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Casino zoning control

State Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, announced a change of heart over a proposal to give casino-zoning control to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
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"Top GM"

John Kroll, general manager of the Hyatt Penn's Landing and president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association , was recently named top hotel GM in Pennsylvania.
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Hotel tax hike

Philadelphia hoteliers are considering whether to raise the tax on hotel stays to expand the stream of marketing dollars that bring conventioneers and tourists to the region.
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Vote YES on Ethics!

Organizations from all across the city and region are coming together to stop the "Pay-to-Play" system that wastes city money and erodes confidence that our government is working for us.

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Convention center expansion

Pennsylvania Convention Center officials received $16 million Monday to start preliminary work on the Philadelphia building's long-awaited expansion.
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Casino development propsals

Penn's Landing Corp. has issued an RFP for casino and related development proposals for an 11.5-acre parcel along the Delaware River. Responses are due Nov. 1, and the organization will identify a short list from the submissions by Nov. 23, with a final selection on or about Dec. 6. PHILADELPHIA-Penn’s Landing Corp. has issued an RFP for casino and related development proposals for an 11.5-acre parcel along the Delaware River. Responses are due Nov. 1, and the organization will identify a short list from the submissions by Nov. 23, with a final selection on or about Dec. 6.

Applications to the state for category-two slot machine licenses are due by Dec. 28. “The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has, in a way, set the schedule for the RFP and deadline,” Joseph Jacovini, an attorney with the local office of Dilworth Paxton, tells GlobeSt.com. He is general counsel for Penn’s Landing Corp., which is a nonprofit organization that manages the publicly owned land in the central waterfront district along the Delaware between Spring Garden Street to the north and Reed Street to the south.

The parcel for which the RFPs are solicited is known as the Incinerator and Festival Pier Site at the intersections of Spring Garden and N. Columbus Boulevard within this district. It is an area that was cited in the interim report by the Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force and deemed among the more beneficial locations for a slot parlor, especially when combined with another on the east side of the city. Two category-two licenses are available to the city.

In announcing the call for RFPs, Gene Newton, chairman of Penn’s Landing Corp., said the action was taken “because we want to evaluate specific proposals to develop gaming and related facilities at this particular site. …We believe this RFP process will provide a basis for achieving that goal in an open and competitive manner.”

The RFPs are solicited from “qualified real estate developers, gaming operators, other developers and development teams.” They will be required to submit “their qualifications, proposed development program, business proposal, preliminary impact assessment and strategies to lessen the effects of gaming on the surrounding areas along with an economic opportunity plan,” according to the announcement, which also encouraged participation by minority, female and disabled business owners.


This article appeared on GlobeSt.com originally on October 7, 2005.

 

 

 

July 4th Holiday

BuzzCommunications issues release to dispell the myth that hotel rooms are booked over the July 4th Holiday.
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Gravy Train

Activists want state lawmakers to put mass transit back on track.
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SEPTA cutbacks

SEPTA's warning that it may have to raise fares and eliminate weekend service is raising hackles at Philadelphia hotels.
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Airport cell phone lot

Help has arrived for people who have been illegally parking along the highway ramps near Philadelphia International Airport, waiting to receive a cell-phone call before picking up an arriving airline passenger.
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Tax Reform Commission Gains Support

Letter to Philadelphia City Council...
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SEPTA cutbacks

Hint of SEPTA cutbacks has hospitality officials fuming
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Convention Center wrestles with soaring budget

With land, construction and materials costs soaring, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is struggling to fit its showcase expansion within the $700 million the state budgeted for it.
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