Business Leaders to Fight Davenport Casino

Some Quad City business leaders will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss Davenport’s plans to buy the Rhythym City Casino.

The meeting starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Pepperjack’s on Kimberly Road. RDA Treasurer Don Decker set up the meeting with business leaders across the area.

John Gardner, former publisher of the Quad City Times, Hap Volz of Wells Fargo Bank, and Mike Duffy of Per Mar Security have all said they would come to Wednesday’s meeting. As previously reported, Davenport began talks with Ingenus Management in January to build a casino on the I-280 and I-80 corridor in Northwest Davenport. The city is also interested in building a smaller casino in downtown Davenport.

Decker has been a bit of a roadblock so far to the city’s plans. He has spoken out at RDA meetings about why he thinks a city-owned casino is very risky. He has lobbied for support since the city announced its plans in October.

The RDA has still not given the Davenport Community Improvement Corporation, or the city’s casino board, a gaming license. They need to do that before they can present this proposal in front of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for a vote in April. Decker told us on the phone the RDA could vote on the issue Monday.

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