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Daily NonPareil: Advocates argue gambling gives Bluffs a good hand

June 25, 2015

By Tim Rohwer

Gaming has provided Council Bluffs a good hand in economic growth and jobs, city officials and industry supporters said Monday.

It’s important that those coming through Iowa over the next few months seeking the presidency know that, they added.

“At the federal level, it’s critical they understand,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “To help people understand. That is what is incumbent on all of us to do.”

The purpose of Monday’s “rah-rah” meeting about gaming, held at Ameristar Casino, was to make presidential candidates fully understand gaming and, therefore, provide voters with better-informed views on where they stand on this issue.

After all, it was mentioned at the meeting that “if you don’t tell your story, someone else will.” And that story may not be accurate, according to those in attendance.

“It’s all about getting the truth out there,” said Ron Tekippe, president of HGM Associates Inc.

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