The Ohio gaming industry supports nearly 20,000 jobs statewide and has a total economic impact of $3.6 billion, according to new Casinos & Communities research the American Gaming Association (AGA) recently released at Miami Valley Gaming (MVG) in Lebanon.

“Throughout the state, the gaming industry is an engine of innovation for communities and its partners. We are engaging and supporting area small businesses, creating new partnerships with local non-profit organizations and providing good jobs that pave a path to the middle class for workers of all backgrounds,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of AGA at a recent event. “Today, gaming provides $804 million in supported wages and more than half a billion dollars in gaming tax revenues annually across the state. As the industry continues to grow, so, too, do the opportunities for our surrounding communities.”

"What we are seeing with the gaming industry in Ohio is a microcosm of how our economy looks when it is working as it’s designed to function,” said U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot.  “Private investment creates employment opportunities for local workers, including those with disabilities, which leads to economic growth, and higher tax revenues.  Higher revenues, in turn, help to support more robust local services.  Simply put, everyone benefits.”

AGA’s Casinos & Communities report provides an in-depth look at how the gaming industry supports local communities through non-profit partnerships and local workforce initiatives. The report – the first of its kind – spotlights several partnerships the gaming industry has forged with local elected officials and non-profit leaders in communities that host gaming locations across the Buckeye State. The full report can be viewed here.