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Gaming in Northwest Iowa

November 22, 2010

A new gaming resort is well underway in Lyon County. Gaming is not new in northwest Iowa. There is the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City, and there is the gaming resort in Emmetsburg, just across the eastern border of our region. How will the new resort change things in the NICRS region? What difference has and will gaming make in northwest Iowa? What do you think, and what evidence do you have?

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  1. Tim S. permalink
    November 22, 2010 7:40 pm

    We get the politicians we deserve and they give us the changes we deserve, good or bad. Casinos offer too much easy money for any local community to pass up, so the consequences of green lighting construction are rarely given due consideration. It will fall to churches and other local non-profits to support the community as the societal impacts from yet another casino make themselves felt for years to come.
    Pittsburgh just went through this. A local group commissioned a study that concluded that for every $1 brought in by the casino, $3 would be spent/lost by the larger community (not the state and local government, mind you!) coping with the upheaval a change like this brings. I wish I could find the link to the study.

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