Atlantic City’s large Tourism District shopping area had no representation at a recent job fair held for residents.
There are 93 stores at Tanger Outlets Walk, but not one showed up or even sent applications, said City Councilman Marty Small, who hosted the fair last Saturday in the Second Ward.
The perception is that the businesses there care only about tourists, not residents, Small charged.
“This validates that perception,” he said.
All but two of the casinos — Revel and Golden Nugget — were represented, Small noted. With Borgata participating in both the adult fair in the afternoon and one for youths in the morning. ITSUGAR, in the Pier at Caesars, was unable to make it at the last minute, but still sent applications. A.C. Linen also was there.
But it wasn’t just The Walk that failed to participate, Small said. City restaurants and Boardwalk businesses in general also weren’t well-represented, he said, noting his first employment was at a T-shirt store on the Boardwalk. But the 93 stores having no representation was “a smack in the face to the residents who shop at the Walk,” he said.
“I passed out the information to the stores, and if they had a need the opportunity was available,” Walk General Manager Donna Danielson said.
She said some stores did attend a recent career fair at Atlantic Cape Community College in Atlantic City.
Small said he had been told the same thing about the college fair, which made him question why — if there were job openings then — there wouldn’t be any interest in the more local fair.
“They could have put a better effort toward getting people to come out,” he said. “Businesses are quick to complain about the violence in the community, but don’t want to do anything to help with the youth.”
Staff writer Anjalee Khemlani contributed to this report.
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