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Parkview FieldOct 10, 2016
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Parkview FieldOct 10, 2016 11:00 AM
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From the Meeting of September 26, 2016
Should Indiana take a chance on more gaming?
Matt Bell believes gaming has a proven, successful track record and should continue in Indiana.
Bell, president and CEO of the state’s Casino Gaming Commission, gave a recap of gaming’s history in Indiana, which began two decades ago through passage of the Riverboat Gaming Act by state legislators. Today, there are 13 licenses and 12 properties (Gary has two licenses and one property) in the state. Bell reported that since its inception gaming has generated nearly $5 billion in revenues, employed 13,000 people and accomplished what it set out to do: drive local economic development, employ Hoosiers and provide revenue for education.
Indiana gaming peaked nine years ago, Bell said, due to the recession and increased competition from casinos in neighboring states. In the past three years, Indiana wagering and admission taxes decreased by 8.5 percent and there have been 2.8 million fewer casino patrons.
However, more than $6 million in annual revenues are generated by gaming and a new tribal casino is set to open in South Bend. And Bell said communities have been positively impacted by gaming revenues, such as Lawrenceburg, Ind., which provided $1,800 scholarships to graduating high school students.
So, “policymakers need to decide what they want to see from gaming in the future,” Bell said. There are challenges they need to tackle. How does gaming reach out to Millennials and change as society changes? Casinos where smoking bans are enforced have seen significant reductions in revenues, for example. And what to do about sports betting, which currently is governed by federal law but state lawmakers want that control? Finally, how can casinos incorporate technological advancements and handle Internet gaming?
Bell said there is no evidence that organized crime has infiltrated Indiana and there is “exhaustive investigation” into each license application, which goes through a reapplication process every three years. He added that Indiana ranks 45th of the 50 states in problem gaming.
Area casinos market heavily in the Fort Wayne area but putting a casino “property in Fort Wayne would cause significant ripples in Anderson, Michigan City and other locations (throughout the state) as well,” Bell said. “I’m not sure the industry is ready for new or transplanted property in Fort Wayne.
“My belief is that Hoosiers will gamble,” Bell said, but legislators need to develop modern policies or see gaming decline by not addressing current issues. “I believe we can continue, based on integrity, on community government, on economic development. Our glory days may be behind us, but our industry can continue.”
Bell garnered local media attention while speaking to the club. Read more at http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/frank-gray/Competition-heats-up-for-state-s-casinos-15468633
October Happy Hour
October 19 is the date for Happy Hour! We will be at the University of Saint Francis Keith Busse School of Business (the old Chamber building) at 826 Ewing St. from 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost is $10 per person and includes appetizers in the Historic Woman’s Club lounge and a short presentation from Sister Elise Kriss on USF’s presence in the downtown community.
Polio Race a Winner
Now that all race invoices are in and paid, the net proceeds total $5,470! With the 2-for-1 match from the Gates Foundation, this $5,470 becomes $16,410 to benefit the efforts of Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide!
Many thanks are owed to the race sponsors as well as race-day volunteers to make the event the success it was. Thanks are also owed to club members who participated as our team members in the run/walk. Both the men’s and women’s teams once again bested the race teams from Anthony Wayne. Our people are awesome! The committee expects to build on this year’s success to make the 2017 race even better.
Polio Race Committee members are: Dee Hoffman, Evan Hyndman, Jeremy Redding, Roger Reece, Greg Solon, Stephanie Veit and Bill Harris.
In the News
- Our own Win Moses was key to helping Fort Wayne survive Harvester’s move to Ohio. Read about his legacy at http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/sunday-centerpiece/Harvested-lessons-15359210
- The new Summit City South Rotary Club got a plug at http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/New-Rotary-club-preparing-to-serve-south-Fort-Wayne Special club thanks to Jason Daenens, Rick Zolman, Barb Wachtman, Lisa Waterman and Candace Schuler for helping the new club get going. The south club meets Fridays, noon, at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits. The official charter signing took place on Sept. 29.
Kudos for Jane
Club Secretary Jane Wilks received this charming note from Mayor Tom Henry.
New Member Info
Yeah, the club added a new member:
Tiziano Briozzo, Valbruna Slater Stainless’ general manager since 2011.
She's lookin' for somethin’ to do