Mississippi’s casino gaming industry was praised at this week’s Get to Know Gaming event at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi for its contribution to the state economy and citizens in new research released by the American Gaming Association. This demonstrates that by providing good jobs, supporting small businesses, and working with local charities, the industry improves communities.
Casinos & Communities: Mississippi gives a closer look at the economic and social impacts of the gaming industry to communities in the state of Magnolia. It combines the economic impact information of gaming –sponsored by more than 37,000 employees and generated annually $1.6 billion in wages across Mississippi–with first-hand experiences from local non-profit leaders, business owners, and elected officials.
President and CEO of the AGA, Bill Miller noted: “Mississippi’s gaming industry has been a true leader nationally, demonstrating to the rest of the country how a policy framework focused on growth and opportunity can take an industry to new heights.
“I’m amazed at how this industry, which began with dockside casinos, has expanded into an economic juggernaut for this state, turning around communities and supporting its neighbours at every turn.”
AGA’s Get to Know Gaming initiative incorporates local leaders as a public partner in addressing the critical role played by gaming. Miller alongside Richard Bennett, State Representative, Mississippi Legislature, Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission, and Duncan McKenzie, General Manager, IP Casino Resort Spa, were included in the Mississippi round table board.