The American Gaming Association (AGA) said that gaming in Maryland delivers positive economic and social benefits to communities.
US.- The American Gaming Association (AGA) has launched a new report in which it says that the casino industry in Maryland supports small businesses. At a Get to Know Gaming event at MGM National Harbor on Monday, AGA said that the industry in Maryland also strengthens communities and provides good jobs that pave a path to the middle class.
The report, called Casinos & Communities: Maryland, details the economic and social contributions from the gaming industry to communities in the state. It also provides data on gaming’s economic impact: the industry supports 15,364 jobs and US$713 million in wages every year.
“Maryland’s six casinos are driving tremendous opportunity for communities across the state. As a native Marylander, it is remarkable to see how fast this industry has grown and, at the same time, supported the communities where they operate,” said Bill Miller, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association.
The Get to Know Gaming roundtable panel included U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04); Mary Drexler, program director at the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gaming; Melonie Johnson, president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor; Bill Miller, AGA’s president and chief executive officer; and small-business owners William Parker of the Parker K-9 Group and Carla Truitt of Be Clean Cleaning Services, Inc. Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III moderated the discussion.
Maryland casinos report successful performance in August
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming, in charge of regulating the casino industry in the state, has reported that facilities in the state registered their fourth-best month in August. The six privately owned casinos totalled US$154.3 million in revenue in August.
The US$154.3 million in revenue represents a 5.4% increase when compared to the same period last year. Four of the six casinos increased their gains year-over-year, although Horseshoe Casino Baltimore did not increase its gains. The facility reported US$18.3 million in August, a 13% fall from 2018.