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PA County to Vote on Casino Proceeds

9 September 2011 by admin

pennsylvaniaThere is an interesting online gambling program on the way in Pennsylvania. While it is not anything allowing residents to gamble at a casino online, it is still an innovative way to tackle the question of how a casino will benefit the community.

Residents of Erie County will soon have the opportunity to vote online on how revenue from Presque Isle Downs & Casino is spent. On Thursday, the board of directors of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority approved a program that they are calling “UChoose.” It is a grant program modeled after the popular Pepsi Refresh Everything grant program.

With the UChoose grant program, Erie County residents will have a say in how $30,000 in revenue from the casino is spent. Nonprofit groups and local organizations will be able to apply for the program starting October 10. The Gaming Revenue Authority will give out grants of $5,000; $10,000 and $15,000. On the website GoErie.com, residents will be able to vote on which groups receive the grants. It is a clever way to divvy up part of the gaming revenue that the county gets from the casino. The Gaming Revenue Authority receives approximately $12 million per year in gambling revenues from Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

In a statement the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority said that any “charitable, community, or educational project benefiting the people of Erie County” would be eligible for the grants. The projects funded by the grants should be completed within one year after receiving the grant money.

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