Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced that Tom Ballance has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, pending regulatory approval. 

Ballance currently serves as Borgata’s Senior Vice President of Administration.  He will report to Bob Boughner, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer of Boyd Gaming Corporation, who has served as President of Borgata for several years.

Ballance joined Borgata as Vice President of Development in 1998.  Prior to joining Borgata, he spent 17 years at Harrah’s Atlantic City in a variety of operations and development positions.

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“Today’s announcement allows Boyd Gaming to fully leverage the skills of two talented executives,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming.  “Tom Ballance has helped position Borgata as the region’s premier gaming property, and his promotion reflects our ongoing commitment to Borgata and Atlantic City.

By assuming responsibility for Borgata’s day-to-day operations, Tom’s promotion enables Bob Boughner to take on a larger role in the management of Boyd Gaming, while still overseeing the operations of Borgata.  Bob is one of our industry’s most experienced and effective executives, and we look forward to having him play an expanded role at our Company as we prepare to complete the acquisition of Peninsula Gaming.”

“Tom Ballance is a seasoned executive, with more than three decades of operating and development experience in the Atlantic City market,” Boughner said.  “I have every confidence that Borgata will continue to maintain its position as the region’s leading entertainment destination under Tom’s skilled leadership.”

Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,475 slot machines; an 85-table poker room; 11 retail boutiques; 6 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 6 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The resort also features Atlantic City’s first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools. 

The Atlantic City Experience(r) Museum Feasibility Study - prepared forthe Atlantic City Free PublicLibrary - will be presented to the public 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in Atlantic City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 1301 Bacharach Blvd. The Atlantic City Experience(r) is the library's proposed world-class museum and research center dedicated to preserving the city's rich history and multicultural heritage.

The library's Board of Trustees selected Mills+Schnoering Architects, LLC (M+Sa), in 2011 to conduct this preliminary economic study, which provides: parameters related to the size and location of the museum, a needs assessment, financial analysis, a building program and engineering description, and information about implementation and sustainability. M+Sa led a research team that included financial feasibility studies expert The Eisen Group, Langan Engineering, cost consultant Becker & Frondorf and museum exhibition planner/design consultant Van Sickle and Rolleri Ltd. M+Sa is a full-service architectural firm based in Princeton with broad experience in planning, design and historic preservation. Its areas of expertise include cultural facilities, courthouses, campus planning and design, and the preservation, restoration and adaptive use of historical buildings and sites.

The firm is currently working with the National Park Service to design Life Safety Improvements for the Statue of Liberty. Locally, M+Sa's portfolio includes the redesign of the Alton Auditorium at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City, houses the Alfred M. Heston Collection - an extensive collection of published and unpublished materials related to Atlantic City history, including photographs, newspaper articles, city directories, yearbooks, maps and memorabilia. Many of these resources are available on the library's Atlantic City Experience(r) website The library also manages the Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

The Constitution Day series of programming at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, part of Stockton’s Political Engagement Project, continues with a pre-election forum entitled “What’s at Stake in the 2012 Election?”  Featured participants in the forum include members of Stockton’s Political Science faculty.

The event takes place in room C-134 on the Galloway campus here, 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012. It is free and open to the public. Panelists include Stockton faculty members Bill Daly, Alan Arcuri, David Carr, Mac Avery, Michael Rodriguez, Tina Zappile and Linda Wharton. Each member of the panel will make brief comments on areas of political expertise.  Topics will include the economy, foreign policy, the federal courts and Supreme Court, among others.

Constitution Day, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day, is an observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become United States Citizens. It is observed on September 17, or on the closest weekday to September 17 when that date falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Stockton celebrates Constitution Day with a semester-long series of events and activities.

The mission of the Political Engagement Project at Stockton is to promote the skills, understanding and motivation of students in their own political engagement, whether in the community, public policy or electoral politics.  This is a non-partisan project aimed at encouraging political discourse among students, peers, faculty, and administration as well as civic action in all forms with the goal of increasing students’ life-long political engagement.