Cedar Rapids Casino By: Marty Francksen
Problem • Local investor group wants to build a casino in Linn County. • Other Iowa casino owners don’t want a casino in Linn County.
Pros • Will create more than 600 jobs. • Will give a boost to Cedar Rapids’ riverfront across from downtown. • Keep gambling dollars spent by Linn County residents in Linn County. • Provide business for the city-owned hotel and convention complex.
Cons • It’s not a real economic development and comes with more costs in crime and social problems than benefits. • Will not deliver all the jobs promised and will hurt existing restaurants and bars. • Has been rushed at voters with too little public debate.
Solution • Make the casino smaller so it won’t make a huge difference on other casino’s revenue.
Works Cited • "Map of Downtown Cedar Rapids." Google Maps. Google, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013. • "Voters Will Decide Linn County Casino’s Fate Tuesday." The Gazette. Gazette Communications, 4 Mar. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2013.