New study shows potential impact of casino in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) – A new study just released shows the potential impact a casino could have on the Danville.

The Danville Regional Foundation study shows a large casino could bring millions of visitors and thousands of jobs. But the question remains of whether or not this is something people want.

The information in the study did help people like Brenda David make up her mind.

“It helped persuade me because prior to seeing those numbers I didn’t know much about it.”

David is talking about the numbers in a new study about the potential impacts of a casino in Danville. It says a large casino could bring 1 to 2.1 million visitors and about 3,050 jobs.

“It’s something for the community to have to look forward to, it’s more jobs and it’s something for entertainment in Danville,” said life-long resident Lisa Roby.

Roby says she knows people are going to gamble anyway so why not bring the business here.

“If you’re going to gamble, you can gamble in Danville, or other towns or other states. It’s nothing wrong with it in my eyesight,” Roby said.

“If you look at it, people buy scratch tickets, they play the lottery I just don’t think that it would bring more crimes to Danville.”

Crime is something some are worried about. The study gathered information for other communities similar in size to Danville with casinos. In those counties, only about 8 percent of crime was attributed to the casinos.

“I’m pretty sure they would have security. I don’t worry about crime, because people are going to do crime anywhere, but I don’t think that would affect it. I don’t think they are going to do crime there because I’m pretty sure they’re going to have security,” said Danville resident Debbie Palmer.

City officials are asking for proposals from casino operators interested in coming to Danville. In the meantime, they’re waiting on the outcomes of 2 bills, one in the House and another in the Senate, to legalize gambling in 5 cities across the commonwealth, Danville being one of them.

The Foundation contracted with a consulting company in Pittsburgh. You can view the full study here.

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