Casino would have a positive impact

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 12 2013 | 12:24 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:22 am in

The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau supports a casino in Linn County.

A casino here means positive economic impact with new jobs, privately financed new construction and annual grant opportunities to community projects. A casino brings exciting entertainment and new dining options. As a result of visitors from outside our area coming to the casino, they also spend money in our local stores, hotels and attractions.

I have had good fortune to live and work in two other communities with casinos. I saw great benefits to these communities as a result of the gaming revenues. The casinos also added to the appeal of those cities when event planners were selecting sites for their meetings and conventions.

It is an exciting time in our community as many visitor-friendly projects are coming to fruition. However, new tourism and economic development projects must continue to help our city grow and prosper.

A casino is another important step in our community becoming an even more attractive location to live and visit. Please vote yes on March 5.

Marilee Fowler

President and CEO

Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

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