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Atlantic County
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Economic Development

1333 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
609-343-2223
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Target Industries

Five key target industries were identified in the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan as having the most opportunities to attract and grow businesses and promote economic diversification. They are: Aerospace and Aviation, Life Sciences, Tourism, Specialty Manufacturing, and Entrepreneurial Business Services.

Aerospace and Aviation

Atlantic County embraces twenty-first century technologies to help keep pace with an ever-changing economy. Egg Harbor Township is home to the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center campus, adjacent to the Atlantic City International Airport.

Situated on 58 acres on the campus of the Technical Center is the Stockton Aviation Research & Technology Park. The facility is expected to generate research and advance aviation sciences with the development of 400,000 square feet of office space to attract commercial, government and academic organizations. Development at the site is subject to FAA approval.

Atlantic City International Airport

Competitive Assets as identified in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Federal assets and Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park
  2. Atlantic City International Airport
  3. Atlantic Ocean proximity
  4. Educational facilities
  5. State incentives for Atlantic City
Facts & StatsFacts and Stats
  • 1 out of every 10 NJ workers owes his/her job to tourism. 1
  • Healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to account for the majority new jobs (3,350) from 2008-2018, a total that is greater than all other industries with projected job gains combined. 2
  • New Jersey's tourism industry posted $44.1 billion in total expenditures in 2016. 3
  • Hard clam aquaculture industry in Atlantic County has 6 hatcheries and 40 growers, majority of industry in the state. 4
  • NJ was #8 in wine production by state in 2010.
  • Atlantic City International Airport serves more than 1.4 million passengers each year.
  • Atlantic County has become the second largest agricultural county in the Garden State producing crops and livestock worth $128.3 million annually according to the 2007 Agricultural Census.
  • Atlantic County had $6.9 billion in tourism related sales in 2016. 5
  • Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway and Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township earned high ratings in America’s 100 Best Modern Courses by Golf Week Magazine. 6
  • Atlantic City area golf courses claimed seven of the top 10 courses in New Jersey. 7
  • Atlantic City #3 for best cities in the world to host a marquee boxing event. 8
  • Borgata Casino claims loosest slots in Atlantic City and Pennsylvania gaming markets.
  • NJ tourism demand increased by 2.9% in 2016. 9
  • Atlantic County is home to 7,026 women-owned businesses with annual revenues of $1.2 billion. 10

Life Sciences

Life Sciences includes two strong components for Atlantic County: (1) understanding and improving the health of residents, and (2) sustaining the ecosystem within the region.

Healthcare is a major industry in Atlantic County. AtlantiCare is southeast New Jersey’s largest health care provider, delivering cutting-edge technologies and top-notch service. The AtlantiCare Medical Center was recognized with a 2009 Baldrige Award, one of just five organizations in the entire nation to be honored for innovation and performance excellence.

Shore Medical Center was one of three hospitals nationwide to receive a Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality by the Joint Commission for Lumbar and Cervical Spine Surgery. It is nearing the completion of a $125 million expansion that will include a new surgical pavilion, medical office building, entrance and lobby. It recently opened a $1.8 million Pediatric Care Center, the only one of its kind in New Jersey which features a separate pediatric emergency treatment area combined with long-term, in-patient treatment rooms.

World class orthopedic care can be found at the Rothman Institute. Access to the staff and services of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is available at the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Care Center.

blueberriesAtlantic County has become the second largest agricultural county in the Garden State producing crops and livestock worth $128.3 million annually. With the moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay, which surround the well-drained, sandy coastal plane soils of southern New Jersey, allows our farmers to grow such a diversity of crops such that something Jersey Fresh is being harvested at least 9 months of the year. Our agricultural roots are evident with more than 9,500 acres of preserved farmland that provide fresh fruits and vegetables and contribute to the Town of Hammonton’s acclaim as the “Blueberry capitol of the World.  As of December of 2010 a total of 4,970 acres of farmland have been preserved under the New Jersey's Farmland Preservation Program. Click here for a complete list of the preserved farmland and see the municipalities involved.*

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) currently uses several renewable energy sources. The ACUA’s wind farm produces the annual energy equivalent of 24,000 barrels of crude oil.The ongoing efforts have earned Atlantic County the designation as the “Greenest County in New Jersey.”  To learn more visit www.acua.com/green-initiatives.

Competitive Assets as identified in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Proximity to ocean/marine life
  2. Specialty agriculture
  3. Educational facilities and program development
  4. Strong medical facilities
  5. Affordable real estate

Tourism

With eight Atlantic City casinos, world-class restaurants and entertainment, beautiful boardwalks and beaches, scenic parks and recreation amenities, preserved wildlife areas, vibrant arts, history and culture, and growing agri-tourism and eco-tourism interest, Atlantic County’s tourism sector remains a leading industry and source of employment. Atlantic County attracts millions of annual visitors and accounted for nearly 18 percent of the nearly $40 billion in statewide tourism-related revenues in 2014.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Due largely to the presence of Atlantic City's casinos, leisure and hospitality accounts for the largest number of jobs in the county with a total of 46,156 jobs or 41.7% of the total employment in 2011, according to the NJ Department of Labor, based on 12 operating casino hotels within the Tourism District of Atlantic City. Total gross revenues from 2012 were reported at $3.052 billion. Click here for more information on casinos in Atlantic County.

Experience world class shopping at various retail centers throughout Atlantic County. Located in the center of Atlantic City is Tanger Outlets, The Walk, comprised of approximately 100 outlet stores and the newest addtion Bass Pro Shops. Hamilton Mall and Wrangleboro Consumer Square in Mays Landing are home to many big name retailers including Target, Macy's, and Kohl's as well as many smaller stores and eateries. For more information on shopping in Atlantic County click here.

Competitive Assets as identified in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Natural resources (ocean, rivers, beaches)
  2. Protected Pinelands and Wetlands
  3. Casino Gaming, Dining and Entertainment
  4. Proximity to Major Cities
  5. Farming and agriculture
  6. Wineries and Breweries
  7. Arts, History and Cultural Attractions
  8. Retail Shopping
  9. Available workforce

Specialty Manufacturing

Specialty manufacturing provides value added products for the existing agricultural industry as well as the life sciences and aerospace and aviation target industries.

Agriculture is a prominent industry in Atlantic County with a wide spectrum of focus ranging from vegetable hydroponics to shellfish aquaculture. Specialty manufacturing in this sector relates to farm-to-table production.

Medical manufacturing provides a synergistic component in the life sciences industry supply chain. Hospitals require medical apparatuses, test kits, and surgical supplies. Future growth in medical research may be increasing appealing to pharmaceutical manufactures.

Competitive Assets as identified in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Atlantic City International Airport capacity
  2. Affordable Real Estate
  3. Educational assets for workforce training
  4. Logistical advantage to key markets
  5. Federal Aviation Administration/UAS test facilities
  6. Stockton ARTP

Entrepreneurial Services

Current entrepreneurial companies provide one of the highest average annual wages in the region second only to aeronautics and aviation. More than 6,000 people in Atlantic County currently earn their livings based on the innovation of hardworking, successful small business concerns.

Competitive Assets as identified in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Quality of life
  2. Educational facilities for business training
  3. Proximity to major cities
  4. Emerging creative cities
  5. Existing nucleus of successful foreign-born entrepreneurs
  6. Opportunity for successful business development
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