AGA: Pennsylvania a Model for Gaming’s Benefits

The Pennsylvania casino gaming industry supports more than 33,000 jobs statewide and has a total economic impact of $6.3 billion, the American Gaming Association announced at an event under the organization’s “Get to Know Gaming” campaign hosted in Washington, Pennsylvania last month.

The AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign engages local leaders in a discussion about the critical role gaming plays as a community partner across the country. A roundtable panel at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino included U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (l.), Penn National Gaming President and CEO Timothy Wilmott, North Strabane Township Fire Department Chief Mark Grimm, local small business owner Melissa Mega of The Ivy Green, and AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Kotula moderated the discussion.

The event also marked the release of AGA’s latest report, “Casinos & Communities—Pennsylvania,” an in-depth look at the gaming industry’s economic and social contributions to communities across the state. The research couples key data on gaming’s economic impact—33,171 jobs supported and $1.8 billion in wages generated—with input from stakeholders including local business owners, industry employees and elected officials about gaming’s positive impact in their communities.

“We are very fortunate here in Pennsylvania to have outstanding, community-minded industry partners,” said Reschenthaler. “Across our state, gaming companies are investing in the growth of our communities and supporting good jobs. It’s a critical partnership as we strengthen our economy and continue to expand job opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”

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