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STRONG ATTENDANCE AT RACETRACK SLOTS ADDS 38 NEW JOBS

April 5, 2002 – Mayor Wayne Redekop on behalf of the Council for the Town of Fort Erie today reported that due to strong attendance at the Fort Erie Racetrack Slots the hours of operation are being expanded. “This means an additional 21 full-time and 17 part-time jobs,” said the Mayor. Council’s leadership in recognizing the importance of gaming to Fort Erie back in 1999 continues to show results.”

Strong attendance figures compelled the extension of hours by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The new hours will come into affect on April 1, 2002. Monday through Thursday, the facility will be open from 9:00 am to 3:00 am and 24 hours a day on the weekends. The weekend hours have been changed to accommodate heightened attendance.

Cathy Brewster, General Manager for the Community Gaming Development Corporation (CGDC) of Fort Erie said “Gaming is good economic development because it enables the Town to invest their share of gaming proceeds in our community.” Last year, the Town of Fort Erie, through gaming activities like the racetrack slots and bingo licensing, invested approximately $6.0 million into community. Mayor Redekop added “Long-term investments like these mean that Fort Erie residents benefit from programs that help to improve health and wellness. This is one tangible way that Council, through the support of the CGDC, is making a big difference for all of us.”

Paul Micucci, Vice President, Slots at Racetracks Development and Operations for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation recognized too the positive spin-off. “We are proud of the role Fort Erie Slots has played in supporting and expanding tourism and economic development in the region", said Micucci.

The additional employees increases the total employment for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation facility in Fort Erie to 388 people.

Jennifer M. Patrick
Communications & Community Relations
The Town of Fort Erie