The upcoming October 19 groundbreaking for the Next Generation Aviation Research Park in Egg Harbor Township will mark a new era in Atlantic County?s economic development and help to establish the region as an international leader in aviation related research, according to Freeholder Chairman Jim Curcio. “This is probably the most important economic development effort to take place in Atlantic County since the advent of casino gambling. It will help establish a whole new industry. I am glad that Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and the Board of Freeholders were able to play a leading role in bringing this project to fruition,” Curcio said.
The Next Generation Aviation Research Park is a 400,000 square foot facility located in Egg Harbor Township on a 55 acre parcel of land provided by the FAA for this purpose. It will create an estimated 2,000 high tech jobs, generate substantial private sector investment, and enable aviation research related firms to have direct access to the state of the art federal laboratories at the nearby FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. The county was a major direct financial contributor to development of the park. The county played a leading role in facilitating the project since its inception four years ago and obtained crucial grant funding to assist with infrastructure work. The park will also create 200 construction jobs.
Curcio also cited other major county supported projects that are currently underway that will create an estimated additional 1,795 badly needed construction jobs. These include expedited expansions and renovations to Atlantic Cape Community College, the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, the new NJM Insurance Center in Hammonton, and the Historic Court House in downtown Mays Landing.
“When one considers the severe economic recession and how it has affected the entire nation, we are fortunate that our foresight and stringent financial practices put Atlantic County in a position where it could move ahead on important economic development projects when they were most needed,” said Freeholder Frank Giordano.
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