Mississippi’s casino gaming industry has been lauded for its contribution to the state’s economy and residents in new research released by the American Gaming Association during its Get to Know Gaming event this week at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. It shows that the industry strengthens communities by providing good jobs, supporting small businesses, and partnering with local charities. 

Casinos & Communities: Mississippi, provides an closer look at the gaming industry’s economic and social contributions to communities in the Magnolia State. It pairs gaming’s economic impact data – more than 37,000 jobs supported and $1.6bn in wages generated annually across Mississippi – with firsthand perspectives from local nonprofit leaders, business owners, and elected officials.

Bill Miller, President and CEO of the AGA, noted: “Mississippi’s gaming industry has been a true leader nationally, demonstrating to the rest of the country how a policy framework focused on growth and opportunity can take an industry to new heights,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. 

“I’m amazed at how this industry, which began with dockside casinos, has expanded into an economic juggernaut for this state, turning around communities and supporting its neighbors at every turn.”

AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign engages local leaders in discussion about the critical role gaming plays as a community partner. The Mississippi round table panel included Miller alongside Richard Bennett, State Representative, Mississippi Legislature; Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission; and Duncan McKenzie, general manager, IP Casino Resort Spa.