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 Boardâ€™s decision as to who gets the second casino is nil.
A spokesman from the Gaming Commission told the Philadelphia Public Record, â€œNo matter how relevant the findings, the record is closed and it is only on that record the Commission will base its decision.â€
Council Committee members will, nevertheless, try to impart to the five casino bidders the need to insure workforce inclusion.