FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2nd, 2010

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Video of PA Gaming Control Board Meetings And Hearings Now Available On Web Site

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has become the first Commonwealth agency to offer video of public meetings via the Internet.

Beginning today, videos of the 6 public board meetings or hearings dating back to May 13, 2010 are available on the PGCB’s web site, www.pgcb.state.pa.us, with meetings added soon after they occur.  Visitors can access the archived videos meeting page from a link on the PGCB web site home page, or from the calendar on its Board Meetings tab.

While the entire meeting or hearing is available for view, in order to better help the public locate portions of a meeting in which they have an interest,  videos are also bookmarked by agenda item so viewers can easily jump to just that specific section of the video.

Additional information on all meeting and hearings, including agendas, minutes, transcripts and presentation, dating back to 2004 continue to be available on the PGCB web site under the Board Meetings tab.

“Since its inception, the Gaming Control Board has continued to improve the transparency of its work to the public,” says Chairman Greg Fajt. “Our efforts to provide video access of our meetings is another example of how we have taken the lead in providing the public with easy access to the business of this agency including open meetings and a wealth of important information via our web site.”

The PGCB is providing the videos in collaboration with Granicus, Inc., a firm which provides comprehensive solutions for creating, managing and distributing live and on-demand streaming media content to support and enhance public meeting communications, internal training and public education programs for government.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.  Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 40 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry.  To date, with nine of a maximum fourteen casinos in operation, legalized gaming in the Commonwealth has created over 8,000 new living wage jobs, revenue that has provided property tax reduction in each of the past two years for all homeowners, funds that have reinvigorated Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, and new revenue to local governments that has funded scores of community projects.  A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.pgcb.state.pa.us.  At this web site, videos and information on the operation of the PGCB, problem gambling efforts and assistance, future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, an interactive map of casino locations, and a link to request a speaker are among the many items available.

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