Competitors for Philly casino license promise minority inclusion

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Even though they have no influence over which company will get to open Philadelphia’s second casino, City Council held a hearing to find out how the five bidders would encourage minority participation if they win that license.

Ron Davis works for Parx Casino in Bensalem and is part of the team for Stadium Casino in South Philly. If his company wins a license to build a gaming hall, it will have a strong minority participation as it does at Parx, Davis said.

“African Americans, 12 percent; Hispanics, 6 percent; Asians, 17 percent, for a total of 35 percent with women 38 percent,” he said. “We are very proud of that because in our host community the total census is 10 percent.”

Bruce Crawley is with PHL Local Gaming, the company that wants to build Casino Revolution, also in South Philadelphia.

“PHL Local gaming’s diversity plan is that its proposed casino reflects — in its local governance structure, management, employee ranks and suppliers — the composition of its surrounding community,” he said Wednesday,

The three other applicants are vowing similar minority participation goals in construction and permanent workers.

 

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