Ahead of G2E, AGA Shines Spotlight on Gaming By Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, American Gaming Association September 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm In just one week, the American Gaming Association (AGA) unites the industry at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will reflect the ever-changing landscape of the casino industry. This year, an enriched, innovative floor includes the new Integrated Resort Experience, networking areas and educational programming that hits trending topics like sports betting, illegal gambling and skill-based slot machines. If you have not yet registered to join us, you can do so here. With G2E forthcoming in Las Vegas, AGA continues to highlight the true impact gaming has on communities across the country – in alignment with our strategic goal to promote the industry’s positive image. Gaming Votes Event Reveals $3B Impact of Gaming in Ohio As part of AGA’s ongoing Gaming Votes initiative, AGA hosted a roundtable discussion last week at Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3), Congressman Steve Stivers (R, OH-15), gaming employees and community leaders. The event offered a snapshot of gaming’s positive impact on Ohio communities, ranging from a variety of job opportunities to contributions to education, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA. We also released a new report by Oxford Economics showing that Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos make up a $3 billion industry that supports nearly 18,000 jobs and generates nearly $1 billion in tax revenues. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer and other outlets wrote about the roundtable, the report and the gaming industry’s efforts to educate presidential candidates about gaming in this key battleground state. The Gaming Votes initiative, the first-ever gaming industry engagement with presidential candidates, has featured on-the-ground events with members of Congress in Nevada, Iowa, and, next month, Colorado. AGA Presents Gaming Facts to Georgia Legislature Vice President of Government Relations Whit Askew testified before the Georgia Study Committee on the Preservation of the HOPE Scholarship Program. The HOPE scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery Corporation, which is owned by the state. Askew provided information to the committee regarding the potential effects of legalized casino gaming in Georgia. AGA does not advocate for or against the expansion of gaming on a state-by-state level; however, AGA ensures that policymakers have the facts about gaming so that each state can decide what is best for them. Askew’s testimony not only provided facts to Georgia legislators, but also combatted negative stereotypes about the industry. By coalescing the industry, together, we will shape the perception of policymakers and others so they see an accurate image of our industry. Thank you for your support and engagement.