March 11th, 2014


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Public And Government Officials Invited To Address Gaming Control Board At May 8th Public Hearing Concerning Lawrence Downs Casino And Racing Resort Gaming License Application

Registration to speak or submit written testimony can now be done through Board’s web site

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has begun accepting requests from citizens, public officials and community groups who wish to provide oral or written testimony regarding the joint venture application between Endeka Entertainment, L.P.  and Penn National Gaming, Inc. to obtain a Category 1 casino license at its proposed harness racing facility in Lawrence County. The facility would do business as Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort


The Board also announced that it will hold a public input hearing on May 8, 2014 at the Mahoning Township Community Center, 4512 West State Street, Hillsville PA, 16132.  The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. 


The purpose of the hearing which, per provisions of the Gaming Act must be held within the local municipality in which the proposed casino would be located, is to both provide a forum for individuals to voice their support or opposition to the proposed casino and permit those persons with an interest in the applicant’s proposal to learn more about the project.


Those wishing to present testimony at the public input hearing must register prior to the hearing by visiting the Board’s website,, and clicking the “Lawrence Downs Casino Public Input Form for Written Comments” link under the QuickLinks section of the home page.  There is a deadline of Noon, Tuesday May 6, 2014 for individuals and groups to register if they wish to present testimony at this hearing.


Additionally, those who cannot attend the public hearing but would like to place written comments into the record can submit these through same web site link, by faxing the comments to 717-346-8350, or via mail to:

PA Gaming Control Board

P.O. Box 69060, Harrisburg, PA 17106

Attention: Board Secretary


All information received by the Board during these proceedings, either in oral or written form, will be included in the record upon which the Board will grant or deny a license.


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 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. The 12 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state’s General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects.


A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.  You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.


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