Atlantic City’s latest strategy for revitalization gambles on education

Atlantic City, New Jersey officials are hoping a satellite campus being built by Stockton University will help reenergize the beachfront community and bring a new sense of optimism to the region.

The gaming capital of the East Coast is struggling to retain that title as casinos have spread across the northeast. Revenues have plummeted from $5.2 billion in 2006 to just over $2.5 billion last year.

Created in 1968, Stockton University is a New Jersey state public institution based in Galloway, some 15 miles away. They bill the school as “New Jersey’s Green University” and offer the following degrees: BA, BS, BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts), MA, MS, MBA, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and LEAD (Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership).

Stockton University is building a $180 million remote campus dubbed the Gateway Project. The satellite property will house roughly 1,000 students and come with classroom space to accommodate 1,800.

The campus will be located at the site of the old Atlantic City High School at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany, and Pacific avenues. Stockton’s facility will be just steps from the shuttered Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, which was the first of four casino casualties in 2014.

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