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Plans to Impress Gaming Commission

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)  With a $150-Million casino on the line, developers and city leaders are getting ready to roll out the red carpet to impress members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.  As part of the process in considering whether a gambling license will be granted for Cedar Crossing Casino, the commissioners will be in town April 3rd.  Thats when Mayor Ron Corbett says he hopes Cedar Rapids will shine and supporters will be fired up. 

That effort starts with a pep rally at Dublin City Pub the night before.  Then on Thursday morning of next week, people are being asked to wear white shirts as a sign of unity and line First Avenue as the racing and gaming commissioners drive in to tour the proposed casino site.  Then its on to the Double Tree where all those white shirts can pack Exhibit Hall for the commission meeting. Mayor Corbett says with barely a week until the visit you can feel the excitement starting to build, People keep asking me what can I do, how can I help? Im hoping we get hundreds of people to come out next Thursday April 3rd around 9:00 or 9:30 and really show the commission that the community really supports this casino.

In addition to seeing all the supporters, gaming commissioners will be taken on a bus tour of the flood devastation that remains along parts of the river and shown proof of the hard work being done on the recovery in projects like the new Kingston Commons building and the amphitheater on 1st Street SW. Corbett says it will give the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission a chance to see the area could still use an economic boost, To show them that although weve made some progress in the community since our flood, we still have a lot of work to do and how important this casino can be for West side development and helping to fund flood protection .

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission tours Cedar Rapids next week onThursday and exactly two weeks later at its April 17th meeting in Council Bluffs its expected to vote on the gambling license.  Mayor Corbett says commissioners will consider some 18 different criteria in making their decision, but community support is always at the top of the list and he hopes the people of Cedar Rapids will turn out.
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