Aviation tech park cuts ribbon in Atlantic County

The National Aviation Research and Technology Park in Atlantic County recently celebrated its first ribbon-cutting — representing a historic milestone for the project.

The tech park has seen the most activity in the past few years, after several years of staying at a standstill, including announcing official leases with several companies.

They include:

  • General Dynamics Information Technology;
  • Thunderbolt Software;
  • Federal Aviation Administration’s LIFT Lab;
  • NARTP office;
  • Atlantic County Institute of Technology’s aviation program.

Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and former U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a staunch supporter of the project while he served on the Aviation Committee in Congress, attended the ribbon-cutting last week.

“These are the types of projects we need to be investing in all over our state. The National Aviation Research and Technology Park will help to make New Jersey an innovative leader in aviation technology,” Sweeney said. “This premiere facility for aviation technology will provide important benefits for the entire region, and create much-needed economic growth for both Atlantic City and South Jersey. The jobs created here will involve modern technology that will fuel the regional economy. We need to take full advantage of the opportunities it will provide, and I look forward to seeing how Stockton University can build on this in the future.”

NARTP has also identified its existing research and educational partners, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Institute of Aerospace, Stockton University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

NJIT is the lead institution, having taken over from Stockton to help grow the facility’s impact on the industry by providing access to federal grant dollars.