Legal gaming makes a positive difference in the locales where it exists. Ohio’s casinos and racinos contributed $3 billion to the state’s economy during 2014, according to a study sponsored by the American Gaming Association.
Ohio’s gaming industry supported nearly 18,000 jobs and generated $917 million in taxes. The AGA has encouraged national and regional gaming leaders to use the current election cycle to underscore gaming’s contribution to the communities where it exists.
The Ohio results were released at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus. AGA President Geoff Freman explained, “Gaming is no longer a novel industry but an economic driver that is creating paths to the middle class in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and beyond.”
Speaking in Columbus, Freeman said, “We encourage presidential candidates to get to know the gaming industry.”
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. He can be reached at [email protected].