EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Atlantic County Economic Alliance is quickly trying to gain the trust of the local business community to become a one-stop resource for businesses looking to move into or expand in the county.
At a luncheon with investors Wednesday in Egg Harbor Township, ACEA Executive Director Lauren Moore said some of the organization’s top accomplishments so far were the groundbreaking of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park in the spring and their retention efforts to keep businesses from leaving the county.
Now, they are looking to expand their reach.
The ACEA was formed in response to the Atlantic County Economic Development and Action Plan Report authored by Angelou Economics that laid out a comprehensive review of the county’s economy and said it needs to move away from just tourism and gaming to sustain it.
The alliance is a public/private partnership, one of the few organizations of its kind in the state. In his four months on the job as executive director, Moore said he has been all over the county talking to businesses as well as working to establish an aviation industry around the Atlantic City International Airport.
Aviation was one of the top target industries laid out in the Angelou report. Earlier this month, the county announced plans to form an aviation maintenance institute at the airport that will train students to fix planes for major airline companies.
The airport has one of the largest runways in the country, and county officials have long said the airport is underused.
The alliance has also said it wants to help towns that have part-time mayors. Trying to run a town while also working on economic development can be a tough task, it says.
“One of the things we want to focus on is continuing to push out the awareness of our organization,” Moore said. “We want everyone to know that we’re a one-stop shop for all their business needs.”