependence on the casino industry and becoming a year-round destination for something other than gambling.  Stockton University gives folks another reason to come to Atlantic City, shop at local businesses, dine at local restaurants, and spur economic growth.  Not only will this terrific new campus help diversify and boost the region’s economy and create good-paying jobs, it will provide world-class higher education opportunities to thousands of young people, preparing them for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”   

 

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The Atlantic City Campus is part of a $220 million Atlantic City Gateway Project that includes an academic building that will serve nearly 2000 undergraduates, residences for 530 students, a parking garage and a new headquarters for South Jersey Gas.  The public-private partnership has multiple partners, including Stockton University, the Atlantic City Development Corp. (AC Devco), Joseph Jingoli and Son, South Jersey Industries, the Atlantic County Improvement Authority, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEA).

 "The new Atlantic City Campus is not only providing construction jobs now, but starting next year will provide the entire region with higher education and employment opportunities for a more diversified economy," said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman, who led Sen. Menendez on the tour.

 Kesselman provided the senator with an overview of Stockton’s broader vision of becoming an anchor for Atlantic City redevelopment through the establishment in the city of a world-class center for higher learning.  They then walked the Boardwalk to review the beachside construction site.  The Atlantic City Campus is expected to open and accept students beginning the Fall 2018 with additional plans to extend its footprint in the city.

 As part of his Jersey Jobs Tour, Sen. Menendez is visiting each of the state’s 21 counties, meeting with business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, students, and local leaders to discuss how to drive innovation, create greater economic opportunity, and deliver prosperity to the people of New Jersey.   

 The senator recently toured new innovative, high-tech workspaces in Kearny and Holmdel, met with local fishermen at the Jersey Shore, visited the world’s largest vertical farm in Newark, and spent time at a job training center in Elizabeth where he announced new legislation to create a direct jobs pipeline between community colleges and employers looking to hire. 

 Check out Jersey Jobs Tour Travelblog with behind the scenes footage and photos, social media feeds of events, and full recaps of visits. 

 

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