ATLANTIC CITY—Representatives from the public and private sectors will converge on the resort this week for the 2023 New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference.
The event, deemed the largest municipal gathering in the nation, will run from Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Thursday Nov. 16 at the Atlantic City Convention Center and will feature networking, educational sessions, and product highlights. Vendors looking to do business with various cities come from all over the tri-state area and beyond.
Mayor Marty Small, Sr. said the League conference is a great way to showcase what’s going on in Atlantic City. The mayor is hosting "The Welcome to Atlantic City" official kickoff extravaganza welcome party is being promoted in conjunction with Visit Atlantic City.
“I always thought that Atlantic City in general downplayed its’ presence at the League as far as the entertainment scene,” said Small. “All the talk was the North Jersey party, and you know my background with entertainment. When I came in it was too late. But I said next year Atlantic City is going to show you how to do it.”
This year the Party will be held on Tuesday at the AC Island Waterpark at the Showboat Resort from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Atlantic City’s own @djfahd & @iamyounghitta are doing the music. The welcome party is free.
“We’ve had our event at the Pool. Now we’re moving into the new venue, the Waterpark,” Small said. “We’ll show the people this shiny new toy that Atlantic City has.”
The League of Municipalities is generally filled with education sessions during the day, parties and networking events at night creating an atmosphere that makes officials and people looking to do business with municipal government want to return from year-to-year.
“We’re just looking for everyone to come out and have a good time,” Small said.
Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly said that attending the League conference is important because it's an opportunity to make valuable connections.
“There are very few statewide events in New jersey where municipalities of all sizes attend,” Kelly said. “I meet my counterparts from all over New Jersey. I want to hear what other cities are doing.”
It also provides an opportunity to share the good things that are happening in his municipality.
“Very few of the statewide lawmakers have been to Cumberland country and even fewer to Bridgeton,” Kelly said. “I try to attend as many workshops as possible and make sure we are not being overlooked as much as possible.”
The League conference provides education on a myriad of subjects from Climate change to preparing for 1st Amendment audits.
“The event opens the doors to local government officials, connecting them with state and federal officials and resources,” said League President Mayor Ray Heck of Millstone Borough. “As elected officials, we hold enormous responsibilities with assisting in areas like preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Protecting our communities through training, education and grant guidance are the right tools in shielding municipalities from harm.”
To see a session schedule view the link below.
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