Positive Changes Highlighted During Atlantic City's 'State of the City'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

During Wednesday's State of the City address at Boardwalk Hall, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver made the point to say that Atlantic City was once a place people from all over the country wanted to visit.

“Back in 1854, the founders of this town had a vision of Atlantic City being 'the playground' of the region," said Oliver.

Oliver then went on to say that she believes that with all of the recent investments in Atlantic City, the city will once more be a premier destination.

“We are on a trajectory to create the next century evolution of Atlantic City," said Oliver. 

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After the loss of four casinos, many businesses, as well as thousands of jobs, Atlantic City had been deemed doomed. 

“When I was actually thinking about what Atlantic City was, what it can be, and what it’s going to be," said Mayor Frank Gilliam, "the term ‘rebirth’ is adequate for me because I know that everything has the opportunity to reform itself into something much greater."

With the help of about a billion dollars of investments, two new casinos, and a university coming to town, many think Atlantic City has found the right path to reestablish itself. 

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Ocean Resort, Stockton University's new campus and South Jersey Gas are four very important additions to Atlantic City that will help fuel its revitalization. 

“Atlantic City is totally opening the door to a new era that allows people to now understand that we are so far ahead of what ourselves looked like four years ago," said Gillian.

Along with new businesses, the mayor also spoke about new apartment complexes, plans for a new boardwalk, legalizing recreational marijuana, and many other big changes on the horizon for Atlantic City.

“This is just the beginning and the tip of the iceburg," said Gilliam.

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