Casino would be the flood recovery capstone

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 19 2014 | 12:30 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:51 am in

In the years following a devastating flood, Cedar Rapids has worked hard to pull ourselves up and revitalize our city. We have made much progress in a short time and the exciting momentum

continues.

There is one more component that would be the capstone to these efforts: Cedar Crossing Casino.

With a new convention center in the downtown, we have seen renewed interest in our area meeting and convention facilities. However, one item many regional and national convention groups are looking for is the night life and 24/7 entertainment a casino can provide.

As we continue to sell Cedar Rapids as a vibrant, renewed city, we need this piece of the puzzle to stand up against other cities our size.

We look forward to the visitors, continued investment and economic impact it can bring to our area. Our community supports a casino in Linn County and easily passed the referendum. We now ask the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to please award a license to the Cedar Crossing Casino.

Marilee Fowler

President/CEO,

Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

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