Amazon, Miss America, Gilchrist – Monday’s Roundup

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Do you know anyone who is thinking about starting a business, or working for themselves? Tell them about our Business Bootcamps! The first episode is tomorrow at 6.30 at Atlantic City’s Carnegie Center and features guest speaker Allie Nunzi of Grace & Glory Yoga.

NJ Spotlight thinks New Jersey has a shot at luring Amazon, seeking a home for its second corporate headquarters, and “even Atlantic City” could draw interest. AC’s attraction would be partly because it’s a designated growth zone and companies making investments in the city are eligible for more tax breaks from the state’s Economic Development Authority. Camden, New Brunswick, Jersey City and Newark are also possibilities, the news site says.

Miss America
Miss North Dakota, 23-year-old Cara Mund, became 2018’s Miss America last night. The general verdict from local Twitter users last night seemed to be that Miss America this year did a better job of incorporating Atlantic City into its show, but that Hurricane Irma news will probably have drawn views.

Atlantic City’s 9/11 Memorial

We thought it would be a good time to revisit that John Oliver look at Miss America (which has more than 15 million views) and see whether Miss America increased its scholarship program after the British comedian found the group paid out under $500,000 in scholarships each year, rather than the $45 million it claimed. Spoiler? It hasn’t, even though it receives millions from CRDA to stay in Atlantic City through 2019. According to the most recent 2015 tax forms, the Miss America Organization and Miss America Foundation gave out $201,162 to 102 people and $304,500 to 52 people respectively. The company still says it gives “millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers” but it’s not clear how it counts that. Bottom line? You and anyone you know are extremely unlikely to benefit from Miss America’s scholarship program (although Egg Harbor Township’s Miss New Jersey was second runner up in the competition this year, so that was cool). Chief Operating Officer Josh Randle, on the other hand, earned $123,750 in 2015.

The favorite pancake spot of many, Gilchrist’s Restaurant, is opening a fourth spot at the site of the former Teplitzky’s Diner on Pacific Avenue (now the Tropicana’s Chelsea tower). Read a little more here via Route 40.

In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, Atlantic City is paying $3 million to a Linwood man who was allegedly beaten outside the Tropicana casino in 2013, South Jersey is full of childcare “deserts”, Phil Murphy says he’ll block Feds from using DACA data in New Jersey, the state is forming a group to look at ways to boost electric-vehicle infrastructure, Northfield police uncovered an alleged marijuana manufacturing facility, read about an Atlantic City native who now lives in Houston and helped out with the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, country singer Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash near Medford, and President Trump declared an opioid emergency a month ago but not much has happened yet.

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