Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts public hearing on gambling amidst casino plans

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The Special Committee on Economic Growth is a committee created last year in Georgia to consider a gambling expansion for the state. The committee consists of fifteen members, all from the state House. For a few months now, the group has hosted public hearings to discuss a gambling expansion in areas such as sports betting, casino and horse racing. The latest hearing took place yesterday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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The goal of the public hearings is to provide as much information as possible to the public regarding possible gambling expansions in the state. If a referendum ends up on the ballot, voters will be allowed to choose is Georgia will welcome casinos, sports betting and/or horse racing.

The spot of the recent hearing is important as the Atlanta Motor Speedway has proposed a destination resort plan where they would offer casino gaming, a hotel and plenty of additional entertainment. The plans were announced a few months ago and the Speedway is working with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the operator of the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, to see the idea come to life.

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According to 41nbc.com…

Ed Clark, the President of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, stated the project would cost around $1 billion to create. With the entertainment complex, as many as 3,000 construction jobs would be created. Once the facility is operational, up to 5,000 jobs could be created.

Speedway’s Plans:

The details of the Georgia project are vast. The concept drawing shows the property offering a casino and hotel with dining options in one area while another section would be home to a 330,000 square foot theme park and entertainment center. The property would also include a wager park, golf driving range and condominiums.

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