continued economic growth and revitalization of Atlantic City and
its surrounding area are of critical importance to all of the citizens
of the State of New Jersey; and
development of Atlantic City from a gaming center into a worldwide
resort and convention center is fundamental to its continued economic
growth and revitalization; and
further development of Atlantic City will require that major decisions
be made concerning the construction of housing, public facilities
and other infrastructure, transportation, the environmental impact
of further development and the means of funding such further development,
which decisions must carefully assess the City's, region's and State's
exist many municipal, regional and State entities that have an impact
on Atlantic City and its environs and that can and must participate
in the decision making and implementation process; and
major decisions concerning the growth and revitalization of Atlantic
City and the region must be made in the context of a unified and
coordinated effort; and
establishment of a Coordinating Council with a broad-based representation
will ensure that the development occurs in a thoughtful and cohesive
I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue
of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes
of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
is hereby established the New Jersey-Atlantic City Coordinating
Council. The Council shall provide the leadership necessary to
develop Atlantic City into a resort, tourism and convention center
while simultaneously providing for residents' housing needs and
preserving existing neighborhoods. The Council shall ensure the
coordination and cooperation between and among the State, regional
and municipal agencies engaged in development activities in and
around Atlantic City.
2. The Council
shall be headed by the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce,
Energy and Economic Development and the Mayor of Atlantic City
who shall serve as its co-chairpersons. The membership of the
Council shall also include the chairpersons of the Casino Reinvestment
Development Authority, the Casino Control Commission, the Atlantic
County Improvement Authority, the Atlantic County Transportation
Authority, the Atlantic County Convention Hall Authority and the
Small, Women, and Minority Business Authority, the Commissioners
of Transportation and Environmental Protection, the County Executive
of Atlantic County and the Director of the Governor's Authorities
3. The co-chairpersons
of the Council may appoint business representatives and any other
appropriate local representatives to be members of the Council.
4. The Council
shall identify development priorities for Atlantic City and Atlantic
County. It shall review the City-Wide Study conducted by the Casino
Reinvestment Development Authority, the plans of Atlantic County
Improvement Authority for a convention hall and housing development
and the plans of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, the Corridor
Development Team and Atlantic County Transportation Authority.
The process shall also include discussions with the business community
to identify its concerns, priorities and suggested solutions to
investment and development issues.
emphasis shall be placed on the following development projects:
City International Airport; b. Transportation improvements;
c. Continued housing development in the Northeast Inlet; d.
Preservation of existing neighborhoods; e. Revitalization of
Atlantic Avenue and the Development of other commercial areas;
and f. Construction of a convention center at the foot of the
Atlantic City Expressway.
6. The co-chairpersons
of the Council shall communicate with private developers, investors
and banks to encourage appropriate investment and development
in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas.
7. The Commissioner
of the Department of Commerce, Energy and Economic Development
shall inquire of any State department to identify sources of financial
assistance applicable to Atlantic City development projects with
the purpose of committing those funds toward priority projects.
8. To the
extent not inconsistent with law, each department, office, division
or agency of this State is hereby directed to cooperate with the
Council, and upon request of the Council to furnish such information
and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this
Order shall take effect immediately and shall supersede any prior
Executive Order with which it is inconsistent.
under my hand and seal
this 23rd day of August in the Year
of Our Lord, one thousand nine
hundred and ninety, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the two hundred and fifteenth.
James J. Florio
/s/ John A.
Counsel to the Governor