AC Mayor Marty Small Says Atlantic City Still Safe Bet for Growth


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ATLANTIC CITY — In terms familiar to the resort town, Atlantic City is a safe bet for its continuing renaissance, said Mayor Marty Small Sr. during the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Awards Gala on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Small was one of the award winners first announced in December. You can read FRNJ’s original story here. Small became the first individual from Atlantic City to receive an award from the AACCNJ during their annual gala.

“I am truly humbled by this honor,” Small told the sold-out crowd at the Venetian in Garfield. “If you’re counting on Atlantic City, I say count us in. We are a city on the move, and under my leadership, we will continue to take this city to even greater heights.

“We’re going to keep reinventing ourselves. Be patient with myself and the City of Atlantic City because God is not through with us yet.”

Small talked about the struggles Atlantic City has faced over the last 15 years and the renaissance the city is currently experiencing under his leadership, including the city’s transformation into a family resort.

Small also addressed his efforts to help African American and minority businesses in Atlantic City and create new African American and minority entrepreneurs through programs like his Small Business Academy.

“These awards honor African Americans who have embraced their heritage and relevance from a historical perspective and try to emulate that today, and that’s Mayor Small,” said AACCNJ Founder and CEO John Harmon.

“He makes sure his community has all the opportunities and resources seen in other communities, and makes sure Atlantic City is respected and is a significant component of New Jersey. He’s the hallmark of leadership.”

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