Gazette: Cedar Rapids casino market studies: Grim to glimmer of hope

Two independent market studies released Thursday paint different pictures of what a casino in Cedar Rapids would mean for the state. Reports by both Marquette Advisors of Minneapolis and White Sand Gaming of Atlantic City, N.J., predict Riverside Casino & Golf Resort would lose at least 20.5 percent of its $85 million-plus annual revenue if[…]

Gazette: What Cedar Rapids can learn from Sioux City’s urban casino

SIOUX CITY — As the license for the Argosy riverboat casino was expiring a few years ago, Sioux City officials wanted to renew it but move gambling to downtown, which was undergoing a renaissance but still had pockets of blight and missed opportunities. Officials saw the riverboat as mostly benefiting itself and drawing only gamblers.[…]

Gazette: Cedar Crossing rallies support for Cedar Rapids casino

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hundreds of people came to the U.S. Cellular Center Friday night to see if a new downtown casino would be a rose or a thorn for the city. The backers behind Cedar Crossing, one of three casino proposals for downtown, hosted a community event to rally support for their plan. About 500[…]

Gazette: Two firms to conduct market studies for proposed Cedar Rapids casinos

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The path forward for a high stakes decision of whether to approve a gambling license for one or more casinos in downtown Cedar Rapids became clearer today… A timeline for evaluating the proposals also was laid out at today’s meeting and includes the following dates: July 13 — The developers of the[…]

KGAN: Cedar Rapids Development Group announces casino proposal application

The Cedar Rapids Development Group, along with Peninsula Pacific, will submit an application for a casino license to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on February 13, 2017. The commission, after hiring a market research firm and completing a market study, is expected to make a decision in October or November of 2017. The application[…]

Gazette: More casino proposals for Cedar Rapids emerge

By. B.A. Morelli CEDAR RAPIDS — Two separate proposals for new casinos in Cedar Rapids will go before the City Council next week, according to documents released Friday. Plans include a revival of the failed 2014 casino proposal now called Cedar Crossing on the River, and a new pitch called Cedar Crossing Central, which would[…]