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Get to Know Gaming: National Harbor, MD

A Discussion on Maryland's Booming Casino Industry and the Importance of Responsibility in Gaming
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Get to Know Gaming: National Harbor, MD

National Harbor, MD
Industry Events, Get to Know Gaming
Industry Events, Get to Know Gaming.
September 16, 2019 | 9:00 am

Hosted at MGM National Harbor, the American Gaming Association (AGA) convened elected officials, local business owners, and gaming industry executives to discuss the importance of gaming’s positive impact in Maryland for the Get to Know Gaming series.

Representative Anthony Brown (MD-04) delivered opening remarks emphasizing the positive growth gaming has brought to the state, saying, “Put simply, gaming strengthened our public schools, our neighborhoods, and our local economy. Maryland made a big bet on gaming. Yes, the pun is intended. But as our casinos turned in their fourth-best month in gaming revenue numbers ever this past August, we’re seeing that bet pay off.” Brown also encouraged the industry and policymakers to continue to work together to “out-compete and out-innovate” other gaming destinations, but to do so in a responsible way.

AGA released Casinos & Communities: Maryland at the event, which offers a narrative look at the gaming industry’s economic and social contributions to Maryland communities. The research couples key data on gaming’s economic impact—15,364 jobs supported and $713 million in wages generated annually—with testimonials from local business owners, nonprofits, and elected officials about gaming’s positive impact in their communities.

The event, held during Responsible Gaming Education Week, also focused on the efforts of Maryland operators to promote responsible gaming. AGA President and CEO Bill Miller emphasized this, “Like their peers across the country, Maryland operators go above and beyond, contributing millions to statewide RG programs and working together to share best practices and evolve their own efforts as part of the Maryland Alliance on Responsible Gaming.”

$3 billion in economic impact
$962 million generated in taxes
15,364 jobs supported
$713 million in supported wages

Maryland gaming regularly engages and supports area small businesses, creates new partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, and provides good jobs that pave a path to the middle class for workers of all backgrounds and experiences. Owner of Be-Clean Cleaning Services, Carla Truitt, shared how gaming has impacted her small business. Through perseverance, ingenuity, and a conviction that “anything you touch can be cleaned,” she won the business of MGM National Harbor, which has allowed her business to grow from four employees to 32 in less than five years.

The event also included Mary Drexler, Program Director, MD Center of Excellence on Problem Gaming, Melonie Johnson, president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor, and William Parker, Owner, The Parker K-9 Group. Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III moderated the discussion.

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Speakers

Rushern Baker
Former Prince Georges County Executive

Rep. Anthony Brown
U.S. Representative (MD-04)

Mary Drexler
Director, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gaming

Melonie Johnson
President & COO, MGM National Harbor

Bill Miller
President & CEO, American Gaming Association

William Parker
Owner, Parker K-9 Group

Carla Truitt
Be-Clean Cleaning Services, Inc.

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