The latest body of research to emerge from the American Gaming Association (AGA) shows that the Maryland casino gaming industry is helping to achieve growth and deliver support for small businesses, strengthening communities and providing good jobs that pave a path to the middle class.
The report, Casinos & Communities: Maryland, was released this week at the latest installment of the AGA’s Get to Know Gaming initiative at MGM National Harbor. It offers a narrative look at the gaming industry’s economic and social contributions to communities in the Free State.
The research couples key data on gaming’s economic impact – 15,364 jobs supported and $713m in wages generated annually – with testimonials from local business owners, nonprofits and elected officials about gaming’s positive impact in their communities.
“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 association.
AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign engages local leaders in a discussion about the critical role gaming plays as a community partner. The event also kicked-off Responsible Gaming Education Week, with perspectives on responsible gaming programming and resources available to Maryland gaming operators, casino employees and patrons throughout the state.
“I’m pleased to be in Maryland today to kick off the 22nd annual Responsible Gaming Education Week and highlight the state’s efforts in this essential area,” Miller added. “This week serves as an opportunity to highlight gaming’s unwavering commitment to responsible gaming and, importantly, promote transparency and gaming literacy to customers.”