FORT WAYNE - The first step was taken last month by Mayor Tom Henry, who said a
casino is a possibility for the city. Now city officials say two research groups
will study the social impact of a casino on its residents.
One research group, the Third House Advocacy Group, LLC will be paid $32,000 to
analyze the market potential, while the second group, Community Research
Institute at I.P.F.W. will be paid $25,000 to examine the social impact a casino
would have on the community.
The results of both studies are expected to be completed by mid-February.
"We need to know if this is going to have a significant opportunity for the city
or if this will be a detriment," said Ozzie Mitson, of the Mayor's office. "We
feel we need to do our homework on the front end."
Indiana has eleven active gaming licenses, and a new one will be difficult to
pass by lawmakers.
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