LEAD Atlantic City Tomorrow, a new leadership development program offered by the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority and Richard Stockton College, is looking for people interested in the future of Atlantic City.

LEAD ACT is looking for a diverse group of 25 city residents to participate in the 10-month program beginning in October.

“We really want a cross-section of people from throughout the city,” said Alexander C. Marino, director of Stockton’s Carnegie Center site in Atlantic City and a coordinator of the program.

Marino said the group will meet monthly, hear from guest speakers and visit sites around the city.

Among the topics to be covered are team building, the history of Atlantic City, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation, government, public service and neighborhoods, poverty, homelessness, health care and social services, race and diversity, public safety, economic development and tourism, education, and arts and culture.

The vision is to increase awareness and understanding of the issues that confront the community, while enhancing the skills and knowledge of individuals to meet the community’s current and future challenges.

The CRDA is providing funding for the program, which is modeled after a similar program offered a decade ago.

"This is an important program for the Atlantic City community of today and into the future," CRDA Deputy Executive Director Susan Ney Thompson said in a statement. "The strategic partnership forged between CRDA and Stockton College to administer the program insures the delivery of the best possible experience for LEAD Atlantic City Tomorrow participants. "

Applications are due by 4 p.m. Sept. 14th at the CRDA offices, 15. S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Atlantic City. There is a $200 fee to participate, but scholarships are available from the CRDA for eligible participants.

Applications for LEAD Atlantic City Tomorrow are available at the Atlantic City Free Public Library and online at www.njcrda.com, www.stockton.edu/carnegie, and linked to this story at www.pressofatlanticcity.com.

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