FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 1996
Atlantic City Convention Center to Become the Most Advanced in the Nation
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) today announced a multi-million dollar agreement in principle with Bell Atlantic to provide telecommunications and computer networking services for floor exhibitors and administrators at the new $268 million Atlantic City Convention Center. This agreement will give exhibitors access to information technology services that are unmatched today by any other convention center in the country.
"This agreement between the Sports Authority and Bell Atlantic will mean that the new Convention Center will offer the best possible telecommunications services and the most cost-effective prices to our future customers," said Robert Mulcahy, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
"This public/private partnership will be tremendous for Atlantic City and economic development in New Jersey," said Joe Cascio, vice president - marketing, Bell Atlantic Large Business Services. "By providing exhibitors the most advanced methods to display their products and services, Atlantic City should be able to attract the biggest and best trade shows and conventions with the nation's premiere conference center."
When the convention center opens in May 1997, Bell Atlantic Large Business Services plans to provide digital Centrex telephone service, toll calls, voice mail, and integrated services digital network (ISDN) capabilities, while Bell Atlantic Network Integration (BANI) plans to offer consulting, outsourcing and technology services to the exhibitors. BANI also plans to design and build the facility's network. Together, the initial Bell Atlantic and BANI agreements are valued at approximately $4 million over five years.
"Exhibitors will be able to tap into BANI's technical expertise and take advantage of our intelligent network in imaginative new ways," said Rick Meares, vice president - operations, Bell Atlantic Network Integration. "We are excited about the opportunities that the agreement presents. This proposed partnership with the Sports and Exposition Authority will set a new standard for convention center technology across the nation."
"The new Atlantic City Convention Center is the Northeast's business address of the future," said Marshall Murdaugh, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. "Today's agreement means that convention planners and trade show managers can be assured that the communications needs of their exhibitors and attendees will be met better here than at any other facility in the country."
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority oversees the financing, construction and operation of the Atlantic City Convention Centers.
Bell Atlantic Network Integration offers services covering the full network life-cycle of the planning, implementation, management and operation of enterprise networks. This includes consultation, integration, outsourcing, and ongoing support of enterprise networks. In a recent study, Information Week recognized BANI as one of the top 10 network integrators in the industry, and in a 1995 company profile, Dataquest characterized BANI as an industry player to watch. In May of this year, Bell Atlantic Network Integration was one of five founding partners in The Pinnacle Alliance, an agreement valued at over $2 billion to manage parts of J.P. Morgan's global technology infrastructure.
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.
The company's Large Business Services organization offers customers Bell Atlantic All@once Solutions: integrated voice, data and video applications and the professional consulting and support services that add up to a precise solution that fits and evolves to meet customers' specific communications needs.
- New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
John Samerjan, (201) 842-5016
Bell Atlantic Network Integration: Kate Burns, (610) 407-2036
Bell Atlantic: Shannon Fioravanti, (703) 974-5455
Hill and Knowlton, Inc.: Michele Melillo (212) 885-0481