Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson will make a presentation Wednesday to a luncheon meeting of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

Levinson’s position puts him at the center of many issues important to county businesses and residents.

Last week, he proposed a smaller county budget for this year, which would nonetheless increase the tax rate and amount paid in taxes.

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Levinson said last year was especially challenging because of the two major storms, the derecho at the end of June and Hurricane Sandy in October. He cited the county’s declining ratable base, the stagnant regional economy and continuing high unemployment as the main challenges this year.

Levinson said the county government’s past frugality — holding operational costs down and avoiding big debt increases — made it possible to have a reasonable budget now.

Recently, Atlantic County also agreed to pay money owed to contractors for work on the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park in Egg Harbor Township. Other counties are in talks to do so as well. The U.S. Economic Development Administration would reimburse much of the money, with the rest coming from bonded funds remaining from a completed road project, Levinson’s office said.

Mobile marketing

Bob Kanoff, president of Mobile QR Solutions, will discuss mobile marketing at the Public Relations Council of Atlantic City’s luncheon meeting Tuesday. Topics include market penetration of mobile Internet devices, mobile shopping and mobile websites versus apps.


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