NCLGS Panel to Address How Location of

New Casinos Can Maximize Public Benefit


DENVER – The critical question of whether to locate casinos in urban, suburban or rural areas will be examined when the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) convenes its Summer Meeting, July 12-15 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

The question of determining the optimal location for new casinos has been vexing policymakers across the United States for nearly a half-century. Should casinos be located to revitalize urban centers? Or should the locations favor either populous and prosperous major cities or rural areas? What can policymakers learn from past legislative debates to make the best decisions moving forward for their regions and states? 

The NCLGS Committee on Casinos will examine this issue, with NCLGS Vice President Shawn Fluharty, a delegate from West Virginia who serves as Minority Whip, moderating a panel discussion that includes these experts:

  • Sean Demeule, Vice President and General Manager, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, and President, Colorado Gaming Association

  • Alex Dixon, President and CEO, Q Casino, and CEO, Dubuque Racing Association (DRA)

  • Elizabeth Suever, Vice President Government Relations, Bally’s

NCLGS is the only gaming conference in the United States that focuses on legislative decision-makers. The Summer Meeting agenda is posted and registration is open.

The NCLGS semiannual meeting will Include:

  • More than 50 gaming industry leader speakers
  • Dozens of legislators, regulators, operators, suppliers, attorneys, lobbyists and media
  • Critical discussions on all current aspects of regulated gaming
  • Keynote addresses
  • Legislative Committee sessions
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Two evening networking receptions

In addition, Gaming Laboratories International will co-locate its Regulatory Roundtable with the NCLGS Summer Meeting, and the Sports Betting Regulators Association will hold a general session open to all attendees.

To review the agenda and register, click here. Room accommodation at the Sheraton will sell out so book your room today.

For sponsorship information, contact Josh Faber at or Allison McCoy at

Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at

NCLGS meetings are organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, which serves as NCLGS Executive Director.


NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation. Learn more about NCLGS at

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