The Atlantic County Economic Alliance board of trustees recently elected officers who will serve three-year terms.

Brett Matik of Linwood, president of Harrison Beverage, was elected chairwoman. Michael Viscount of Fox Rothschild was elected vice chairman.

Rick Dovey, president of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, and Joe Ingemi, principal consultant of Pinarus Technologies, will serve as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

Leo Schoffer, president of Schoffer Enterprises, who has served as interim chairman since the organization was created in 2016, was unanimously named chairman emeritus.

“Leo has been instrumental in establishing this organization. We are extremely grateful for his outstanding leadership and commitment to our efforts to strengthen and diversify Atlantic County’s economy,” ACEA executive director Lauren Moore said. “We look forward to his continued input and guidance.”

The Economic Alliance is proceeding with the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Strategy and Action Plan with a focus on six target industries, Moore said.

“Aviation is our primary focus at this time,” he said. “We are working to leverage our assets that include the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, the Atlantic City International Airport, and the developing Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, as well as to establish an air cargo facility and aviation maintenance academy.”

The agency has been working with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber and local legislators in pushing for the passage of Senate bill S-2872, which would establish a new Garden State Growth Zone within a 1-mile radius surrounding the Atlantic City Airport and the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, along with the Grow New Jersey tax incentives. The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

“This is an exciting time for Atlantic County,” Matik said. "I am very proud to help bring positive changes to our economic future.”

The Atlantic County Economic Alliance is a nonprofit public-private organization that seeks to attract, retain and grow business throughout the region.

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