The Atlantic County Economic Alliance recently elected 11 at-large members to its board of trustees in a move that completes the implementation of the public/private organization county officials have been calling for since 2015.
The new trustees are:
• Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman
• Kenneth J. Calemmo, of the Cooper Levenson law firm
• Frank Frankowski, of the South Jersey Transportation Authority
• Joseph Ingemi, of Pinarus Technologies
• Carlo Losco, of Balsley-Losco Realty
• Brett Matik, of Harrison Beverage
• Rick Ricciardi, of Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services
• John Runfolo, of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce
• Leo Schoffer, of Schoffer Enterprises
• Gregory Sykora, of Erco Ceilings and Blinds
• Michael Viscount, of law firm Fox Rothschild
“The ACEA is now firmly established with a board of trustees, bylaws, a small staff and a centrally located office in the Hamilton Mall,” ACEA Chairman Lauren Moore said in a statement, adding the agency has 33 public-private investors and partnerships with agencies such as Choose New Jersey, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Southern Shore Destination Marketing Organization and local chambers of commerce.
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The alliance, a nonprofit formed last year as a public/private partnership to retain and lure new businesses to the area, was the first goal established in the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Development and Action Plan Report authored by AngelouEconomics and played a significant role in Atlantic County’s recent credit upgrades from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services and Moody’s Investors Service.
The report also lays out steps the county must take to diversify its economy away from gaming, such as adding a maintenance facility at Atlantic City International Airport and getting the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park off the ground.
The county is in the process of accomplishing both goals. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the tech park last spring, and the county is partnering with Atlantic Cape Community College to create a curriculum for the maintenance institute.
Trustees elected to the ACEA board will serve staggered one- to three-year terms and join six appointed members: Rick Dovey, of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Lori Herndon, of AtlantiCare; Howard J. Kyle, chief of staff to county Executive Dennis Levinson; Vito Pantilione, of Parke Bank; Jon Powell, of Kravco/Hamilton Mall; and Mitch Zitomer, of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.
“Our momentum is building,” Moore said.