Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Subsidies Tripled To Get Miss America Back To AC

The Miss America pageant will get triple the amount of subsidies it previously received to return to Atlantic City this September.


Mallory Hytes Hagan,
Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013 (David Becker/Getty Images)

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Atlantic City’s convention bureau have agreed to provide a total of $7.3 million in financial aid over three years, with $2.5 million earmarked for this year’s pageant.

The Press of Atlantic City reported Tuesday the pageant got $720,000 in aid in 2005, the last year it was in Atlantic City.

Even with the big boost in subsidies, economic development officials told the newspaper it’s a small amount to pay for an event expected to generate tens of millions of dollars in visitor spending.

Nearly $5 million in funding, approved Monday, will come from the casino industry-financed CRDA. The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, a business-funded organization that is merging with the CRDA, will provide $2.3 million.

The CRDA’s executive director, John Palmieri, characterized the authority’s contribution as a “small investment” given the economic impact of the event and “the psychological benefit that is achieved in having a pageant return to the city where it belongs.”

High labor costs and sliding TV ratings were among the factors cited in the pageant’s move to Las Vegas.

The entire pageant will span 13 days from the end of Labor Day weekend through the broadcast finale Sept. 15.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)


Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.