FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4th, 2005

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Board Announces Location of Sept. 29 Philadephia Diversity Forum

Board Completing Details of Oct. 27 Forum in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that it will hold the first of two Gaming Diversity Forums designed to promote the inclusion of women- and minority-owned businesses in the Commonwealth’s emerging gaming industry in the Fox Gites Room of the Liacouras Center on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia on Thursday Sept. 29, 2005.

The Board is also moving forward with its second planned Diversity Forum, scheduled for Thursday Oct. 27, 2005, on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Details of the Pittsburgh forum will also be announced as soon as they are completed.

“These forums will facilitate the participation of women and minorities in the new, multi-billion dollar gaming industry in Pennsylvania, so we’re encouraging people who are interested to mark the calendars now,” said Tad Decker, Chairman of the Board. “We’re bringing in some top-flight speakers to help educate a new class of entrepreneurs about the opportunities that will be open to them.”

Decker said the Philadelphia forum will be a day-long event consisting of three main sessions and networking opportunities for participants. Subjects for the main sessions are an Overview of Gaming in Pennsylvania; Advancing Diversity Among Manufacturers and Suppliers; and Preparing to Do Business.
Further details for both forums will be announced as soon as they are completed, and the Board will publish registrations form and instructions for registration on its Web site, www.pgcb.state.pa.us.

Act 71 of 2004, which authorized expanded gaming in the Commonwealth, requires the Board to promote diversity in all aspects of gaming in Pennsylvania.

Editor’s Note: A tentative agenda for the Philadelphia forum follows.

TENTATIVE AGENDA
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Gaming Enterprise Diversity Forum
Fox Gites Room, Liacouras Center
Temple University
Philadelphia
September 29, 2005
Session I
 

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Address

9:15 – 10:00 Gaming in Pennsylvania

a. Act
b. Regulations
c. PGCB Operations
d. Diversity Plan Requirements under the Act
e. Panel Discussion

10:00 – 10:15 Break

Session II
 

10:15 – 11:45 Advancing Mfg/Supplier Diversity

a. Enterprise Opportunities in the PA Gaming Industry
b. Performing Effective Outreach to Women, Minority and Disadvantaged Business Owners
c. Panel Discussion

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch/Keynote Speaker TBA

Session III
 

1:00 – 3:00 Preparing To Do Business

a. Licensing Requirements
b. DGS Certification Requirements (Peter Speaks)
c. Starting a Business Rep from Small Business Development Center
d. Panel Discussion

3:00 – 3:15 Closing Remarks

3:15 – 3:45 Participants/Panelists Reception