Thursday, February 16, 2012

Study: Tioga Downs Casino Creating Jobs for Tioga County



611 Jobs Supported, Added Nearly $28.5 Million to Tioga County Economy & Generated Nearly $29 Million to State and Local Revenues Annually

Tioga Downs Casino added nearly $28.5 million to the Tioga County economy and generated nearly $29 million annually in revenues for the region and the state, according to a new economic impact analysis conducted by an independent firm.

This analysis also estimates that 611 local, full and part-time jobs are supported by the Casino.

The New York Gaming Association (NYGA) released part one of the two-part report today to outline the positive economic impact gaming has had on the local economy.

A second report, which will be released in the next 2 weeks, will show projections for future regional job growth and revenues that will be generated if enhanced gaming is authorized in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State legislature will consider passing a constitutional amendment to authorize enhanced gaming.

"New Yorkers need to have reliable jobs to be able to take care of their families and Tioga Down Casino has been able to provide those jobs to local residents," Jeff Gural, CEO and Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment said. "The more local residents we can employ, and the more money we can reinvest into our local economy the stronger our region will become."

According to estimates from the analysis, in 2011 Tioga Downs provided 611 local full and part-time jobs, with 249 of those jobs representing direct employment by the casino.

Tioga Downs Casino supported 166 jobs for racing and breeding.

Wages and salaries for employees totaled more than $7 million.

Additional findings from the report show that in 2011, Tioga Downs:
• Accounted for nearly $28.4 million in economic output for the region;
• Reinvested more than $1.6 million into the local economy with the purchase of goods and services (including construction) from businesses in Tioga County;
• Accounted directly and indirectly for nearly $602,000 in revenues for Tioga County municipalities, and;
• Generated over $27 million in State revenues, of which more than $21 million went towards education in New York State, which is the equivalent of paying the salaries of more than 303 elementary and secondary school teachers throughout New York State.

The nine Racetrack Casinos comprising the New York Gaming Association include:
• Batavia Downs Casino
• Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
• Empire Resorts at Monticello Casino & Raceway
• Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
• Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds
• Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct Racetrack
• Saratoga Casino & Raceway
• Tioga Downs Casino
• Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel

The New York Gaming Association members have contributed $1.96 billion to the State in 2011.

Over $830.5 million has gone to fund education in New York State which is the equivalent of paying the salaries of more than 11,900 elementary and secondary school teachers throughout New York State.

The nine Racetrack Casinos employ nearly 5,500 New Yorkers directly and have created a total of 17,400 jobs both directly and indirectly across the state.

The economic impact analysis study was conducted by Appleseed Inc., a New York City firm that specializes in providing economic and social research analysis.