Council Hearings Won’t Impact On Casino Decision

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WHOEVER wins the right to open the next Phila. casino will need a sound plan for minority inclusion.

WHOEVER wins the right to open the next Phila. casino will need a sound plan for minority inclusion.

The City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development, chaired by W. Wilson Goode, Jr., and co-chaired by 4th Dist. Councilman and Majority Leader Curtis Jones, Jr., convened a hearing to examine minority-participation goals in the second Philadelphia casino this morning.

It may be used as a guideline for the operators of the soon-to-be-chosen casino. But its effect on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s decision as to who gets the second casino is nil.

A spokesman from the Gaming Commission told the Philadelphia Public Record, “No matter how relevant the findings, the record is closed and it is only on that record the Commission will base its decision.”

Council Committee members will, nevertheless, try to impart to the five casino bidders the need to insure workforce inclusion.

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