Atlantic City Comes Together
The summer months are known for carefree fun, especially at the Jersey Shore. So, what happens when Mother Nature and a bad economy join forces along the Atlantic Coast?
That’s the question that the community of Atlantic City is faced with coming upon this year’s summer shore season. Revel’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy , damage from Hurricane Sandy, and the sale of Donald Trump’s Trump Plaza are only small parts of what appeared to be a deteriorating community. But the city is taking over, tackling these problems from within to provide a new face to the community. Leaders of the Community Outreach Department (COP) at Revel Resorts have taken on a powerful role in rebuilding Atlantic City and its iconic boardwalk.
Revel’s COP’s first step toward their outreach project was the creation of Community Think Tank. It took a collaboration of minds from varying business partnerships and non-profits in the South Jersey area to form a crew of hopeful workers expected to impact the Atlantic City and other surrounding New Jersey Shore areas. Those forerunning the Community Think Tank’s success set their sites on reaching out to neighboring Atlantic City stakeholders.
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Revel’s Community Outreach Department has made it clear that they want to create positive relationships with other business holders in efforts to combine resources and generate events for the greater good of Atlantic City. The events and programs expected to be implemented are meant to target important components decided on by leaders within the Community Think Tank.
Cydnee Phoenix, Vice President of Revel’s Community Outreach Department, knows that the Atlantic City small businesses and neighborhood influences would have the most knowledge on their city and on what needs improvement. She understood that reaching out to those individuals with intentions of improvement and shared resources would strengthen their fight to save Atlantic City’s recreational representation.
“The Community Think Tank brought a broad cross section of organizations, representing the First & Second Wards, together that were eager to roll up their sleeves in order to help make Atlantic City a better place to live and work,” says Phoenix. “So I ask, if not now, when?” Thankfully, the program is expected to stay in implementation past the summer months, ensuring consistent improvement over an extended period of time.
The meeting of minds from around 33 grassroots groups, small and large businesses, nonprofit organizations gave leaders at Revel’s Community Outreach Department a baseline reading of the targets and goals that the events sponsored by the Community Think Tank are expected to work towards. The goal? To bring more visitors to the Jersey Shore during the summer, through events that will help rebuild the city while establishing a permanent vacation spot for travelers. An emphasis on education, community, health and human services, and arts and culture are expected to parallel the events the Community Think Tank hope to sponsor.
Cydnee Phoenix shrugged off the worry of competition other casinos may pose in efforts to build a positive reputation for themselves. Selfishness clearly isn’t the goal at Community Think Tank.
“Our program was not designed to separate this community from others, our focus is on building up our community and if the program becomes contagious, well I think that would be awesome!”
Author: Evelyn Townsend
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