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Fort Wayne steps towards casino proposal

January 12, 2009

FORT WAYNE The first step was taken last month by Mayor Tom Henry, who said a casino is a possibility for the city. Now city officials say two research groups will study the social impact of a casino on its residents.

One research group, the Third House Advocacy Group, LLC will be paid $32,000 to analyze the market potential, while the second group, Community Research Institute at I.P.F.W. will be paid $25,000 to examine the social impact a casino would have on the community.

The results of both studies are expected to be completed by mid-February.

"We need to know if this is going to have a significant opportunity for the city or if this will be a detriment," said Ozzie Mitson, of the Mayor's office. "We feel we need to do our homework on the front end."

Indiana has eleven active gaming licenses, and a new one will be difficult to pass by lawmakers.

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