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Advisory Panel: Pittsburgh Casino Should be Unique

23 August 2005

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Pittsburgh's slots parlor should be 'bold, contemporary, innovative' -- and perhaps environmentally friendly, Anne Swager, co-chair of the Pittsburgh Citizen's Gaming Advisory Panel, said Monday.

"Wherever it is located, the casino must be unique so that it is a strong draw for tourists, Swager said. That might mean giving it a post-industrial feel or including an amenity such as a riverwalk.

"…The panel, appointed by Mayor Tom Murphy in March, plans to consider at least five sites where developers have proposed putting a casino. The panel intends to issue a report listing the pros and cons of each site, co-chairs said yesterday.

"Pennsylvania's gaming law allows 14 casinos statewide, seven of them at racetracks, two at resorts and five freestanding facilities, including one in Pittsburgh. Each license will cost $50 million.

"Ronald Porter, the other co-chair, noted that the city's casino likely will compete with one at The Meadows harness racetrack in Washington County as well as other slots parlors across the state…"

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