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Atlantic Cape’s Inlet CDC Receives Donation from Ocean Casino Resort for Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts in Atlantic City Inlet

04/05/2024 | Media Contact: David Zuba, Public Relations Manager and Copywriter | (609) 343-4933
Members of the Atlantic City Inlet CDC and Ocean Casino Resort during check presentation

ATLANTIC CITY — The Inlet Development Community Corporation (CDC) received a $950,000 donation from Ocean Casino Resort, via Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC) funds from the State of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, during a check presentation, complete with a stunning oceanfront backdrop, on the 11th floor of Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City with members of the leadership teams from Ocean and the Inlet CDC present.

Inlet section of Atlantic CityThe funds, which included a $50,000 donation from Tropicana Atlantic City for a total contribution of $1 million, will be used to support the Inlet CDCs Atlantic City Inlet NOW! Revitalization Project to improve commercial businesses and their facades, offer housing rehabilitation grants, clean and safe initiatives, community programs, outreach and education, and career training.

“Ocean Casino Resort is committed to supporting our Atlantic City community through local partnerships, charitable donations and philanthropic efforts,” said Bill Callahan, General Manager, Ocean Casino Resort. “This newest donation of nearly $1 million will help fund a project right in our backyard; rehabilitating homes in the inlet, improving Altman Park, and providing safer and more well-lit pedestrian/bike trails.”

The Inlet CDC was one of four nonprofit entities and their respective projects in Atlantic City, along with the Atlantic City Development Corporation’s (ACDEVCO) Chelsea Neighborhood Plan 2024 project, the Atlantic County Economic Alliance and Ducktown CDC’s Revitalize Ducktown project, and the AtlantiCare Foundation’s Midtown in Motion Revitalization Plan, to receive funding from the Department of Community Affairs in Trenton.

"I am really excited to work collaboratively with the CDCs, City Government and the DCA to move the needle in redeveloping Atlantic City," said Dr. Natalie Devonish, President, Inlet CDC, and Vice President, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Atlantic Cape.

The Inlet CDC is a 501(c)(3) that was established in mid-2023. The Inlet Revitalization Action Strategy includes many community-endorsed initiatives that have been identified as critical for improving outcomes for neighborhood residents and businesses. Public meetings, focus groups, and individual interviews were conducted with Inlet residents and business owners with the goal of developing a strategy that was truly resident driven.

The Inlet CDC’s plan is committed to:


  • Housing rehabilitation by improving 10 existing homes so they meet current code enforcement requirements and Energy Star standards.
  • A commercial rehabilitation and facade improvement program, overseen by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA), to provide funds for local businesses in need of a “facelift” to make the Inlet commercial corridor vibrant for its residents and visitors.
  • Homeownership Education and Assistance Program to provide educational and financial support for Inlet homeowners to maintain and sustain their homes.
  • An Inlet-resident-led committee, with support from the Inlet CDC and ACIA, to oversee the issuing of five grants to Inlet businesses and microenterprises (a business with five or fewer employees) to help them purchase equipment, get business plan/development training and retail space improvements.
  • Park and streetscape improvements, expanded arts and community programming events, Inlet marketing initiatives, clean and safe initiative and a full-time staff to help oversee the Inlet CDC itself.


Atlantic Cape supports the needs of Atlantic City’s residents and students. The college has been an intricate partner in the Atlantic City community and the Inlet Neighborhood, specifically.

Atlantic Cape has maintained a strong and involved presence in the city since its inception and reaffirmed its commitment to the community in 1984 with the establishment of the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. In 2014, a 20,000-square-foot campus expansion created the Caesar’s Entertainment for Hospitality and Gaming Wing. The Worthington Atlantic City Campus provides a wide range of services to support students’ educational goals.

The NRTC Program provides businesses with a 100% tax credit for funds that are provided to nonprofit entities tasked with carrying out comprehensive revitalization plans in their respective communities. These nonprofit entities must utilize at least 60% of the funds for housing and economic development projects while the remaining 40% of the funds may be used for support services and other neighborhood revitalization activities.

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About Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College is a Middle States accredited, 2022 Achieving the Dream Leader College and Hispanic Serving Institution proudly serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. As a comprehensive, two-year community college, Atlantic Cape offers 47 undergraduate degree programs, and 33 certificate and workforce development professional series programs at its Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May campuses. Atlantic Cape is home to the renowned Academy of Culinary Arts, rated the top culinary school in New Jersey, and for more than 50 years, our highly-acclaimed Nursing program. Atlantic Cape also partners with several four-year universities to offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree without having to leave home.


About Ocean Casino Resort

Spanning over 20 beachfront acres on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, Ocean Casino Resort, named “Best Casino” by Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2023” awards, features 1,860 guest rooms and suites; 135,000 square feet of gaming entertainment; over 1,750 slot machines; 125 gaming tables; 160,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; 90,000 square feet of unique outdoor space; 5 upscale dining restaurants; 10 casual dining options; a 40,000 square foot spa; 6 signature day and nightlife experiences; and a 4,500-seat concert venue. Ocean is home to the world’s largest Topgolf Swing Suite and offers both land-based sports wagering and online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites. Ocean Casino Resort is owned and operated by AC Beachfront, L.L.C. For more information about Ocean, please visit or follow Ocean on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTok.