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Making the Case for a CR Casino

WATERLOO, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) --It was a full house at the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission meeting this morning, and all chips were on the table...
A last call for discussion before a final decision in April.

Steve Gray, Founder of The Cedar Rapids Development Group explains the arduous process, We have 3 meaningful steps, first was this presentation, secondly is the site visit and third obviously is the ultimate decision

Supporters of the casino are betting it would be a win for not only Cedar Rapids, but Iowa as well. Suzanne Leckert of TMG Consulting says the effects of the new facility will go beyond the casino walls, saying, there are not only impacts from the direct spending of the casino but induced spending that will roll all throughout the community.

Listeners at todays meeting were reminded the importance of incorporating the community's history into the new casino, as the facility is sprinkled with tributes remembering the city's past.

Like Sinclairs Steakhouse, Kingston Market and The Rock Bar, are all nods to the past. Even the casinos name, Cedar Crossing is a historical reference dating back to the 1800s. Hitting home that the facility will be as unique as the city itself.

Linda Seger, President of the Northwest Neighbors Neighborhood Association and a supporter of the casino believe the people of the city of Five Season should be proud, saying,
"We are a city that understands first-hand what its like to be down on your knees out on your luck and now we have a future that would be so bright for generations to come."

With a decision coming April 17th, for supporters, the ultimate jackpot is a gaming license.

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