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Gaming Control Board releases diversity study

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday released its first diversity report of the state’s gaming industry.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday released its first diversity report of the state’s gaming industry.

The study, required by state law, recognizes the efforts made by casino operators to use minority- and women-owned businesses for the construction and operation of the gaming facilities. The report gave a positive review of the commitment of slots-license holders to promoting diversity.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course used minority-business enterprises and women-business enterprises for about 5 percent of its roughly $128 million construction needs, according to the study. This amounted to more than $6 million in 2007.

Other state casinos used diverse businesses for between 0.39 percent and 7.7 percent of its construction work.

The Dauphin County facility also used the businesses for about 0.57 percent of its roughly $5 million vendor needs. This amounted to nearly $300,000, according to the study. The complex is owned by Wyomissing, Berks County-based Penn National Gaming Inc.

Other casinos used diverse groups for between 0.32 percent and 14 percent of its vendors.

The report includes statistics on casino-employee profiles, expenditures with minority businesses, charitable contributions and community outreach.

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